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Steamboat Era Museum

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Address: 156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480
Phone Number: 804-438-6888
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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History buffs don't miss this

Great tour guide, interesting displays and wonderful videos to watch with interviews from old timers. So glad we stopped in.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Great tour guide, interesting displays and wonderful videos to watch with interviews from old timers. So glad we stopped in.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This is a small museum by packed with information on the area steamboat life. Very interesting look at life on the river in the old days.

Thank Bruce T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Found this museum so interesting. Loved the special exhibit on canned tomatoes, which was a revelation to us. The film and models were both excellent and we learned new things from all the exhibits. Went home with a gorgeous "canned goods label" poster which is now hanging in our kitchen. Well worth seeing, a little known area of Virginia history... More 

1 Thank Kampalapals
Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Even though I've lived in the Tidewater area for many years I learned so much about this particular area at the museum. It is a lovely small museum really well done. It's worth the stop!

Thank Reasonablegal
South Colton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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 

1 Thank Carolyn T
Alexandria, Virginia
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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 

Thank HilaireH116
Des Moines, Iowa
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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 

Thank Nancy F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

2 Thank atraveler300_11
Richmond, Virginia
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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 

3 Thank Bill H
Wilmington, North Carolina
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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.

1 Thank Lee B

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