Chrysler Museum of Art
Sail across the sparkling Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor on the largest, passenger carrying topsail schooner operating under the US flag! This majestic, three-mast, tall ship modeled after the cargo schooners that once sailed the Chesapeake Bay, leaves from the downtown Norfolk Waterfront for narrated, two- and three- hour harbor cruises.
The USS Wisconsin is the largest and last battleship ever built by the U.S. Navy. Explore its deck through a self-guided or audiotape tour that will take you back in time to experience this majestic ship that earned five battle stars during World War II.
Whether you choose a daily sightseeing tour or charter the Carrie B exclusively for your group, you will enjoy spectacular city skylines and breathtaking sights on the water, including aircraft carriers, nuclear attack submarines, and luxurious cruise ships.
Chrysler Hall is handsomely appointed for distinctive theater and concert events. It is home to the Virginia Symphony and the Norfolk Forum. Seating 2,500 in the orchestra, dress circle, and balcony, Chrysler Hall is well suited to a multitude of events.
The Chrysler Museum is home to Walter Chrysler, Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. In addition to its envied collection, the Museum is filled with exciting programs and activities and includes a 300-seat theatre for musical performances, children’s programs and lectures.
This museum is dedicated to the study of 225 years of naval history in the Hampton Roads region and is also responsible for the historic interpretation and day-to-day operations of the Battleship Wisconsin. African-Americans are featured throughout the permanent galleries including the Jamestown Exposition, Civil War, World War II, the Cold War and USS Wisconsin Exhibits.
The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate located on the shore of the Lafayette River in Norfolk. Contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts Studio, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds offer art and culture to the community, as envisioned by the Sloane’s.
The Hunter House depicts the end of the Victorian Era - a simpler and more gracious time when children amused themselves outside with croquet and inside with parlor card games; gentlemen and fathers spent their days in business establishments downtown; and mothers and wives presided over the affairs of the home.
The MacArthur Memorial's extensive collection of military and personal artifacts tells the compelling story of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and the millions of American men and women who served our nation during the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Occupation of Japan and the Korean War. This is also the final resting place for General Douglas MacArthur and his wife.
The Marine Observation Tower, also known as the Pagoda, was a gift from the Taiwan Provincial Government, Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Norfolk in 1981. All materials for the tower were manufactured in Taiwan and shipped to Norfolk for assembly. A surrounding Garden was later build featuring plants of Asian origin, granite lanterns and a large Koi pond.
The stately Moses Myers House and its peerless collection create an exceptionally accurate picture of the late Federal period and the life of this prosperous Jewish family. Moses Myers, an early American entrepreneur and leading citizen, built the house to accommodate his growing family and prominence. Passing through several generations, Norfolk Mayor Barton Myers, began to restore the house to its original beauty in 1892. The Moses Myers House was one of the first brick homes built in Norfolk after the Revolutionary War, during which time the town was leveled by British bombardment and subsequent fire.
Nauticus is the National Maritime Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The complex includes the Battleship Wisconsin, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the Norfolk Cruise Terminal. Nauticus has a maritime-themed science center for children with an aquarium, hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, and a variety of educational programs.
Naval Station Norfolk is the largest naval base in the world and it's also the oldest naval port in the United States that offers guided tours. The base is situated in the Sewell’s Point area of Norfolk, near the site of the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac (CSS Virginia), and it's home to more than 100 ships of the Atlantic Fleet. Naval Station Norfolk offers 45 minute bus tours which are conducted by Navy personnel, passing giant aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, frigates, amphibious assault ships and one of the busiest airfields. The tour also passes historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition.
Norfolk's vibrant arts neighborhood, the NEON District, is home to a new wave of passion and creativity. NEON, or New Energy of Norfolk, offers a unique cultural experience where the talents of local and touring artists and musicians burn bright. Within a few short blocks you can experience artist studios, take in an improv comedy performance, watch a live glass working demonstration, shop for unique home goods or dine in eclectic restaurants.
Started in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project, the labor to convert this one-time swamp into the beautiful gardens of today was provided by over 200 African-American women. Today, the Norfolk Botanical Garden contains 155 beautiful acres intertwined by bridges, coastal waterways, and 12 miles of pedestrian trails with one of the largest collections of roses, azaleas, camellias and hollies on the East Coast.
Spirit Cruises, LLC, is recognized as the largest harbor cruise company in America. Enjoy lunch and dinner cruises along the Elizabeth River featuring all-you-can-eat buffets, DJ dancing and live musical acts starring the region's best entertainers.
Built in 1739, St. Paul's Church is Norfolk's oldest structure and the sole survivor of local citizens' destruction of the city on New Year's Day 1776. The Church's tree-lined cemetery is dotted with 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century tombstones. The church, which features a Tiffany stained-glass window, remains in use.
Enjoy a fascinating and entertaining commentary aboard this Navy-themed vessel. See aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, guided missile cruisers and all of the other ships that form the world's most powerful fleet at Naval Station Norfolk.
The Virginia Zoological Park seeks to increase understanding of the world's flora and fauna and add to the growing body of knowledge about them; to display animals respectfully in a way that encourages their natural behavior; and to conserve animals and their habitats. Gardens set the stage for guests and Zoo residents where naturalistic habitats for exotic and native animals have been created.