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Virginia War Museum

Newport News, Virginia


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I enjoyed my visit to the Virginia War Museum. It has some fascinating exhibits both inside andVirginia War Museum outside. Unfortunately, the Museum has placed restrictions on taking photographs inside the museum. They are trying to preserve exhibits and are afraid flash cameras will harm exhibits.

The Virginia War Museum, located in Huntington Park in Newport News, Virginia, was established in 1923 by American Legion Post #25 (The Braxton/Perkins Post) as the American Legion Memorial Museum of Virginia. The City of Newport News assumed administration of the museum in the 1950's. In 1987, the Virginia War Museum Foundation was established by the Newport News City Council and the museum adopted its current name.

Virginia War Museum American military history unfolds with the museum's outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more tracing the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. The Museum's collection includes, weapons, vehicles, tanks, cannons, artifacts, uniforms and posters from various periods of American history. Highlights of the Museum's collection include a section of the Berlin Wall and the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp.

The museum also contains a research library with archives. The museum boasts a handwritten order by General George Washington, issued during the campaign following the Battle of Virginia War Museum Brooklyn and the subsequent retreat across Westchester County. Uniforms or other items worn by a number of prominent American generals, including Mark Clark, James Doolittle, and Colin Powell, are on display.

Other galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military and Visions of War, the museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection.

The museum has a great gift shop for unique gifts and special events and evening programs held year-round. I highly recommend stopping by the museum if you are anywhere near the area.

Virginia War Museum Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm

The Virginia War Museum
9285 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23607

An Outside Tour of the Museum