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“Educational and Entertaining” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Two High Street, P.O. Box 248, Portsmouth, VA 23705
757-393-8591
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Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: History museum displays a wide range of water craft, from pleasure to aircraft carriers, including artifacts related to the armed forces.
Portsmouth, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Educational and Entertaining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Worked here for over 35 years and lived around it all my life. Tons of naval and local history all wrapped up in one location. Well worth the vist for whatever the reason. Learn the fascinating world of ship dry docking and the rich WWI and WWII history. This place is staffed by those who know through their own years of working at the yard. Come out and enjoy and learn.

Visited October 2013
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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“Excellent place for Portsmouth Va. history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I worked at NNSY for over ten years but I learned about NNSY so much by visiting this museum. The layout of the shipyard was very realistic and proved a birds' eye view of the places where I walked to each working day. I would highly recommend this museum for a vist. The staff was very friendly, professional and eager to answer all of my quesions.

Visited September 2013
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LEWES
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“This one's a gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Not an enormous museum, but jammed with artifacts and copy to explain the history and importance of Portsmouth as the first major naval shipyard and port of the US. Particular attention to the USS Delaware. Lots of little-known facts about dry-docking and ship building, with many stunning models.

Visited September 2013
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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“Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Lots of exhibits from as far back as the civil war to modern day. The Shipyard is over 240 years old and has much history with it.

Visited September 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Rainy Day - Great Find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My wife, brothers and I were looking for something to kill time on our visit to Norfolk. The Navy and Shipyards there are pretty impressive. We went to the Portsmouth Shipyard Museum and the entry was $2.00 each. (Great). We took the better part od 1-1/2 hours to look at all the historical models, art, tools and stories of the shipping history from early settler times to to the present. We were all entertained and left with comments on how much we enjoyed our visit there. Small children may not keep their attention for long, but that is the same in all museums. Recommended.

Visited February 2013
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