Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Base
8051 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23505-1001
Phone: (757) 451-0000
Fax: (757) 451-8394
Arts & Museums
The Norfolk Naval Station is located in the Sewells Point area of Norfolk, and is the largest Naval complex in the world. The station is situated near the site of the Monitor and Merrimac battle, on the original site of the Jamestown Exhibition. The Norfolk Naval Station is home to numerous ships and aircraft carries. Tours are available.
The Hermitage Foundation Museum holds the Sloan art collection that includes pieces collected from across the world. The Chinese tomb figures and pieces from Czar Alexander's collection are particularly striking pieces. The museum also conducts art classes and holds workshops. Surrounded by 12 acres of well planned gardens, the Hermitage Foundation Gardens are a particularly picturesque. The gift shop sells creations of local artisans and designers.
Stemming from a streetcar station dating back to the 1880's, the Ocean View Station Museum houses exhibits on the history of Ocean View. In addition to its historical exhibits, the Ocean View Station Museum also plays hosts to special events, such as movie showings and book signings.
Fort Norfolk is the last of the George Washington authorized harbor-front ports. Set on four acres next to the Elizabeth River, the fort had a significant role in the War of 1812. Sites to be seen include the dungeon, ramparts and barracks, most of which date back to 1810. Located in the historic Ghent area, Fort Norfolk is an interesting and educational outing.
A fine collection of art and two historic houses make the Chrysler Museum of Art a fantastic retreat. Art works here include pieces by Andy Warhol, Louis Tiffany and Paul Gauguin. Savor art in the form of Greco-Roman, Islamic, Egyptian, Asian, and African masterpieces. The Impressionism, Sculpture and Photography galleries are sure to enthrall you. The Chrysler Library is the largest art reference library in the Southeast. Adjacent to the galleries and included in admission are the Moses Myers House, residence of Norfolk's first Jewish citizen, and the Willoughby-Baylor House.
The Casemate Museum is located at Fort Monroe. Set up in 1834, the museum showcases the history of the fort and the masonry factory. The museum is famous for holding captive Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Guided tours are offered as well. Call ahead to know more.
This historic home was built in 1854 for James Hunter, his wife Lizzie, and their three children. All of the children remained unmarried, and the youngest, Eloise, converted the house to the museum as part of her Hunter Foundation. The museum opened in 1988 and gives visitors a glimpse into lives of a wealthy family at the end of the 19th Century. Friendly docents conduct tours every half hour, explaining the history of the house as well as the lives of the Hunter family.
This restored historic house was once home to Norfolk entrepreneur Moses Myers. One of the first brick houses built here after the Revolutionary War, the Moses Myers House today contains a nice collection of original furnishings, family portraits and other works by Thomas Sully. An ongoing restoration of this house continues by the Garden Club of Virginia.
This active military installation was famed during the Civil War as the "Freedom Fort" by African Americans escaping from slavery. General Benjamin Butler, refusing to return runaway slaves, kept them as "Contrabands" of war, assuring their freedom. Fort Monroe's role in the Civil War is depicted at this museum which contains Confederate President Jefferson Davis' prison cell.
Located in the historic Willoughby-Baylor House, which dates back to the late 18th Century, the Norfolk History Museum hosts interesting exhibitions about all aspects of Norfolk's history. From maritime history to the architectural history of the city, visitors are sure to walk away from this museum feeling educated. Another main feature of the museum is the garden, installed in 1991, which is a representation of what a colonial garden would have looked like.
The Nauticus Maritime Center is a huge complex on the waterfront in Downtown Norfolk. The interactive exhibits help visitors explore nautical science, Nofolk's naval history and marine life. Touch tanks bring you as close as you can get to sea creatures like starfish, anemones, even nurse sharks! Included in the admission price is entrance to the 3D Theater.
Part of the Nauticus Maritime Center, the USS Wisconsin came to Norfolk in 2000. The ship is over 60 years old, first launched in 1943, and is one of the largest battleships ever built by the US Navy. Children and history buffs especially love it, and docents are placed in various spots on board to answer any questions about the ship's colorful history.