Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Carrollton Smithfield
20080 Brewer's Neck Blvd.
Carrollton, VA 23314
Phone: (757) 542-3091
Fax: (757) 542-3097
Arts & Museums
Explore the arts at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Pfac) with an ever-changing array of exhibitions, programs, events and studio classes. Pfac's mission is to provide a balanced and stimulating program of visual arts, through dynamic exhibitions and educational programs for children and adults. Schedule a tour to learn more about the exhibitions and have a fun, interactive experience. Pfac offers guided tours to groups of 10 or more. Tours encourage guests to actively view and discuss the art. To schedule a tour please call the Education Department at least four weeks in advance of the date your group would like to visit Pfac.
On March 9, 2007, exactly 145 years after the historic clash between the Civil War ironclads, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, The Mariners' Museum opened the doors. This premier Civil War attractions holds the USS Monitor Center. This dramatic new 63,500-square-foot facility will enthrall families with exciting exhibits, bring students face-to-face with history, house state-of-the-art conservation labs and offer historians rich resources for research. Explore 125 boats from around the world in the International Small Craft Center. Examine intricately carved figureheads, scrimshaw and other rare examples of folk art. See artifacts pulled from the Titanic. And much more!
The Virginia Living Museum is Hampton Road's own natural history museum. Learn all about the different habitats of Virginia and the animals that live in them, from Chesapeake Bay to swamps and mountains. Kids will love the large aquariums and running around the beautiful gardens. The Touch Tank is an especially popular exhibit where kids can get hands on with different tidepool creatures. The museum also has a planetarium that can be visited for an additional price.
American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more, trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military and Visions of War, the museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection.
James Apostle Fields was born a slave in Hanover County, Virginia and found refuge at Fort Monroe during the Civil War in 1862 as "Contraband of War." Mr. Fields was one of the first twenty pupils to graduate from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1871. In 1881, Fields graduated from the School of Law at Howard University. In 1887, Fields served as the Commonwealth's Attorney for Warwick County (now Newport News). In 1889, Fields served in the Virginia General Assembly. In 1908, a team of four doctors pioneered the establishment of the first hospital for blacks in the city. Other than the city's jail infirmary, this institution was the only hospitalization outlet for blacks.
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is the restored 1899 residence of the African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary Winfield Newsome. Mr. Newsome became a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader and prospered as part of the post Civil War south's new urban African-American middle class. His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia. The house was originally the home of Dr. William R. Granger, one of Newport News' black physicians. Listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places and 1992 Recipient of a National Historic Preservation Award.
The Riddick House is a monumental home site in the Suffolk vicinity of the U.S. State of Virginia. The ancient historic house dates back to 1837 and is a fine example of the Greek Revival style of architecture. It has also been registered on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.
Air Power Park is an open air museum featuring vintage airplanes and space crafts. Spread over 15 acres (6.070 hectare), this park features air and space vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s. Apart from the museum, this park houses a playground for children. This is a must-visit place for the science enthusiasts.
Explore the history of space here at the birthplace of the American space program. Step inside the Apollo 12 Command Module or examine a Martian meteorite. Float in the Space Ball (if you close your eyes, it is almost an outer space ball). When you land, enjoy a film at the Center's IMAX Theater.
The Norfolk Naval Station is located in the Sewells Point area of Norfolk, and is the largest Naval complex in the world. The station is situated near the site of the Monitor and Merrimac battle, on the original site of the Jamestown Exhibition. The Norfolk Naval Station is home to numerous ships and aircraft carries. Tours are available.
One of the oldest museums in the country, Hampton University Museum has a vast collection of historic artifacts and fine arts. There are displays which gives you a glimpse of the University itself. This place is definitely worth visiting if you are in the city.
The Hermitage Foundation Museum holds the Sloan art collection that includes pieces collected from across the world. The Chinese tomb figures and pieces from Czar Alexander's collection are particularly striking pieces. The museum also conducts art classes and holds workshops. Surrounded by 12 acres of well planned gardens, the Hermitage Foundation Gardens are a particularly picturesque. The gift shop sells creations of local artisans and designers.