Museum Admission & Membership Discounts (Updated!)

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Local Museum Discounts in Hampton Roads VA

Interested in saving some money on local Museum memberships or tours in Hampton Roads this summer? Here are some current, and upcoming local options... If we missed a local discount you are aware of please let us know! Additions to this list can be Submitted Here!

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Blue Star Museums

  • Free museum admission for military and military family members at select museums nationwide.


Newport News


Mariners' Museum





The Chrysler Museum

  • Admission to the Chrysler Museum is always free.
    • The Wonder Studio is an interactive family-friendly gallery to learn about the Chrysler Museum’s collection. (check for updates of exhibits open during COVID-19)


Hampton Roads Naval Museum

  • Museum Admission at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum is always free. 


Hermitage Museum & Gardens

  • Admission to the Hermitage Museum & Gardens is FREE in 2021. 
  • The Hermitage Museum and Gardens and Hunter House Victorian Museum are swapping members for the summer! June 1st through August 31st, Active Members of our respective museums will enjoy a variety of member perks and exclusive offers.  

Hunter House Museum

  • The Hermitage Museum and Gardens and Hunter House Victorian Museum are swapping members for the summer! June 1st through August 31st, 2021, Active Members of our respective museums will enjoy a variety of member perks and exclusive offers.  



Currently, open with new safety guidelines.  

  • Select Dates offer Late Night Admission (open until 8pm). Tickets are priced at just: $7.57 +tax with access to the new exhibit, Going Places, + live music + drinks/eats on the Big Wisky Porch! Note: Select interior exhibits inside Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin will be closed for this event series.
    • June 17
    • July 22
    • August 19
  • Military Discount: Through 2021 - All active duty military members can purchase Nauticus general admission tickets from their local MWR office at a special rate of $13.25 for Adults and $11 for children.
  • Teacher Discount: Through 2021 - Free admission to licensed Virginia and North Carolina teachers. Show your educator ID at the Nauticus admissions desk for free entry!


Norfolk Botanical Garden

Currently, open with new safety guidelines.

  • Nauticus Members: Nauticus Members who visit Norfolk Botanical Garden will receive free admission during the month of AUGUST 2021 during the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit.  Nauticus members will receive admission registration information and an exclusive code from Nauticus. All participants must register in advance and present Nauticus membership card upon visit to the Garden. Not valid for paid special events and education programs.  

  • Through the PowerUp! Program: Regular Garden admission discounted to $5 per person. May be asked to show ID. *Discount not valid during special events and cannot be applied toward seasonal boat tours. 


Virginia Zoo 

Currently, open with new safety guidelines.

  • Through the PowerUp! Program: $5 general admission to any Medicaid recipient age 2 and up (free admission to babies younger than 2). The discount applies Sunday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. **Excludes special events and cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts.**
  • JULY MEMBERSHIP SWAP - JULY 1, 2021 @ 10:00 AM – JULY 31, 2021 @ 5:00 PM EDT Virginia MOCA members who visit the Zoo: will receive free, unlimited admission when they visit the Zoo 10% discounts in the gift shop and foodservice locations. Not valid for special events and education programs. MOCA members who join the Virginia Zoo during the month of July can take advantage of two extra months – free – on a Virginia Zoo membership. Cannot be combined with other discounts. 



Children's Museum of Virginia

  • Museums On Us - Children's Museum of VA 
    • Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Cardholders can enjoy FREE admission at select Museums on the first weekend of each month. In Hampton Roads, this promotion is accepted at the Children's Museum of VA.
  • Museum for All Initiative - Children's Museum of VA
    • Participating museums have committed to offering individual admission fees ranging from free to $3.00 to individuals and families presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID.  
  • Discounts are also available for:
    • Portsmouth city employees - must present their employee identification card on-site to receive the discount.
    • Teacher Discount - Discount limited to PreK-12th grade Virginia teachers with valid identification
    • Reciprocal museum program members (ACM, ASTC, and NARM) must present valid museum membership that meets the requirements of the program as well as valid picture identification on-site to receive the discount.
    • SHRMF members must present museum identification and valid picture identification on-site to receive the discount. 

Virginia Beach


Free Admission Days at the Thoroughgood House

  • In addition to Saturdays, the Thoroughgood House will be open for free tours on Thursdays and Fridays starting June 17.


Virginia MOCA

  • Virginia MOCA - Virginia MOCA is OPEN with limited hours, and admission to the current exhibits is free! 
  • JULY MEMBERSHIP SWAP - JULY 1, 2021 @ 10:00 AM – JULY 31, 2021 @ 5:00 PM EDT  Virginia Zoo members who visit Virginia MOCA will receive: Exclusive ticket reservation link Access to Member Preview Days on July 15 and 16 for upcoming exhibitions: She Says: Women, Words, and Power, Amplify, & Lauren Keim: Everyday Magic Everyday Magic (Exhibitions open to the public on July 17) $10 off a Virginia MOCA Individual or Household membership if purchased during July Raffle Giveaways with Virginia MOCA Swag 10% at Read Books RESERVE MOCA TICKETS 


Colonial Williamsburg 


  • PowerUp! Participants receive $5 single day admission ticket per cardholder ages 6+, under 6 years old free. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
  • Military discount - Active-duty Military, Reservists, National Guard Personnel, Retired military and veterans enjoy FREE Admission to Colonial Williamsburg on select days each year.

A Bit Of A Drive



Guided Grounds and House Tour at Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond

    • Save up to 34% on Admission and Tour of the Tuckahoe Plantation with this offer. There are ticket options for groups of 2, 4, or 6 available

James Madison Museum in Orange, VA 

  • Admission for Two, Three, or Four Adults to James Madison Museum (Up to 20% Off)

Historic St Luke's Church in Smithfield

Enjoy a 45 minute Guided Tour for 2 or 4 people.

    • $10 for Tour of Virginia’s oldest church for 2
    • $16 for Tour of Virginia’s oldest church for 4



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