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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.


NOV 29

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

DEC 6, 13, 20 & 27

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

Veteran's Day PosterDecking The Halls!

Celebrate the season by going back in time and delving into its history! Come on down and make your own historically inclined ornaments and fun festoons to liven up your dwelling! Also you will discover the history and traditions behind holiday decorations and why we "deck the halls."


DEC 13

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

Veteran's Day PosterIn Winter Quarters

What was life like for the soldiers, Confederate and Union, at the holidays during the Civil War?  Join the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum for a journey back in time to discover how holidays were celebrated in camp!  Also, enjoy a day of tours, ornament making, and shopping in the museum’s gift shop for that special historically themed gift.


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