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Steamboat Era Museum

156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480
804-438-6888
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Ranked #2 of 8 attractions in Irvington
Type: Specialty Museums
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- Jul 28, 2014
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Lakeland, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Heathsville, Virginia
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31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

For its size and location, this is really quite a nice little museum. Well worth going to Irvington to see this.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We never realized that steamboats plied the Chesapeake Bay during the late 1800's to around 1935. Baltimore was generally the originating port. Sleek boats (not like the Mississippi River boxes) with overnight accommodations and fine dining.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

This small, special museum is filled with the aura of steamboats--a period in our history usually overlooked. It is unique to the Northern Neck of Virginia and totally fascinating. Our tour guide is the granddaughter of the captain featured here, and she knows EVERYTHING about the era and captivates your attention. This one is a DON'T MISS FOR SURE!

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

The tour guide gave us a good idea of what life was like in that area when steamboats were the main method of transportation. The large map of the Chesapeake showed why water travel was the most efficient, and sometimes, the only was to get goods from Baltimore to the little creeks and inlets of the Chesapeake.

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Kilmarnock, Virginia
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

What do you know about the steamboat era on the Chesapeake Bay? Nothing? Well neither did I and was delighted to find this new little museum in Irvington. Great exhibits and a wealth of information about a forgotten time when steamboats united the lands around the Chesapeake Bay.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

On a recent stay at the Tides, we wandered into the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington Va. It was quite a surprise and better than expected. The exhibits are very interesting and we came away with a new appreciation for this area. it even had a docent who was very entertaining and knowledgeable. We had an enjoyable few hours and... More

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