Stop by one of these unique museums after a long day on the beach!
There is so much to do in Virginia Beach! And if you’re looking for a day of education and culture, we’ve got you covered. Virginia Beach is home to a variety of museums offering incredible exhibits, history, art and much more— all of which the whole family can enjoy! If it’s a rainy day or you are looking to take a break from the sun, visiting a museum is a great way to while away the hours! Take a look at the exciting museums located on or near the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.
2401 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Dedicated to protecting the history of the Virginia Beach community and Virginia’s oceanfront, the Old Coast Guard Station is your one-stop-station featuring a variety of Virginia maritime and coastal exhibits and special events. Located along the boardwalk on 24th and Atlantic Streets, it has been a part of Virginia Beach history since 1903. The building itself is a Life-Saving Station that houses a collection of 1,800 artifacts and 1,000 photographs of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services as well as the community of Virginia Beach. The museum is also home to a research library containing various books, papers and oral histories. Click here for a coupon.
2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA
Located just a few blocks away from the Virginia Beach resort area, MOCA is a non-profit organization that strives to protect, explore, foster and understand the modern art of today’s world. With their unique, ever changing exhibits and educational programs, MOCA offers plenty of opportunities to get to know all types of art.
1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA
Check out the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach’s rural area. Home to the largest collection of World War I and World War II era military aircrafts, the Military Aviation Museum offers a chance to witness real life military planes, flight demonstrations, air shows and even a chance to fly in one of the planes yourself.
1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA
Located in the Dewitt Cottage, the oldest building in the Virginia Beach resort area, the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of mid-Atlantic wildfowl. This museum is free of charge and gives visitors a sense of the natural beauty that Virginia Beach possesses. You can also witness wildfowl arts in action by observing the museum’s volunteer carvers.
717 General Booth Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA
A stop not to be missed on your trip to Virginia Beach is the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Featuring marsh, bay and ocean exhibits, a harbor seal tank, nature trails, an IMAX Theatre and one stellar gift shop. Click here to read more about this amazing place.
583 Atlantic Avenue, Fort Story, VA
Come to one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in the United States. This historic monument was authorized by George Washington to guard the ships passing in and out of the Chesapeake Bay. After catching the view from the top, walk the short distance to the First Landing Cross, the granite replica of the original cross planted by the English settlers upon their arrival in 1607 to the New World.
Thoroughgood House 1636 Parish Road, Virginia Beach, VA • (757) 460-7588
Francis Land House 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA • (757) 385-5100
Lynnhaven House 4409 Wishart Road, Virginia Beach, VA • (757) 460-7109
Take a peek into the long history of Virginia Beach by visiting one of the area’s historic houses. The Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House and the Lynnhaven House were all built in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and provide invaluable information about what life was like when our nation was birthed.
5100 Cleveland Street, Virginia Beach, VA
When segregation sadly reigned in the south, Princess Anne County Training School was established to give African American students a proper education. Now preserved as a museum, come share the story and the struggle of a community who strove to impart to their children the importance of education.
Stuck indoors because of the rain? Click here for some rainy day ideas for your Virginia Beach vacation.