Military Attractions in Hampton Roads

Coastal Virginia has a rich military history, going as far back as the Revolutionary War, which means there are several local attractions that both residents and tourists will enjoy! Learn about various branches of the military, and why Hampton Roads has historically been a key location for significant military achievements. You can plan a trip from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach that will take you from past to present, honoring the soldiers who fought for our country and telling their stories.


MacArthur Memorial

198 Bank Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Visit this museum and research center dedicated to preserving the memory of General Douglas MacArthur, and pay tribute to the men and women who served with him in WWI, WWII and the Korean War. 

Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin

One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

Nauticus teaches visitors everything you need to know about the natural environment of the Coastal Virginia coastline, as well as significant Naval history. Battleship Wisconsin is a real decommissioned battleship that visitors can tour! See how sailors live and work at sea.

Virginia Beach

Military Aviation Museum

1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457

Actual vintage aircraft are on display, and visitors can learn about airmen and how they got the job done. Check the website for scheduled flight demonstrations and air shows featuring their collection of vintage aircraft!

Navy Seal Monument

Virginia Beach Boardwalk, 38th Street
This statue at the Virginia Beach oceanfront depicts a life-size WWII-era Navy SEAL demolition swimmer, and honors the rich history of Navy SEALs. 

Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Learn about the history of the United States Lifesaving Service, the United States Coast Guard, and Virginia’s coastal communities. 


Fort Monroe/Casemate Museum

Building 83
20 Ingalls Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Completed in 1834, Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort in the United States. The Casemate Museum chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe from the first defensive fortification at the site in 1609, through the last major command to be headquartered at Fort Monroe, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. See the room where Jefferson Davis was briefly held prisoner after the Civil War. Visitors can also learn about Old Point Comfort, where the first Africans were brought to North America. After the Emancipation Proclamation, it became known as Freedom Fort.

Virginia Air & Space Center

600 Settlers Landing Rd, Hampton, VA 23669

Models and artifacts from America’s Air Force are on display at this museum that explores the sky and beyond, with special exhibits about Tuskeegee Airmen as well as space travel. 

Newport News

Virginia War Museum

9285 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23607
This museum houses a collection of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present.

Army Transportation Museum

300 Washington Blvd, Fort Eustis, VA 23604
From the wagons of the Revolutionary War to the armored vehicles used today, this museum has more than 7,000 artifacts relating to Army Transportation. This vast collection includes indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Mariner’s Museum

100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
Explore America’s rich Naval history, and tour replicas of the Monitor and Merrimac, the first “Ironclad” naval vessels utilized during the Civil War. The Mariner’s Museum is also restoring a portion of the Monitor which was recovered from the floor of the Chesapeake Bay!

Newport News Victory Arch

West Ave, Newport News, VA 23607
Originally built in 1919, the Victory Arch originally served as a ceremonial passageway for WWI troops disembarking from ships. Troops also marched through the arch during victory parades. Today it serves as a memorial to the men and women of the armed forces, and if you’re visiting on Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day you can attend ceremonies hosted by the City of Newport News. 


American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

200 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690

Visit an army encampment and see how soldiers lived during the Revoluntionary War. Check out the museum and see artifacts from soldiers and nearby battlefields. 


Colonial Williamsburg

101 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Meet General Washington and the Marquis De Lafayette, who were critical to America’s victory during the Revolutionary War. Visit the Magazine in Colonial Williamsburg and learn about colonial artillery.

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