This page provides information about museums and other exhibits of Newport News Virginia. Popular facilities include Lee Hall Mansion, Mariners Museum – USS Monitor Center, Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Virginia Living Museum, and Virginia War Museum.
Lee Hall Mansion
Lee Hall Mansion offers visitors a step back to the mid-Victorian period. Built between 1851 and 1859, Lee Hall was home to affluent planter Richard Decauter Lee.
The Mariners’ Museum – USS Monitor Center
The Mariners’ Museum features maritime exhibits from around the world. The facility is designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum.
The USS Monitor Center showcases the Battle of the Ironclads display and as well as a full-scale Monitor replica.
Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum has nature-related exhibits where visitors learn about eagles, sea turtle, fish, frogs, and other creatures. Special sections encourage enthusiasts to touch live crabs, fossils, and other natural objects.
The museum’s living exhibits depict Virginia’s widely varying environments from the mountains to the coast including representations of the Chesapeake Bay and limestone caves. The museum also houses an observatory, state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater, live animals, and native plant gardens.
Museum shops include the Wild Wings Museum Store and the Wild Side Cafe.
Virginia War Museum
Located in Huntington Park is the Virginia War Museum. The institution has U.S. military displays including collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters, and more from 1775 through the present.
Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom which document the roles of women and African-Americans in the military. The Visions of War exhibit showcases the museum’s outstanding propaganda poster collection.
Gifts are offered for sale in The Duffle Bag gift shop.