“It’s the only museum where you can come and touch things. [At other museums] you have to walk around, keep your hands in your pockets. Here we say go up, touch it, play with it, push it, figure out what makes it work.”
Some of our Exhibits include:
A Working Port
The busy ports of Norfolk and Portsmouth come alive in this bustling waterfront area. Visitors may explore the port environment through role play and hands-on activities. Visitors are introduced to the functions of a port, how tugboats operate, and what goods are imported and exported.
Designed especially for toddlers up to three will have the opportunity to move, play, and explore. Upon passing through a picket fence gate, children may let their curiosities guide them through this safe and interactive nature-themed environment.
Inspiring Tomorrow’s Stars. Nothing quite amazes or inspires a child like that first trip to a planetarium.
Enter a soon-to-be-open music store. Learn about the four families of musical instruments. Enjoy playing instruments made from unusual and found materials such as trash cans lids, hubcaps, wrenches and more.
From Farm to Foodmart
In the Market area, visitors will recognize their local grocery store environment, full of foods that they regularly see in their store. Children will have the opportunity to work in a simulated grocery store, scanning items and checking out groceries. Visitors will see where much of their food comes from in a variety of hands-on activities.
Enter a wellness center just for kids where they will have fun while learning about sports, work safety, hygiene and fitness.
In this quiet REACH (Reading Enriches All Children) reading area, children may choose to read a book, take a book home with them, or drop a book into a donation box.
We also have camps, family fun days, host birthday parties & more! Visit our website for more information about our Exhibits and programs!
Closed Mondays except for Monday holidays.
Tuesday – Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
221 High Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704