**UPDATE ON OPERATIONS OF THE PORTSMOUTH MUSEUMS REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS**

Out of an abundance of caution and due to novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all City of Portsmouth’s Department of Museums (including the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the Lightship Portsmouth Museum, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, and the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum) are closed to the general public. Please be advised that despite media reports of museum openings in the Commonwealth, all Portsmouth Museums will remain closed until further notice.

Please stay tuned for updates as they become available on our museum website.

In 1989, the Lightship PORTSMOUTH was designated a National Historic Landmark. Now a museum, the ship’s quarters are fitted out with period accessories, photographs, models, and other maritime artifacts.

ARTICLES & ACTIVITIES

Meet the Crew

Get a glimpse into the life of the LIghtship Crew By Diane Cripps, Curator of History, Portsmouth Museums.

Virtual Tour

“Walk” through history by taking an interactive virtual tour of the Lightship PORTSMOUTH.

Stern of Pendleton

LV-101’s Most Famous Crewman

Seaman Ervin Maske and the Wreck of the Pendleton By Ross Patterson II, Assistant Curator, Portsmouth Museums