Museums in Newport News
Come explore one of the world’s largest maritime museums. You will find a diverse collection of historical artifacts and reproductions from around the world.
- Age of Exploration- 1500 to 1800s Ship Building, cartography
- Chesapeake Bay - “Thematic exhibit areas interpret the Bay's early history, watermen, shipbuilding and military complexes, navigation, commerce, and recreation”.
- The Miniature ships of August F Crabtree - “The Miniature Ships of August F. and Winifred Crabtree, one of the museum's most popular exhibits. From a primitive raft to a Venetian galleass decorated with 359 carved figures, these exquisitely detailed miniature ships depict the evolution of boatbuilding in an unparalleled display of craftsmanship by artist/carver August F. Crabtree”
- Great hall of steam - The history of steam boats- “Great Hall of Steam relates the story of the oceangoing commercial steamship through ship models and murals. Some of the Museum's extensive figurehead collection is displayed here. The gallery offers a visual display of maritime steam engine history as well”.
- Defending the Seas - Naval history “Great Hall of Steam relates the story of the oceangoing commercial steamship through ship models and murals. Some of the Museum's extensive figurehead collection is displayed here. The gallery offers a visual display of maritime steam engine history as well”.
International Small Craft Center- “The collection features nearly 150 boats from 36 countries, and is one of the few truly internationally focused collections in the world. The Center is oriented directly to a wide variety of audiences, combining elements of both exhibition and of open storage."
- USS Monitor Center - “The USS Monitor Center is an extraordinary exhibit made up of historical artifacts & interactive displays that let you experience the fear, the awe, & the excitement that surrounded this time in our nation's history”.
The museum hosts many traveling exhibits as well. Check their website to see what is on display. http://www.marinersmuseum.org
The Virginia Living museum combines a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve, and planetarium to create a unique and interactive experience for visitors.
245 different animals from around Virginia are on display.
- Virginia’s Coastal Plain Gallery
- Virginia’s Piedmont and Mountains Gallery
- Virginia’s World of Darkness Gallery
- Virginia’s Underground Gallery
- Appalachian Cove & Cypress Swamp
- Discovery Centers
- Abbitt Planetarium
- Abbitt Observatory
- Living Green House and Conservation Garden
The Army Transportation Museum
The Army Transportation Museum is the only museum dedicated to sharing the history of the Army Transportation Corps. The site has an indoor, 50,000 square foot, main building that features videos and displays explaining the group’s long history and contributions to the war fighting efforts. The outside pavilions are separtated into Army Aviation, Marine Vehicles, Cargo Vehicles, and a Rail Yard. Closed Mondays and all Federal Holidays.
For more information visit http://www.transchool.lee.army.mil/Museum/Transportation%20Museum/museum.htm
Virginia War Museum
Take a walk through American Military history at the Virginia War Museum. You will find a wide range of historical items on display such as weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters, and much more.
Galleries to See
- Women at War - learn about the many contributions of military women during different conflicts.
- Marches Toward Freedom - A history of the African American soldier and their many contributions to the military.
- Visions of War - Gallery of Propaganda posters.
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