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Address: 156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480
Phone Number: 804-438-6888
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Yorktown, Virginia
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Yorktown, Virginia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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!

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South Colton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Baltimore
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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 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 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
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: Address: 156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480
Phone Number: 804-438-6888
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Irvington
Open Hours:
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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