Barry Art Museum
The Barry Art Museum is FREE and open to the public Tuesday – Friday 11-5pm and weekends 12-5pm. Our collection highlights contemporary glass art, American Modernist paintings, historic dolls, and automatons. The changing exhibit now on view is Orchids: Attraction and Deception with 10 contemporary artists that explore the visual allure and ecology of this fascinating plant through diverse media. Come in and explore!
During the Tattoo festival, the Barry Museum of Art will be open to the public Tuesday-Friday 11-5 & Saturday/Sunday 12-5.
Chrysler Museum & Glass Studio
d'ART Center - Your Connection to the Visual Arts!
As Norfolk’s art center, the d’Art Center proudly serves the greater Hampton Roads area by connecting the community with the visual arts. A non-profit 501c(3), d’Art offers art education, programming, outreach, and events, many of which are free and open to the public. D’Art also houses studios, occupied by professional resident artists working in a variety of media, including painting, glass, ceramics, printmaking, and fiber art. Our resident artists provide free, interactive demonstrations for the public.
Garden Club of Virginia: Historic Garden Week
Hermitage Museum & Gardens
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, Virginia. Featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, the hermitage is home to contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts Studio, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens.
Military Aviation Museum
The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War Two and World War One era fighters, bombers, trainers, and seaplanes. With the upper level viewing areas, you can see the wide range of planes on display. Then take a walk around the planes themselves, get close up to see these magnificent flying machines beautifully restored to their former glory.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a nonprofit institution founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities--gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows--MOCA seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art.
Tuesdays-Fridays 10AM-5PM, Saturdays 10AM-4PM, Sundays 12PM-4PM, Mondays CLOSED. Certified "Virginia Green."
Nauticus, USS Wisconsin & Norfolk Naval Museum
This spectacular maritime-themed science center offers hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, aquarium, digital high-def films and an extensive array of educational programs. Berthed alongside the center is the fabled USS Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy.
Nauticus Presents ALBESILA Luminarium by Architects of Air
April 12-21, 2019
MacArthur Center Green
In celebration of its 25th birthday, Nauticus is bringing ALBESILA Luminarium by Architects of Air to Downtown Norfolk April 12-21. This walk-through art experience is a massive labyrinth in which visitors are immersed in a maze of 27 egg-shaped domes—a phenomenon of ever-changing light, shapes and color! Albesila’s centerpiece is its 73-foot high, multi-colored dome, which takes it inspiration from the “Spiral of Life” with a galaxy of 288 stars swirling upward. Albesila will be located on the MacArthur Center Green at the corner of Freemason Street and Monticello Avenue.
Albesila will be open (Rain or Shine) Monday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. It is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. Admission is $6 for adults or children (ages 2 and under are admitted free). A combo ticket that includes admission to Nauticus is also available at $21 for adults; and $16 for children (4-12). Tickets are purchased on-site. In addition, a limited number of $10 Advance Booking tickets that give priority access at a specified time (reducing wait time) are available for purchase only at Nauticus.org
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Norfolk Harbor Cruises
Set sail with a tradition of excellence aboard the Sailing Ship American Rover. April through October she sails the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor on daily 2 Hour Narrated Harbor and Sunset Cruises. On board guests can lend a hand with the sails, take a turn at the helm or just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
Spirit Cruises Along Elizabeth River
A Spirit of Norfolk cruise gives you the chance to dine, dance, play games, and catch spectacular views of the mighty ships and submarines of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet from our skyline deck. With myriad lunch, brunch, dinner, holiday and specialty cruises - Spirit is set to show you Hampton Roads.
You'll enjoy - panoramic skyline views, climate-controlled interior decks, delicious buffet-style meals, modern design and rooftop lounge, and dance floor and live DJ.
The Children's Museum of Virginia
The Children's Museum of Virginia is a place where families and caregivers with children ages 1-11 are encouraged to imagine, explore, and discover together through play. Children step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than they are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark their imagination, where they can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, a star gazer and more.
The Mariner's Museum
With an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, and living options covering 17 city blocks, Town Center is fast becoming one of Hampton Roads' hottest destinations. Grab a bite at a local eatery or a national restaurant. Shop at popular brand retailers and upscale boutiques. Then enjoy world-class performances at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, all within walking distance!
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Virginia Living Museum
Journey to mysterious places inhabited by exotic animals from around the world. Board the Norfolk Southern Express train for an expedition to Asia-Trail of the Tiger, or go on safari to Africa's Okavango Delta. The Virginia Zoo exhibits more than 400 animals on 53 beautifully landscaped acres.
OPEN DAILY 10AM-5PM
Norfolk’s premier dining and entertainment district is a central place where you can hang out, dine and relax with your whole family. Waterside District features the best of national, regional and local restaurants and offers live music, festivals and more. Located in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the City of Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District is a central gathering place for local residents and visitors.