2864 Pruden Blvd.
Suffolk, VA 23434-7231
Phone: (757) 934-2311
Fax: (757) 934-2314
2864 Pruden Blvd., Suffolk, VA, US, 23434-7231
- Phone: (757) 934-2311
- Fax: (757) 934-2314
Arts & Museums
The Riddick House is a monumental home site in the Suffolk vicinity of the U.S. State of Virginia. The ancient historic house dates back to 1837 and is a fine example of the Greek Revival style of architecture. It has also been registered on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.
Home of the Suffolk Art League, this museum presents a variety of changing exhibitions showing the work of local and regional artists plus offers a variety of hands-on workshop classes and performing arts events throughout the year.
This Indian tribe originally lived along the Nansemond River and were part of the empire ruled by Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. The museum tells their story and exhibits an assortment of crafts, jewelry, clothing, books, and historical artifacts.
A privately owned collection of uniforms, weapons, and memorabilia that spans every war in the nation's history.
Housed in the 1846 courthouse, this museum features exhibits in a dramatic setting which highlight Eastern, Western, multicultural, traditional, and contemporary art forms. They also offer quality educational, cultural, and aesthetic experiences through lectures, classes, and performances.
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.
James Apostle Fields was born a slave in Hanover County, Virginia and found refuge at Fort Monroe during the Civil War in 1862 as "Contraband of War." Mr. Fields was one of the first twenty pupils to graduate from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1871. In 1881, Fields graduated from the School of Law at Howard University. In 1887, Fields served as the Commonwealth's Attorney for Warwick County (now Newport News). In 1889, Fields served in the Virginia General Assembly. In 1908, a team of four doctors pioneered the establishment of the first hospital for blacks in the city. Other than the city's jail infirmary, this institution was the only hospitalization outlet for blacks.
A unique dockside museum which depicts the area's history of tugs and the towing industry, this 1933 Tug Huntington is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and allows visitors to catch a glimpse of tugboat life while exploring the engine room, crew's quarters, galley, saloon, captain's quarters, and wheelhouse.
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.
Norfolk has a long-standing military tradition, and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum is dedicated to celebrating this rich history. Located inside the Nauticus Maritime Center, the museum also operates the USS Wisconsin exhibit. Featuring uniforms, documents, photos, and other artifacts, history buffs should not miss this treasury of local history.
Art lovers should visit Selden Arcade while in Norfolk, especially since Selden has recently become Norfolk's Cultural Arts Center. The Selden also has two galleries where you can admire contemporary art which often feature local artists. The center also often hosts performing artists and local events.