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• Winter Wonderland and Snow Wonders - Olde Towne
• Honoring Our Veterans
• Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Lecture - Nov 14
• Portsmouth Museum Madness October 26, 2013
• Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day September 28, 2013
• Keva Blocks Exhibit Returns to Children's Museum of Virginia
• Enjoy Portsmouth Museums Blue Star Program Through Labor Day
• Happy Birthday Coast Guard!
• Grand Opening Phase I of Paradise Creek
• Blue Star Museums Program
• Celebrate Kids!
• Crime Lab Detective Sneaks into the Children's Museum of Virginia
• Bank of America's Museums On Us® Offers Customers Free Admission to Children's Museum of Virginia
• Children's Museum Announces Tinkertoy® Creation Contest
• Custom Floor Cloth Workshop at PACC
• Home School Day at Portsmouth Museums
• Southern Craft & Traditional Art themes Open the 2013 Exhibition Season at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
• The Children's Museum of Virginia Joins Bank of America Museums on Us ® Program
• 50th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 11/26/2013
Ring in the Holiday Season with Winter Wonderland and Snow Wonders in Olde Towne Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA - Portsmouth Museums invite you to join in the spirit of the season and celebrate in our 10th Anniversary of Winter Wonderland featuring the Coleman Nursery Yuletide displays that have delighted Hampton Roads residents for generations.
Meanwhile at the Children's Museum, Holidays Around the World offers animated dolls representing children from various countries in their holiday dress. A toy train makes its way down Gingerbread Lane, where each gingerbread house has been designed and built by local businesses and civic groups, a must see before the snow melts.
Holiday events will pack the weekends with music and holiday fun for the entire family. Begin by joining us on opening weekend, Friday, November 29th - Sunday, December 1st as we kick- off with our anniversary for the holidays. The weekend is packed with musical performances, and special activities of face-painting, balloons, magic, crafts, pony rides and much, much more.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 11/05/2013
Honoring Our Veterans - Veterans Commemorative Program at the
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the Lightship Portsmouth Museum
Portsmouth, VA - On Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p.m. celebrate our veterans at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth. Write a letter to a veteran, and learn the history behind this important holiday. Inside the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, step into a recreation of a 1943 U.S. Naval Recruiting Station. Go through the recruitment process as it was in 1943, and enjoy hands-on displays featuring real World War II artifacts, accurate reproduction gear and equipment in this highly interactive, living history demonstration.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 11/01/2013
RISKING IT ALL: RESEARCHING THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE
A Lecture by Mr. Michael Strauss at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Portsmouth, VA – Join us for a presentation, Risking It All: Researching the United States Life-Saving Service on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. by Principal Owner of Genealogy Research Network and an accredited genealogist, Michael L. Strauss. Mr. Strauss will discuss the history of the Life-Saving Service and the key role that the organization served in aiding those in distress at sea. He will also talk about the often unused records and resources available to genealogists, historians and those with an interest in the service. Founded in 1878 as an agency of the U.S. Treasury Department, the United States Life-Saving Service was later merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the modern United States Coast Guard in 1915. The program will be held at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and sponsored by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 10/15/2013
Portsmouth Museum Madness October 26, 2013
Portsmouth, VA – On Saturday, October 26th, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., the Portsmouth Museums are celebrating Halloween with a variety of frightfully fun activities, including a tour of a haunted ship! The Portsmouth Museums include the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, and the Lightship PORTSMOUTH. All activities are included with paid admission to the Portsmouth Museums.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 09/20/2013
Portsmouth Museums Join Smithsonian Magazine's Ninth Annual Museum Day Live!
Portsmouth, VA – All four of the Portsmouth Museums: The Children's Museum of Virginia, The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, The Naval Shipyard Museum, and The Lightship are participating in the Smithsonian Magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live!, offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian's commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year's event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year's event expects record-high participation.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 08/28/2013
Keva Planks Exhibit Returns to Children's Museum of Virginia September 11th
Portsmouth, VA – On Wednesday, September 11th, The Children's Museum of Virginia brings back its unique exhibit, KEVA Planks in their Changing Exhibits Gallery. Imagine thousands of perfectly cut, identical wooden construction blocks measuring ¼ inch thick, ¾ inch wide and 4 ½ inches long that can be stacked without using glue or connectors to build sculptures, towers, planes, furniture, bridges, buildings and just about anything you can think of! The KEVA planks exhibit consists of fifty permanent models demonstrating the simple or complex possibilities of construction, instructions for projects and bins and bins of planks. This building process promotes verbal skills, creative problem solving, mathematical understanding, 3-D visualization and just plain fun! Plus, we are proud to say, these planks are made in Virginia. Since the Children's Museum owns this exhibit and it is not rented from another institution, the KEVA planks will make periodic returns to the Changing Exhibit Gallery to challenge the imagination and skill of our visitors – children and adults alike.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 08/16/2013
Enjoy Portsmouth Museums Blue Star Program Now Through Labor Day
Portsmouth, VA – The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, The Lightship Portsmouth, and The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center continue to support the Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The museums will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from now through Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2013). Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.The museums officially launched the program on Memorial Day, May 27th, 2013. In the past few years, Blue Star Museums welcomed more than 300,000 active duty military personnel and their families during the summer seasons.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 8/01/2013
Happy Birthday Coast Guard
Portsmouth, VA - Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship PORTSMOUTH On August 4, 1790 the Revenue Cutter Service, the precursor to the United States Coast Guard, was established. Join us for our August First Weekend event, and celebrate 223rd birthday of the Coast Guard! Listen to maritime folk music and enjoy activities celebrating the Coast Guard's rich history and Portsmouth's designation as a Coast Guard City! FREE and Open to the Public
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 6/14/2013
Grand Opening of Phase I of Paradise Creek Nature Park
Portsmouth, VA - Elizabeth River Project, the City of Portsmouth and the Virginia Port Authority will celebrate the Grand Opening of Phase I of Paradise Creek Nature Park on Saturday, June 22 with free activities all day including a "bioblitz" to bring the public up close to nature. A dozen area scientists will be at the site starting at 6:30 a.m. on June 22 to engage the public in the park's first bioblitz. Bio-blitzes were started by National Geographic with the idea that within a short amount of time, as many people as possible go into the field with scientists to determine how many species are using a site. The scientists report the species list to the community at the end of the day. The public is encouraged to join in the fun for a rare opportunity to see wildlife up close. All ages (children under 12 must be accompanied by adults) are invited to help the scientists capture, identify and release a wide variety of wildlife, from songbirds to insects, frogs and fish.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 06/07/2013
Blue Star Museums Program
Portsmouth Museums are three of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer
Portsmouth, VA - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, The Lightship Portsmouth, and The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The museums will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from now through Labor Day (Monday, September 2, 2013). Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.
The museums officially launched the program on Memorial Day, May 27th, 2013. In the past few years, Blue Star Museums welcomed more than 300,000 active duty military personnel and their families during the summer seasons.
About the Portsmouth Museums
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances. It is located at 400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704.
The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum researches, preserves and promotes the history of the City of Portsmouth, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the armed forces in Hampton Roads. The museum accomplishes its mission by offering exhibitions, publications, lectures and educational programs.
The Lightship Portsmouth Musem tells the story of those who served in the Lightship Service, their dedication to life aboard the vessel and service to the navigation of mariners through preservation, educational programs and exhibition of the lightship.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 06/03/2013
Four Portsmouth Museums offer planned activities and events for the whole family.
Portsmouth, VA – One of our most popular events is back! Join the Portsmouth Museums on Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Celebrate Kids! The event takes place at all four Portsmouth Museums, which includes: The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, The Lightship Portsmouth, The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, and The Children’s Museum of Virginia. A discounted Museum pass is being offered for $12 which includes admission and activities to each museum.
At the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the Rainbow Puppets present Footsteps in History. This show will take folks on a journey through time to discover a new nation that struggles to find freedom and opportunity for all people. With the arrival of African American slaves begins a struggle that explodes in Hampton Roads where the first land battle of the Civil War is fought at Big Bethel. The USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia fight off Hampton's shores and warfare changes lives forever. Benjamin Butler frees slaves and Mary Peake teaches them under an oak tree where Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is read. Show times are at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. This show relates to the exhibits on display: My Heart Beats For Peace: Portsmouth’s Civil War Homefront and Picturing the Civil War: Wood Engravings of the Civil War by Winslow Homer.
At the Lightship Portsmouth Museum, the Moody Crewe pirates try to take over once again. Take part in their Schools of the Pyrate which will keep them too busy to take over the ship. Once you are a schooled pirate, you can help ward off those scurvy pirates and keep the ship safe.
Travel back in time at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and commemorate America’s second war with Great Britain by stomping rockets into flight and creating your own military hat. Visit with the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association as members demonstrate the lives of sailors past.
At the Children’s Museum of Virginia you will become a special detective while solving cases in this summer’s exhibit, Crime Lab Detective. Activities include examining fingerprints, “I Spy” games, puzzles, illusions and special guests.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 05/26/2013
Crime Lab Detective Sneaks into the Children's Museum of Virginia
Portsmouth, VA – The story begins…the Johnsons had been away on vacation. One of their neighbors noticed a broken window and went to the house to check it out. Things had been moved and removed from inside the house – signs someone had been there. But who? It’s up to you to solve the mystery at Crime Lab Detective at The Children’s Museum of Virginia, May 25th through August 31, 2013.
Crime Lab Detective takes visitors into the popular world of crime labs and detective work. Visitors will scrutinize evidence left behind while recording their findings in a Detective Notebook. After investigating the crime scene, visitors will be challenged by the lab activities as they work to decide which of the five prime suspects committed the crime.
Crime Lab Detective lets guests be like Sherlock Holmes as they examine clues such as fingerprints, hair and DNA. From tire marks left outside the crime scene to a cloth fiber on a picket fence, visitors will learn how to collect, sort and analyze evidence and data. Visitors can work individually or as a family to gather clues. The evidence is right before your eyes. Can you solve the crime? Crime Lab Detective is brought to you by the Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 02/28/2013
Bank of America's Museums On Us® Offers Customers Free Admission to Children's Museum of Virginia
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3
Bank of America’s Museums on Us will offer Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders free admission to the Children’s Museum of Virginia, including its new Tinkertoy®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit.
WHEN: Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3 (and the first full weekend of each month in 2013)
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Virginia, 221 High Street Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
WHY: Museums on Us is designed to provide a cultural benefit to Bank of America cardholders and increase access to the arts across the United States. The program brings new audiences and increased attention to participating organizations, which range from some of the nation’s most celebrated museums to regional gems and include art, science and history museums, as well as other cultural institutions.
DETAILS: Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. Program excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. Not to be combined with other offers.
As part of Museums on Us, the Children’s Museum of Virginia, along with more than 150 leading U.S. cultural institutions in 31 states across the country (see full list of participating museums here), will welcome bank cardholders in for free on the first full weekend of each month. Visitors are granted access to the museum’s new Tinkertoy®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit, an educational experience that combines the open-ended and inventive play qualities of the timeless Tinkertoy® construction set with GE's innovative technologies that enrich our lives and our global community. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 02/08/2013
Children's Museum of Virginia Announces Tinkertoy® Creation Contest
Children of all ages are welcome to enter
The Children's Museum of Virginia is hosting a Tinkertoy Creation Contest now through February 28th in conjunction with their newest exhibit, Tinkertoy® – Build Your Imagination!TM. The contest is open to children, adults, and Hampton Roads Businesses. Contestants can win a $20 gift certificate for use in the Museum's Gift Shop, or free tickets for admission to the Children's Museum of Virginia. Details for entering the creation contest, and entry form are available on the Museum's website.
Are you a Tinkertoy fanatic? Have you or your children built incredible Tinkertoy creations? The Children's Museum of Virginia would like to see what you've built. There are two ways to enter - visit the museum and create your project while you are there, or build your project at home, and submit your photos. You are only limited by your own imagination.
Voting begins on March 1st and ends at 5:00 p.m. March 15th. The Children's Museum of Virginia will post a photo gallery on their Facebook page, of each age group and business where everyone can vote. Winners for each category will be announced by March 20th.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 01/29/2013
Just Walk All Over Me – And My Art – Paintings for the Floor
Custom Floor-Cloth Workshop
Guest artist, Miriam Riggs, will present a Custom Floor-Cloth Workshop, "Just Walk All Over Me - And My Art" – Paintings for the Floor, Saturday, March 2nd 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (PACC). Ms. Riggs, whose work is featured in conjunction with TRADITION/INNOVATION: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art, will guide visitors in creating their own canvas on which they can paint their own floor cloth designs.
History of floor cloths dates back more than 300 years to England and France as a commercial enterprise for floor covering, a precursor to linoleum, from which many modern kitchen floor-designs originated. Ms. Riggs has been mastering hand painted rugs for nearly 30 years, producing hundreds of traditional and contemporary designs. Some of her larger floor cloths are featured in exhibits at Historic Ker Place in Onancock, VA and the Taylor House Museum in Berlin, MD. She has also adapted her designs for historic exhibits at the Barrier Islands Center Museum and Colonial Williamsburg.
Floor cloths are durable and long-lasting, and can be passed down from generation to generation. Those who live in the historic homes found in Tidewater VA will be particularly interested in this workshop, as floor-cloths were often used in these houses.
The cost of the workshop is $85 for museum members, $100 for non-members (includes materials + admission). To register, call 757-393-8543 by February 27, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. All painting skill levels are welcome. Class size is limited to twelve, so please sign-up early.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 01/17/2013
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and Children’s Museum of Virginia Team Up for Home School Day
For just $9 per person, home schooled children get the chance to explore both museums
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and the Children’s Museum of Virginia have teamed up to host Home School Day on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Guests will receive admission to both museums for only $9. The purpose of this event is to open the doors to home school families for a day of amusement, learning and fun.
Offering this event gives home schooled children a chance to explore the museums, and to participate in educational programs at both locations. The museums are conveniently located directly across High Street from each other, giving home schooled children flexibility to either spend the day with their family exploring both places or to divide and conquer. For example, younger children may play on the fire truck and bubbles at the Children’s Museum, while older kids will be inspired by Virginia’s incredible sports history and hit the basketball court and other interactive play areas at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is open daily during the winter and spring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, $6 military or senior citizen (age 65+) and free for members and children 2 or younger.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 01/15/2013
Southern Craft & Traditional Art themes Open the 2013 Exhibition Season
at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center opens the 2013 exhibition season with TRADITION / INNOVATION: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art. The exhibit opens with a free reception Friday, February 1st, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Opening Reception will also feature live music from MSG, an acoustic blues trio.
Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art, is a celebration of 30 master craftspeople and traditional artists from the South. It introduces visitors to a surprising range of artwork, from a Mardi Gras Indian costume and contemporary glass to baskets, quilts, ceramics and books. The exhibit examines connections and differences between traditional arts and contemporary craft, and the actual stories and voices of living master artists whose work continues an ongoing tradition and whose mastery of the process and materials invites a deeper appreciation of their craft.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 01/10/2013
The Children's Museum of Virginia Joins Bank of America Museums on Us ® Program
The program offers free museum access to bank cardholders at the Children's Museum of Virginia the first full weekend of each month. The Children's Museum of Virginia announced today its participation in the Bank of America Museums on Us® program, which provides Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders free general admission during the first full weekend of every month. To qualify for the Museums on Us program, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers simply present their credit or debit card and a valid photo ID to gain one free general admission* to any participating institution which is limited to the cardholder and is not to be combined with other offers.
Portsmouth, Virginia: Posted 01/03/2013
50th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Celebration
Wednesday, January 23
Sponsored by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum in coordination with the Portsmouth Museums, enjoy light refreshments and guided tours of the museum through the ages of Portsmouth's history. Since opening its doors to the public in January 1963, the museum has continued to research, preserve and promote the history of the City of Portsmouth, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and the armed forces in Hampton Roads. Help us commemorate the museum's milestones as we reminisce about its life—a half century and counting! FREE Admission.