2222 S. Military Hwy.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Arts & Museums
A privately owned collection of uniforms, weapons, and memorabilia that spans every war in the nation's history.
Housed in the 1846 courthouse, this museum features exhibits in a dramatic setting which highlight Eastern, Western, multicultural, traditional, and contemporary art forms. They also offer quality educational, cultural, and aesthetic experiences through lectures, classes, and performances.
Explore the wonders of the universe while at the planetarium which is the first of its kind built by a public school system in Virginia. The planetarium offers public programs free of charge on Thursday nights and reservations are necessary.
Art lovers should visit Selden Arcade while in Norfolk, especially since Selden has recently become Norfolk's Cultural Arts Center. The Selden also has two galleries where you can admire contemporary art which often feature local artists. The center also often hosts performing artists and local events.
A unique dockside museum which depicts the area's history of tugs and the towing industry, this 1933 Tug Huntington is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and allows visitors to catch a glimpse of tugboat life while exploring the engine room, crew's quarters, galley, saloon, captain's quarters, and wheelhouse.
The Nauticus Maritime Center is a huge complex on the waterfront in Downtown Norfolk. The interactive exhibits help visitors explore nautical science, Nofolk's naval history and marine life. Touch tanks bring you as close as you can get to sea creatures like starfish, anemones, even nurse sharks! Included in the admission price is entrance to the 3D Theater.
Part of the Nauticus Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin came to Norfolk in 2000. The ship is over 60 years old, first launched in 1943, and is one of the largest battleships ever built by the US Navy. Children and history buffs especially love it, and docents are placed in various spots on board to answer any questions about the ship's colorful history.
Norfolk has a long-standing military tradition, and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum is dedicated to celebrating this rich history. Located inside the Nauticus Maritime Center, the museum also operates the USS Wisconsin exhibit. Featuring uniforms, documents, photos, and other artifacts, history buffs should not miss this treasury of local history.
Located in the historic Willoughby-Baylor House, which dates back to the late 18th Century, the Norfolk History Museum hosts interesting exhibitions about all aspects of Norfolk's history. From maritime history to the architectural history of the city, visitors are sure to walk away from this museum feeling educated. Another main feature of the museum is the garden, installed in 1991, which is a representation of what a colonial garden would have looked like.
This restored historic house was once home to Norfolk entrepreneur Moses Myers. One of the first brick houses built here after the Revolutionary War, the Moses Myers House today contains a nice collection of original furnishings, family portraits and other works by Thomas Sully. An ongoing restoration of this house continues by the Garden Club of Virginia.
This historic home was built in 1854 for James Hunter, his wife Lizzie, and their three children. All of the children remained unmarried, and the youngest, Eloise, converted the house to the museum as part of her Hunter Foundation. The museum opened in 1988 and gives visitors a glimpse into lives of a wealthy family at the end of the 19th Century. Friendly docents conduct tours every half hour, explaining the history of the house as well as the lives of the Hunter family.
A fine collection of art and two historic houses make the Chrysler Museum of Art a fantastic retreat. Art works here include pieces by Andy Warhol, Louis Tiffany and Paul Gauguin. Savor art in the form of Greco-Roman, Islamic, Egyptian, Asian, and African masterpieces. The Impressionism, Sculpture and Photography galleries are sure to enthrall you. The Chrysler Library is the largest art reference library in the Southeast. Adjacent to the galleries and included in admission are the Moses Myers House, residence of Norfolk's first Jewish citizen, and the Willoughby-Baylor House.