Virginia War Museum
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.
Worth the low entry fee. I loved all the history. To see the guns and knives amazed me1
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.
Everyone needs some history lessons! This is well worth the place to see and read what it holds inside.
Very cool meseum! I would say the tanks and guns etc. outside are way more interesting than the inside. The kids love this place! Family friendly although you occasionally have some shady people walking around the park.
I loved it and it was a real treat to share history with my kids that they will not learn in school.