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  1. A Self-Guided Tour of African American History in Virginia Beach
    Brochure celebrating Virginia Beach's historic landmarks that showcase African Americans' craftmanship. Available in Virginia Welcome Centers, and on this link. Link to brochure: https://www.vaaccvb.org/uploads/1/3/4/3/134313943/african_american_history_print__3_.pdf
    Virginia Beach, VA
  2. Aberdeen Gardens History Museum
    The museum celebrates the history, heritage and future of historic Aberdeen Gardens. Free admission, call to schedule a tour.
    57 N. Mary Peake Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666
    (757) 722-2345
  3. Adam Thoroughgood House
    Historical home built circa 1719. Tours and special events. Free admission for tours.
    1636 Parish Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455
    757-385-5100
  4. African American Historical Society of Portsmouth
    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.
    Portsmouth, VA
    (757) 487-9431
  5. Air Power Park
    Free Museum Admission- Rockets and Aircraft within the Park. Playground.
    413 W. Mercury Boulevard Hampton, VA 23666
    (757) 727-8311
  6. Armed Forces Memorial
    The Armed Forces Memorial is a 160-foot monument with 20 bronze cast letters (actual letters from members of the Armed Forces who never returned from war) scattered across the base of a flagpole.
    Southeastern corner of Town Point Park Downtown Norfolk VA
    (757) 664-6620
  7. Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
    Seasonal. Art & artifacts documenting the migratory birds that pass through this area of Eastern Virginia.
    1113 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    (757) 437-8432
  8. Attucks Theatre
    Performance venue and historical landmark in Norfolk.
    1010 Church Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510
    (757) 664-6464
  9. Barry Art Museum at ODU
    The Barry Art Museum is operated by the Old Dominion University Museum Foundation, in partnership with Old Dominion University. Admission is Free. Public programs and activities are offered.
    Barry Art Museum 1075 W. 43rd Street Norfolk, VA 23529
    757-683-6200
  10. Battle of Dam #1- Historical Site
    Historic site where five miles of evidence from the Battle of Dam #1 can still be found.
    13564 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News Park Newport News, VA 23603
    (757) 247-8523
  11. Battle of Lee’s Mill- Historic Site
    Scene of the April 5, 1862 Battle of Lee's Mill.
    180 River's Ridge Circle, Lee's Mill Park Newport News, VA 23608
    (757) 247-8523
  12. Cannonball Trail
    Follow markers through Town Point Park and Downtown Norfolk on the self-guided tour. Download map on the website link.
    Freemason Street Reception Center for the Cannonball Trail 401 E. Freemason St Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 441-1526
  13. Cedar Hill Cemetery
    Historical site and home of The Confederate Monument. Guided lantern tours offered.
    North Main Street & Constance Road Suffolk VA 23434
    (757) 514-4130
  14. Chesapeake Veterans Memorial
    Memorial dedicated to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    306 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322
    (757) 382-6151
  15. Children’s Museum of Virginia
    Hands On Exhibits, Classes and Events. Birthday Parties and Summer Camps and Homeschool Programs.
    221 High Street Portsmouth, VA 23704
    (757) 393-5258
  16. Chrysler Museum
    Art Museum. General admission is free. Free Family Activities and Programs. Regularly Scheduled Free Admission/Family Weekend. Summer Camps available. Participant in Blue Star Museum Program. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12-5pm.
    One Memorial Place Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 664-6200
  17. Civil War Trails
    A series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad.
    Hampton Roads, VA
  18. Civil War Trails
    A series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad.
    Hampton Roads, VA
  19. Civil War Trails
    A series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad.
    Hampton Roads, VA
  20. Civil War Trails
    A series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad.
    Hampton Roads, VA
  21. Civil War Trails
    A series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad.
    Hampton Roads, VA
  22. Civil War Trails
    A series of Civil War battle sites also used as a path for the Underground Railroad.
    Hampton Roads, VA
  23. Congress & Cumberland Overlook- Historical Site
    Scene of the sinking of the U.S.S. Cumberland and U.S.S. Congress by the ironclad C.S.S. Virginia.
    26th Street & West Avenue, Christopher Newport Park Newport News, VA 23607
    (757) 247-8523
  24. d’ART Center
    d'Art Center hosts art exhibitions, houses gallery and studio spaces with on-site resident artists to interact with, and provides interactive programming. The center also offers art-focused summer camp programming for ages 6-13 in June - August, and children's workshops and classes for ages 6+!
    NEON District 740 Boush Street Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 625-4211
  25. Endview Plantation
    2020 Summer camps have been canceled. Historical home built in 1769 this house has witnessed the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Tours, exhibits, special events and programs throughout the entire year. Civil War Camps.
    362 Yorktown Road, Newport News Park Newport News, VA 23603
    (757) 887-1862
  26. Ferry Plantation House
    Historic Federalist style home built in 1830. Tours of the home, special events, and summer camps available.
    4136 Cheswick Lane Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
    (757) 473-5182
  27. First Suffolk Church Site
    Historical site of the first church in Suffolk.
    Western Avenue Suffolk VA 23434
    (757) 514-4030
  28. Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
    Free Casement Museum Admission. Summer concerts, special events.
    CM 20 Bernard Road Fort Monroe, VA 23651
    (757) 727-3391
  29. Fort Norfolk
    The last remaining harbor front fort from the time of George Washington. Free admission.
    801 Front Street Norfolk VA 23510
    (757) 642-8311 or (757) 625-1720
  30. Fort Wool
    Island fortress used in Civil War, WWI and WWII
    Hampton, VA
  31. Francis Land House
    Historical home of a plantation owner, built circa 1805. Regular community programs and storytimes. Free events scheduled monthly.
    3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23452
    (757) 385-5100
  32. Glebe Episcopal Church
    Historical landmark built in 1737.
    4400 Nansemond Pkwy Suffolk VA 23435
    (757) 538-8842
  33. Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Museum
    Visitors will experience life in 18th century Virginia, learn about the water that defined the landscape, visit a Three Tun Tavern and find themselves in the middle of the Battle of Great Bridge which led Virginia on the path to independence. Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm Second Sunday of Each Month 1pm – 4pm Monday and Tuesday Closed Admission: General Admission - $8 Military (Active, Retired, Reserves) - $7 Seniors (65+) - $7 Youth (ages 6-17) - $5 Children (ages 0-5) – FREE
    1775 Historic Way Chesapeake, VA 23320
    757-482-4480
  34. Great Bridge Battlefield Historic Site
    Location of the 1st Battle of the Revolutionary War in the state of Virginia.
    Locks Road off of Battlefield Blvd Chesapeake, VA
  35. Hampton Carousel
    Antique carousel, open for rides seasonally. Special Events available.
    602 Settlers Landing Road Hampton, VA 23669
    (757) 727-0900
  36. Hampton History Museum
    Museum focused on the history of Hampton, Virginia. Youth and family programs. Archaeology Club. Summer Camp. Free 2nd Saturday Events.
    120 Old Hampton Ln. Hampton, VA 23669
    (757) 727-1610
  37. Hampton Roads Naval Museum
    Museum follows the extensive history of the fleet in Hampton Roads. Free Admission. Seasonal Family Programming.
    One Waterside Drive Ste 248 Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 322-2987
  38. Harrison Opera House
    Historic theater and home to the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Opera.
    160 West Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, Virginia 23510
    (757) 664-6464
  39. Hermitage Museum & Gardens
    Historic home with art galleries, gardens, woodlands and wetlands. Art classes, family programming, camps and tours. Check out the brand new Artful Play classes for ages 14-30 months and 2-3 at the Visual Arts Studio!
    7637 North Shore Road Norfolk, VA 23505
    (757) 423-2052
  40. Hunter House Victorian Museum
    The Hunter House Victorian Museum serves as a rich example of Victorian decorative arts and architecture. Guests are invited to meet the Hunters as they tour two floors of the home, which feature the Hunter family's collection of furniture, books, decorative objects, and more. Join us and transport yourself to the splendor and opulence of the Victorian Era! Storytime and special events for children and families are available.
    240 W Freemason St Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 623-9814
  41. Jerrassic Park
    See our unique collection of dinosaur sculptures at the entrance to the Virginia Beach Airport and museum property. It’s a great place to bring your kids or grandchildren if they like dinosaurs! Jerrassic Park is Free to the public! Visit Jerrassic Park and win a prize for identifying all the dinosaurs! Free to children under 6, as well as grandfathers. Puzzle prizes will be awarded for $1 to all other ages. Solve the dinosaur puzzle to claim your grand prize!
    1341 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23457
    (757) 721-7767
  42. Jewish Museum & Cultural Center
    Museum & Cultural Center honoring Jewish history in Hampton Roads. Tours by appointment.
    607 Effingham Street Portsmouth, VA 23707
    (757) 391-9266
  43. Lee Hall Depot
    The Lee Hall Depot was constructed in the 1880s. The site is under construction, visitors can not access the inside of the depot due to construction.
    Elmhurst Street and Warwick Boulevard Newport News VA 23603
    (757) 886-2715
  44. Lee Hall Mansion
    One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula. Tours, activities and special events offered throughout the year.
    362 Yorktown Road Newport News, VA 23603
    (757) 888-3371
  45. LIGHTSHIP PORTSMOUTH
    This lightship turned museum is fitted out realistically and filled with artifacts, uniforms, photographs, models, and more.
    Water and London streets on the Waterfront Portsmouth, VA 23703
    (757) 393-8591
  46. Little England Chapel
    Free admission to the historic chapel that includes an exhibit on African-American religion.
    4100 Kecoughtan Road Hampton, VA 23669
    (757) 723-6803
  47. Lynnhaven House
    Small brick house, circa 1725, with period furnishings and tours.
    4405 Wishart Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455
    (757) 460-7109
  48. MacArthur Memorial
    Memorial to General MacArthur and the millions of American men and women who served in the US Armed Forces from the Civil War through the Korean War.
    MacArthur Memorial, MacArthur Square 198 Bank Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 441-2965
  49. Mariners’ Museum
    Maritime History Museum. Youth and family programs. Homeschool Programs.
    100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606
    (757) 596-2222
  50. Mermaids On Parade
    Beginning at Nauticus, three separate trails take you along the Elizabeth River past Waterside, to the heart of downtown or to the Chrysler Museum while telling local history from the perspective of the 26 Mermaid statues along the trail.
    One Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 664-4000
  51. Military Aviation Museum
    The Military Aviation Museum, located at the Virginia Beach Airport, is home to one of the largest private collections of First and Second World War, and Korean War era fighters, bombers, trainers and seaplanes. Summer Camps and Special Events, Homeschool Events and Storytimes available.
    1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457
    (757) 721-7767
  52. Monitor-Merrimack Overlook- Historic Site
    Scene of the famous Battle of the Ironclads, the C.S.S. Virginia and the U.S.S. Monitor.
    16th Street & Oak Avenue, Anderson Park Newport News, VA 23607
    (757) 247-8523
  53. Moses Myers House
    Historic home. Free admission and guided tours.
    323 E. Freemason St Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 333-1087
  54. Nansemond County Courthouse
    Historical Courthouse built in 1840 and site of Suffolk Visitor's Center.
    524 North Main Street Suffolk VA 23434
    (757) 514-4130
  55. Nauticus
    The National Maritime Center, lots of family activities and home to the Battleship Wisconsin. Summer Sailing Camps available for ages 8-11. Homeschool Programs available.
    One Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA, 23510
    (757) 664-1000
  56. Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
    This 1899 Victorian home belonged to Joseph Thomas Newsome, a prominent Newport News attorney, journalist, and civil rights pioneer. Local programs and community events.
    2803 Oak Avenue Newport News, VA 23607
    (757) 247-2360
  57. Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House
    Historic home. Free admission and guided tours.
    601 E. Freemason St Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 664-6200
  58. Norfolk Police & Fire Rescue Museum
    History of police force and fire rescue in Norfolk. Free admission, donations are appreciated.
    401 E. Freemason St. Norfolk, VA 23510
    (757) 441-1526
  59. Norfolk Southern Museum
    Over 180 years of railroad history. Free admission.
    3 Commercial Place, Ground Floor Norfolk, VA 23510
  60. Obici Mansion
    Historic home of founder of Planters Peanuts. Currently undergoing renovation and not open to the public.
    Sleepy Hole Golf Course 4700 Sleepy Hole Rd Suffolk, VA 23435
    (757) 514-7250
  61. Ocean View Station Museum
    Local museum in Ocean View, Norfolk
    Pretlow Library 111 W Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23503
    (757) 531-0445
  62. Pokey Smokey II
    The Pokey Smokey II is a ride-able scale replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington train. Rides given seasonally according to a set schedule (see website link) for a small fee.
    City Park 140 City Park Avenue Portsmouth,VA 23701
    (757) 393-8000
  63. Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
    Rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public. Summer Camps available.
    420 High St, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
    (757) 393-8543
  64. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
    This museum covers over 250 years of history surrounding America’s oldest and largest naval shipyard.
    2 High Street on the Waterfront Portsmouth, VA 23703
    (757) 393-8591
  65. Railroad Museum of Virginia
    Lear all about the local history of trains. Birthday party options may be available.
    16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23704
    (757) 335-2284
  66. Riddick’s Folly House Museum
    Historic home of the Riddick Family built in 1847.
    510 North Main Street Suffolk VA 23434
    (757) 934-0822
  67. Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
    Historic train station and museum built in 1885. Free admission (donations accepted). Birthday parties available
    326 North Main Street Suffolk VA 23434
    (757) 923-4750
  68. Skiffe’s Creek Redoubt – Historical Site
    This site was part of the Skiffes Creek Line. It was built to defend the Confederate Mulberry Island-James River section during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862.
    22 Enterprise Drive Newport News, VA 23603
    (757) 247-8523
  69. Southern Gun Works and Museum
    Military souvenirs and art.
    167 South Main Street Suffolk VA 23434
    (757) 934-1423
  70. St Johns Episcopal
    Historical site in Chuckatuck Village.
    828 King's Hwy Suffolk VA 23432
    (757) 255-4168
  71. St. John’s Church
    Historic site. Free Museum Admission
    100 W. Queens Way Hampton, VA 23699
    (757) 722-2567
  72. Suffolk Art League
    Art exhibitions, classes and workshops for all ages. Summer art camps available.
    118 Bosley Avenue Suffolk, VA 23434
    (757) 925-0448
  73. Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society
    Historical Society in the area of Suffolk, VA. Occasional historical-themed events and story times for kids.
    Phillips-Dawson House 137 Bank St Suffolk, VA 23434
    (757) 539-2781
  74. The Elizabeth River Trail
    Scenic trail through areas of Norfolk with markers providing area history.
    Norfolk, VA
  75. The Hill House Museum
    A four story brick home operated as a not-for-profit museum.
    221 North Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
    (757) 393-0241
  76. The Historic de Witt Cottage & Gardens
    A hidden "Gem" on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Built in 1895 by the first Mayor of VB, Mr. Bernard Holland for his Bride, Emily. 4,000 square feet of gardens surround the Cottage. Open to the public. Tours are available. Houses the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum.
    1113 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    (757) 437-8432
  77. The Portsmouth Community Colored Library
    The Portsmouth Community Colored Library served black patrons from 1945 until 1963, when the main library was integrated.
    521 Middle Street Portsmouth, VA 23704
    (757) 393-8983 x21
  78. Union Kempsville Museum
    First African American high school in Virginia Beach.
    Located inside Renaissance Academy 5100 Cleveland Street Virginia Beach, VA 23464
    (757) 648-6006
  79. Victory Arch Historic Site
    A memorial to the men and women of the armed forces. Currently is used as the site of the Newport News annual Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies.
    25th Street & West Avenue Newport News, VA 23607
    (757) 247-8523
  80. Virginia African American Cultural Center
    The mission of the Virginia African American Cultural Center, to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate the Commonwealth's African American history, culture and community from the early 1600s to the present, and to inform and educate the public about African American contributions and achievements in business, politics, religion, civic organizations and the Arts.
    744 Hampshire Lane, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 (future location)
    757-363-1629
  81. Virginia Air & Space Science Center
    Hands-on aviation & space exhibits spanning 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, space flight artifacts and a giant-screen 3D IMAX Theater. Birthday Parties available. Summer Camps.
    600 Settlers Landing Rd Hampton, VA 23669
    (757) 727-0900
  82. Virginia Aquarium
    Hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. 3D IMAX® Theater. Boat trips, tours, children's programs. Birthday parties and summer camps available.
    717 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA, 23451
    (757) 385-3474
  83. Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum
    Discover Virginia Beach history in one of the oldest buildings on the boardwalk. Exhibits cover shipwrecks, rescues, and local storms, along with boardwalk, surfing, and lifeguard history. Group tours and homeschool programs available.
    2401 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    (757) 422-1587
  84. Virginia Legends Walk
    Virginia Legends Walk's purpose is to honor great Virginians, past and present, who have made significant contributions to our nation and the world.
    13th Street, between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Avenue Virginia Beach, VA
    (757) 463-4500
  85. Virginia Living Museum
    Virtual Camps available for Summer 2020! Hands-on activities, observatory, planetarium, outdoor boardwalk, native plant and conservation gardens, and 250 living species. Birthday parties available. Summer camps. Homeschool Programs.
    524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd Newport News, VA 23601
    (757) 595-1900
  86. Virginia MOCA
    The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art offers a variety of classes and camps for children and teens ages 2 -17. Campers exercise their imaginations and express themselves through art classes designed to challenge and inspire. Explore a wide variety of media including animation, clay, glass, painting, photography, and more! Homeschool Classes available. Preschool Art Classes available. Regularly scheduled Free Family Fest events.
    2200 Parks Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    (757) 425-0000
  87. Virginia Railroad Museum
    Come out to learn about the exhibits and artifacts from the history of railroads and their people.
    16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23704
    (757) 335-2284
  88. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
    Sports museum with multimedia and interactive exhibits, as well as displays honoring Virginia sports stars. Birthday Parties available.
    249 Central Park Ave Suite 230 Virginia Beach VA 23462
    757-800-1555
  89. Virginia War Museum
    Museum displays documenting America's wars from 1775 to the present. Summer camps.
    9285 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, Virginia 23607
    (757) 247-8523
  90. Warwick Court House- Historical Site
    Site of the 1810 courthouse and also the site of the recently restored 1884 Warwick Court House.
    1401 Old Courthouse Way Newport News, VA 23602
    (757) 247-8523
  91. Watermens Museum
    Museum focused on the history of the men and women of the Chesapeake Bay region. Camps, School Programs, and programs for students with special educational needs are available.
    309 Water Street Yorktown, VA 23690
    (757) 887-2641
  92. Wells Theatre
    Historic landmark and performance venue in Norfolk, home to the Virginia Stage Company
    110 East Tazewell Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510
    (757) 664-6464
  93. Whitehurst-Buffington House
    The Whitehurst-Buffington House, circa 1793, is designated as one of the 50 most historically significant structures in Virginia Beach. The Whitehurst-Buffington House is currently being restored and preserved as a living example of Virginia life in the 18th and 19th centuries and as a tribute to the Whitehurst family.
    2441 North Landing Road Virginia Beach, VA
  94. Yorktown Trolley
    Free Rides on the Yorktown Trolley - throughout the historic area, seasonally in Yorktown.
    Yorkown, VA
  95. Young’s Mill- Historic Site
    Area local to this 1820 tide mill formed part of the first line of defense during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862.
    13055 Warwick Boulevard Newport News, VA 23602
    (757) 247-8523