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10 am - 5 pm

Mapping Portsmouth

First Weekend - Free Admission

Map of Norfolk and Portsmouth Virginia 1851

Antique maps provide a wealth of information about how our surroundings have changed over time. Come see a 1920 bound volume of fire insurance maps of Portsmouth, on display from June 6 – June 30, and participate in activities that will help you understand how maps are made. At 3:00 p.m., join the museum curator to get a closer look at some antique Portsmouth maps including 1889 and 1900 atlases, and an 1871 Colton’s Atlas of the World. At the Lightship Portsmouth, find out how sailors used the stars to map their way to their destinations.


10 am - 5 pm

PATRIOT’S DAY! 4th of July Celebration:
World War II Patriotism in Portsmouth

First Weekend - Free Admission

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. Celebrate American independence 1940s style! Learn about life on the home front in World War II Portsmouth. Sign up to become a W.A.V.E., fly a target kite, or lean how to make a mock apple pie! Live 1940s music throughout the day, plus swing dancing demonstrations and beginners lessons. Sponsored by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum in collaboration with the Portsmouth Museums.



AUG 15

10 am - 5 pm

Builder Fest

Join us for a day of creating and building. Visit with hobbyists and professionals to explore the process of building and making. Discover everyday items made by hand as in times past and play with futuristic toys.


OCT 24

Noon - 6 pm

Portsmouth Museum Madness

Join us for a day of hauntingly good fun at the Portsmouth Museums

  • Children's Museum of Virginia
  • Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
  • Lightship Portsmouth Museum


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