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Museum Day
October 6 - 10:00 am-4:00 pm

The Department of Museums and the Olde Towne Business Association presents the 2nd Museum: Showcasing the Portsmouth Cultural Arts District. This event offers trains, history and art, musical performances, churches, museums and more. Come joint us and visit the Lightship Portsmouth Museum and learn how these ‘floating lighthouses" helped mariners find their way and kept them safe. From 10 am-noon, meet a retired lightship captain who will describe his experiences aboard a similar vessel. Throughout the day stop by the craft table where you can try your hand at making some maritime headgear.

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Join the Portsmouth Museums as we celebrate a weekend of fun, fall activities. The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the Children’s Museum of Virginia, and the Lightship Portsmouth will be celebrating a myriad of experiences this Halloween season. Families, children and adults can all enjoy programming that includes dramatic reenactments, family-friendly scavenger hunts, horror storytelling, monster mashes, and more!

Halloweekend Schedule:

Friday, October 19, 7-8:30pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Tickets: $5 per person available online
or for purchase at the Children’s Museum of Virginia or Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The Poe Project - an evening of Edgar Allen Poe - presented by Core Theatre Ensemble

Saturday, October 20, 10am - 5pm
Children’s Museum of Virginia

Activities throughout the day:

· Scavenger hunt
· Black light art
· Face painting
· Photo booth pictures
· HARDLUG: LEGO special event display
· Activity Tables offering special event crafts/take homes:
· Craft and button making
· Make a hat with the Lightship Portsmouth staff
· Cape Henry Lighthouse visits with a special activity

10:30am - 12:30pm and 1 - 4pm: Make It, Take It Room open with Halloween art activity
11:30am: Monster Mash costume parade
12:30 - 4:30pm: STEM Studio open with Mad Scientist Experiments
2:30pm: Monster Mash costume Parade
*Costumes are highly recommended

Saturday, October 20, 7pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Fright Flight - Local horror authors will read short stories. Free admission and light refreshments served. Sunday, October 21, 10am -5pm Lightship Portsmouth Mystery at the Lightship Portsmouth: A family friendly scavenger hunt to determine whether the lightship is haunted

Sunday, October 21, 11am - 4pm
Children’s Museum of Virginia

HARDLUG: LEGO special event display

Sunday, October 21 - 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Lightship Portsmouth

Mystery of the Lightship - Visit the Lightship Portsmouth as the Department of Museums wraps up "our frightful" Halloweekend. The Lightship turned 102 years old this year, and we’ve discovered some unnatural—and downright creepy—sounds on the ship. So while you are exploring the Lightship on this family-friendly scavenger hunt, see if you can solve the mystery of why things go bump in the night!


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