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Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Arts & Museums
Old Coast Guard Station Museum & Gift Shop perfectly commemorates this beautiful beach city and acts as a symbol of all its glory as a beach vacation get away. Spread over two floors, the museum houses pictures and other artifacts of different ships dating back to the World War days. The museum also has a display of the different coast guard activities and records, that show you the importance of the coast guard stations in the city. The museum shop holds interesting knick knacks, pirate ware and books to make the experience real. To know more about the museum, check the website.
A nonprofit, noncollecting institution which was founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. Regularly changing exhibitions include paintings, sculptures, photography, glass, video, and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists, as well as artists of national and regional renown.
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach focuses on spreading awareness and knowledge about contemporary art. The museum has rotating exhibits and the wide variety is what attracts people of different age groups to this place. It showcases artworks of international as well as local artists. It displays art in all forms like video, painting, sculpture, photography among others. They have in-house interactive programs for kids and adults as well. Come and visit and you will surely not be disappointed.
If you are interested in bird watching and have a passion for observing birds, Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum is a must visit for you. You will get to know more about the very popular migratory Wildfowl birds here and also get to know more about their migratory process. The museum also has some life-like wooden carvings of the birds that have been displayed with the intention of protecting the aboriginal art form of America. To know more about the place, check the website.
One of the most visited spots in Virginia, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an experience not to be missed. The wonderful marine life on display will leave you enthralled. The center holds various exhibitions, excursions, tours and outings to make the whole experience memorable and worthwhile. If you still have some energy left, catch a movie at the IMAX theater which is located at the center.
Stemming from a streetcar station dating back to the 1880's, the Ocean View Station Museum houses exhibits on the history of Ocean View. In addition to its historical exhibits, the Ocean View Station Museum also plays hosts to special events, such as movie showings and book signings.
Located in the historic Willoughby-Baylor House, which dates back to the late 18th Century, the Norfolk History Museum hosts interesting exhibitions about all aspects of Norfolk's history. From maritime history to the architectural history of the city, visitors are sure to walk away from this museum feeling educated. Another main feature of the museum is the garden, installed in 1991, which is a representation of what a colonial garden would have looked like.
This restored historic house was once home to Norfolk entrepreneur Moses Myers. One of the first brick houses built here after the Revolutionary War, the Moses Myers House today contains a nice collection of original furnishings, family portraits and other works by Thomas Sully. An ongoing restoration of this house continues by the Garden Club of Virginia.
Art lovers should visit Selden Arcade while in Norfolk, especially since Selden has recently become Norfolk's Cultural Arts Center. The Selden also has two galleries where you can admire contemporary art which often feature local artists. The center also often hosts performing artists and local events.
This historic home was built in 1854 for James Hunter, his wife Lizzie, and their three children. All of the children remained unmarried, and the youngest, Eloise, converted the house to the museum as part of her Hunter Foundation. The museum opened in 1988 and gives visitors a glimpse into lives of a wealthy family at the end of the 19th Century. Friendly docents conduct tours every half hour, explaining the history of the house as well as the lives of the Hunter family.
A fine collection of art and two historic houses make the Chrysler Museum of Art a fantastic retreat. Art works here include pieces by Andy Warhol, Louis Tiffany and Paul Gauguin. Savor art in the form of Greco-Roman, Islamic, Egyptian, Asian, and African masterpieces. The Impressionism, Sculpture and Photography galleries are sure to enthrall you. The Chrysler Library is the largest art reference library in the Southeast. Adjacent to the galleries and included in admission are the Moses Myers House, residence of Norfolk's first Jewish citizen, and the Willoughby-Baylor House.
The Nauticus Maritime Center is a huge complex on the waterfront in Downtown Norfolk. The interactive exhibits help visitors explore nautical science, Nofolk's naval history and marine life. Touch tanks bring you as close as you can get to sea creatures like starfish, anemones, even nurse sharks! Included in the admission price is entrance to the 3D Theater.