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Address: 156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480
Phone Number: 804-438-6888
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A must-see for history lovers!

We had no idea that there was a museum next door to the Hope and Glory Inn. We like to explore and learn about the history in the area wherever we travel. So finding this museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Carolyn T
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South Colton, New York
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South Colton, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had no idea that there was a museum next door to the Hope and Glory Inn. We like to explore and learn about the history in the area wherever we travel. So finding this museum on Steamboats was a lovely surprise. Not very big in size but big in content. We found the displays to be very interesting and... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This may be a small museum, but it offers a lot to visitors! Whether you're interested in history, ships, personal interest stories, entertainment at the turn of the last century, or the culture that developed around the Chesapeake Bay, this museum is worth seeing. Steamboats played a major role in carrying cargo, mail and people up and down the Chesapeake... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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72 reviews 72 reviews
38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We really enjoyed visiting this museum and learning about the steamboats that plied the Chesapeake around the turn of the century. They have a map to begin the museum to show you all the stops that the steamboats made, they have marvelous models of steamboats and a boat yard. They also explain other facets of the steamboats: the canneries that... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is a top notch museum dedicated to the little known history of steamboats on the Chesapeake Bay. Back in the day they were the prime means of transportation up, down, and across the bay for passengers. livestock, and cargo. What the steam engine train was for the interior of the country, the steamboat was for communities around the bay,... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
17 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to this ambitious and beautiful little museum. The handcrafted models of ships, wharves, and shipyards are exquisite. The short film at the beginning of the tour is educational and professionally produced. Overall, the museum does a superb job of presenting a slice of American history which has come & gone, and a form of transportation... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Wonderful insight into the bygone era of travel and commerce on the Chesapeake via steam ships. The culture, the rugged beauty and charm.

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Lakeland, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
5 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

From the outside you wouldn’t expect this museum to be as entertaining and informative as it is. It gives a big, sweeping overview of this important era to the region, and does a darn good job of it. The video is a nice start to your tour. The main room features the current exhibits, which were aptly referenced on their... More 

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Deltaville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We visited the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington, VA, for the first time in two years, and found very complete displays presenting the amazing history of steamboat commerce on the Chesapeake Bay. In the century before highways and bridges connected the cities, communities, and farms around the Bay, hundreds of these steamboats carried passengers and cargo up and down the... More 

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Irvington, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I'd been to the SEM several times two to five years ago and, while it was ok it did not really grab my interest. There was too little to see and what was there was not well presented. In fact, it didn't feel like a museum at all. It felt like a conglomeration of old stuff from someone's attic which... More 

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Burke, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

What a unique experience. Our guide was very informative and had first hand experience riding the steamboats. Video presentation was excellent. We had no idea what an important part the steamboats played in that part of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay region.

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