To protect staff and visitors, the Portsmouth Museums are recommending masks for everyone ages 2 and above.

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Admission is by donation.


2 High Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

Situated along Water Street facing the public marina and the Elizabeth River Ferry landing. Street parking is available along High Street and in the nearby Water Street Garage.


Wednesday-Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-4:00PM


Phone Number: (757) 393-8591
Assistant Curator Ross Patterson II:


Parties are asked to stay together and follow the directional arrows on the museum’s floor. A hand sanitizer station has been made available at our entrance for visitor convenience.


Non-flash photography is permitted for personal use, except where noted. Flash photography, video equipment, and tripods are not permitted Photography must not be disruptive to other visitors or block exhibits and hallways.

At times, photographers and staff may be documenting museum activities. Your presence implies consent for the Museum to use your likeness in educational and promotional images.

Members of the press are permitted to photograph exhibitions, receptions, and events with prior permission from Marketing Coordinator Lynette James (757-393-8983). The press member must identify themselves by wearing their press credentials and signing in at the front desk.

Professional Photographers
Formal portraits and commissioned photography require a photography permit from the Department of Museums. Please observe the following guidelines:
$50.00 Photography Permit fee. These permits are good for two hours and must be reserved through the Marketing Coordinator.

Upon arrival, photographers must first check-in and pay the fee at the front desk.
Permits are allowed for limited use of public spaces only.

Stabilization devices, lighting equipment, wardrobe changes, props, and make-up stations are prohibited.

Photography must not be disruptive to other visitors or block access to exhibits.

Groups may include up to six people.

Photographers and their subjects are responsible for the repair and/or replacement of property damaged by their activities.