Visit: Hours, Admission, Directions, Parking


Closed Mondays between Labor Day and Memorial Day, except Monday holidays.

Tuesday – Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday & Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm



Coming January 26th: Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails
Step inside the World’s Most Beloved #1 Blue Engine! Welcome to the Island of Sodor! In Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails visitors find themselves surrounded by the island’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price and sponsored by 3M. It is being locally funded in part by the Norfolk & Portsmouth Beltline Railroad.

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The Children’s Museum of Virginia is designed for young children and their families, but we know that big kids like to play as well. Out of courtesy to our visiting families and to maintain a high standard of safety for our groups and general visitors, the Children’s Museum of Virginia asks all unaccompanied adults to leave a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID at the admission desk while exploring the museum.

Location, Parking

221 High Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
Phone: 757-393-5258

Convenient parking is located close by at the County Street Parking Garage, which is located directly behind the museum. Parking is $1 per hour Monday through Friday and free on weekends and holidays.


Adults (18 & up):
Ages 2-17:
Military and Seniors:

Children under two free

AAA Discount: $1 off admission per person

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Members: Free

All major credit cards accepted

Children must be supervised at all times. You must be 18 years or older to accompany a child into the museum. Parents/ Caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior.

Please Note: Food and/or drinks are not permitted in the Museum.

Portsmouth, Virginia

Some come for the history. Others come just for the fun of it all. Learn more

Beazley Planetarium

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Show Times:

Tuesday – Friday

Follow the Drinking Gourd – 1:00

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion –  2:00

Follow the Drinking Gourd – 3:00


Follow the Drinking Gourd – 11:00

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion – 12:00

Follow the Drinking Gourd – 2:00

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion – 3:00


Follow the Drinking Gourd – 12:00

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion – 3:00

Gift Shop

Click here to discover the amazing variety of fun, educational gifts from which to choose.