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OCT 25

Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Lightship Portsmouth Museum, Children's Museum of Virginia and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.


Museum Madness

Show us your costume creations for a day of hauntingly good fun at the Portsmouth Museums.

Crawl on down to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum to create your own luminaries and spyglasses and be sure to let the spooky storytelling slither into your ears.

Then fly over to the Lightship Portsmouth to join the "Ghost Guard" skeleton crew of the Frightship and help them take the ship back from the dreadful Moody Crewe pirates!

The Children's Museum of Virginia will be hosting Bat World, with live bats and stories, along with magic, balloon creatures, and crafts.

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will host a menagerie of live creepy crawlies, venomous serpents, and glowing scorpions from the collection of John Barnes (J.B. Rattles) out of North Carolina. Visitors can learn about these exotic animals, and decorate their own Monster Cookies with edible markers in the Art Annex, where the reptiles will be on display. Next door at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, visitors can have their "ghost picture" taken, whereupon they appear as a transparent specter.

At dusk visit High Street Landing to view the lit, carved pumpkins that are on display as part of the Great Pumpkin Challenge between Norfolk and Portsmouth. Be sure to also stay for the Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat in Olde Towne from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Then hop on the ferry and travel to Norfolk to see their display.

This event is held exclusively for all children up to age 12 and is sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association.


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Naval Shipyard Museum
and Lightship Portsmouth Museum


Come and commemorate Veterans Day with us and discover the history behind the holiday, as we remember those who have gone before us. Enjoy hands-on displays featuring real World War II artifacts, engaging activities, and experience what life was like for sailors on the high seas during wartime. Admission is free as part of our First Weekends, First Saturdays programming series.

Admission is free as part of our First Weekends, First Saturdays programming series.


NOV 13

7:00 p.m.


FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: Richard S. Gist, Hampton Roads Navy Medicine and the Civil War: A Living History Presentation and Lecture

Join us as Commander (Captain select) Richard Gist, M.D. in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps presents a living history display of Civil War era medical equipment and discusses the medical practices of the Naval Surgeons of the period. Dr. Gist will also present highlights from the history of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and its pivotal role in the history of Navy Medicine.

Admission is free.


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