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Virginia War Museum

9285 Warwick Boulevard

The Museum was established in 1923 by American Legion Post #25 (The Braxton/Perkins Post) as the American Legion Memorial Museum. The City of Newport News assumed administration of the Museum in the 1930's. In the course of the Museum's existence, it's name has changed twice. In 1948 the first name change took place when the entrance of the Museum moved from the southeastern side of the building to the northwestern side of the building (its current entrance location). In 1996 the name changed from The War Memorial Museum of Virginia to The Virginia War Museum.
Over the past 75 years, the Museum has acquired over 60,000 artifacts. The size of the collection is a blessing; however, due to limited display area only 4-5% of the Museum's collection can be displayed at any given time. In addition to limited display area, the Museum also has limited storage space for those artifacts not on display. Consequently, The Museum is currently exploring its options as to what it can do to rectify this problem. The goal is to have a facility that can store, preserve, conserve, and display more of its collection while providing storage and display space that enables its collection to expand.


Cahmbriel Ann Clackum

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
This place looks small and unassuming from the outside, but I was absolutely dumbfounded by how much it contains! Every time I thought I was almost through, there was another exhibit! I stopped taking pictures because I just had so many and my camera was dying! I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in military history and weaponry! Will be going back for sure!

Kylie Jerkins

Sunday, April 15, 2018
There are a lot of authentic war uniforms dating back to the Revolutionary War, original photos dating back to the Civil War, letters, etc. There is even a section of the Berlin Wall and a section of a wall from a concentration camp. This museum looks small from the outside, but we spent over 2 hours looking at everything and probably could spent another 2 hours there if we had read every single thing. We were both very impressed with this collection.

Richard Kandora

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Awesome. A ton of history to be learned here. The F-17 centerpiece catches your eye immediately


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of items on display in the museum. The collection included everything from the Revolutionary War to the more modern wars. I loved that you could view at your own pace. A definite "must see" for war history buffs and even for the ones who are mildly interested. My husband loved looking at the guns, swords and uniforms. I really enjoyed the collection of war posters.

Jake Taylor

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Very broad overview of American conflict with small sections devoted to WW2 allies and axis powers. Impressive collection of field pieces both outside and inside.

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