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




Come meet the dreaded Moody Crewe pirates and learn about what it took to live life at seas, even if it was while relieving other ships of booty and treasures! Also, muster in for the School of the Pirate and get your hands on a great pirate themed activities and crafts.

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

Moody Crew Pirates



7:00 p.m.



Corey Thornton, Why is There a Lightship in Portsmouth, Virginia?

Come on down to the museum and learn about the little red national historic landmark right here in Portsmouth: the Lightship Portsmouth Museum. Join us as Corey Thornton, the Curator of History for the Portsmouth Museums discusses the history of the ship and its mission – to tell the story of those who served in the Lightship Service, their dedication to life aboard the vessel and service to the navigation of mariners.

Admission is free.

Lightship Portsmouth


MAY 26

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.



Come Sea History!

Commemorate Memorial Day by delving into history. Join in on Civil War period U.S. Navy living history displays, demonstrations and military drills with the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association. Journey into history within the museum's walls and discover over 250 years of the history Portsmouth & the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. And walk the decks of the Lightship Portsmouth and learn about life aboard the former Coast Guard vessel.

Come Sea History Memorial Day Monday at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum



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


Road, Rail, Steam, and Sail

Discover how the wheels of progress have turned in Portsmouth for over 250 years. From dugout canoes and horse pulled carriages to velocipedes, automobiles and steam packets the rivers and the roads have always kept the people and products in the city flowing. Enjoy hands-on crafts sand activities as we journey back to the crossroads of transportation technology at the dawn of the 20th century.

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



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


Patriots Day

Spend some time on the Fourth of July weekend and continue the celebration of America's independence at our seventh annual Patriots Day event. Thake a journey with us back in time through living history to the eve of revolution, as the Town of Portsmouth prepared for the clouds of war. Will you sign up as a patriot or loyalist?? Be part of the revolutionary event and enjoy crafts, music, games and drills. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum in collaboration with the Portsmouth Museums.

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


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