Portsmouth: Museums & Historical Places

African American Historical Society of Portsmouth

Description: Organization dedicated to collecting local African history and promoting, encouraging, and coordinating original historical activities, relating to African Americans in the Portsmouth area through oral and written interviews and other research activities.
Phone: (757) 487-9431

Children's Museum of Virginia

Description: Hands On Exhibits, Classes and Events. Birthday Parties and Summer Camps and Homeschool Programs.
Phone: (757) 393-5258

Civil War Trails

Description: A series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad.

Jewish Museum & Cultural Center

Description: Museum & Cultural Center honoring Jewish history in Hampton Roads. Tours by appointment.
Phone: (757) 391-9266


Description: This lightship turned museum is fitted out realistically and filled with artifacts, uniforms, photographs, models, and more.
Phone: (757) 393-8591

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Description: Rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public. Summer Camps available.
Phone: (757) 393-8543

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Description: This museum covers over 250 years of history surrounding America’s oldest and largest naval shipyard.
Phone: (757) 393-8591

Railroad Museum of Virginia

Description: Lear all about the local history of trains. Birthday party options may be available.
Phone: (757) 335-2284

The Hill House Museum

Description: A four story brick home operated as a not-for-profit museum.
Phone: (757) 393-0241

The Portsmouth Community Colored Library

Description: The Portsmouth Community Colored Library served black patrons from 1945 until 1963, when the main library was integrated.
Phone: (757) 393-8983 x21

Virginia Railroad Museum

Description: Come out to learn about the exhibits and artifacts from the history of railroads and their people.
Phone: (757) 335-2284

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

Description: Sports museum with multimedia and interactive exhibits, as well as displays honoring Virginia sports stars. Birthday Parties available.
Phone: (757) 393-8031
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