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“Best Kept Secret” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Hermitage Museum and Gardens
7637 North Shore Road, Norfolk, VA 23505
757-423-2052
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Ranked #14 of 56 things to do in Norfolk
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Owner description: The Hermitage Museum & Gardens, formerly home to the Sloane family, is an early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate located on the shore of the Lafayette River in Norfolk, Virginia. Featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, the Hermitage is home to the arts. Contemporary exhibition galleries, a Visual Arts Studio, working artist studios, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds offer art and culture to the community, as envisioned by the Sloanes.
Norfolk, Virginia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best Kept Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

a lovely place to walk around and sit along the Lafeyette River. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The museum is worth the visit. A Wonderful way to spend the day. During the summer they have bands that play on the lawn.What a way to spend the afternoon.

Visited September 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“gem on the water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fascinating architecture, carving, gardens, and museum-quality art in a former estate on the water. Much variety for a wide variety of guests. Attendance fee less than $10. per person, and less than $5. with AAA card. Fascinating! In an old neighborhood but easy to get to (get a map).

Visited August 2013
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Mountain View, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“A Living Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Not just an art museum, but a working arts center. Plus a real craftsman style home created by artists. The woodcarving is exquisite and covers just about every surface. Kids will enjoy the hidden doors, panels, and other secrets. And it contains some really nice art.

The gardens are nice for a stroll along the river. The staff are helpful and friendly.

Visited April 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful for a Spring/Summer Wedding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

My husband and I got married at the Hermitage many years ago but still visit it each year (with our children now) each anniversary. It is, by far, one of the most lovely places for a wedding. We have also done picnics there, too.....but the waterview and glorious flowers that bloom make it the most extraordinary place. Check it out....if you want an outdoor wedding...we STILL have people tell us how gorgeous our wedding was and it will be 20 years ago July 2013!

Visited July 2012
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Norfolk, Virginia
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“Nice place to let the kids play”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The play ground is a place to take the kids to play. It is always clean and well shaded in the summer. The area is completely fenced in and there is plenty of room to run.

Visited July 2012
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