We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Steamboat Era Museum

Is this your business?
156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480-2000
+1 804-438-6888
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
What a surprise!

Small museum. Very informative. Pleasant morning with a friend. Who knew there was so much history... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Traveler61111
,
Jackson, Tennessee
via mobile
Really Great Museum and Getting Better

Very professionally done museum that's about to get a steam boat control room on display that had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave C
,
Alexandria, Virginia
Read all 49 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good24%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“chesapeake bay” (10 reviews)
“northern neck” (5 reviews)
“pilot house” (2 reviews)
Closed
Hours
Hours Today: Closed
LOCATION
156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480-2000
CONTACT
Website
+1 804-438-6888
Write a ReviewReviews (49)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"chesapeake bay"
in 10 reviews
"northern neck"
in 5 reviews
"pilot house"
in 2 reviews
"interesting history"
in 2 reviews
"exhibits"
in 8 reviews
"model"
in 9 reviews
"boats"
in 4 reviews
"docent"
in 6 reviews
"passengers"
in 3 reviews
"economy"
in 3 reviews
"information"
in 5 reviews
"century"
in 3 reviews
"heyday"
in 2 reviews
"captain"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 49 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small museum. Very informative. Pleasant morning with a friend. Who knew there was so much history in such a small area!

Thank Traveler61111
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very professionally done museum that's about to get a steam boat control room on display that had been used as a cabin after the boat was scraped. Nice interpretive displays; one was a little patronizing towards a Black steamship skipper but overall it was a...More

Thank Dave C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum chronicles the steamboat era , such an important time in our nation’s history. Steamboats allowed for easy and inexpensive travel and shipment of goods until the advent of railroads, automobiles and bridges. The displays and models are all beautifully done.

Thank LSNS2652
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed May 4, 2018

There is so much history at this museum. We didn't know what to expect but really enjoyed our visit. A visit here really gives you a feel of how the area was during the era of the steamboat. I highly encourage you to try this...More

Thank Tod N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed November 27, 2017

The people working at the museum truly were interested in this era. It made the tour (by a docent) so informative. I never knew how important steamboats were to the life and economy of an entire region. The displays are well done, my favorite is...More

Thank NANCY S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed October 17, 2017

I was truly impressed by the quality of the displays, dioramas and depth of information that was provided. The docent was friendly and extremely well prepared for questions from our small group. And the quality of the workmanship by William Wright on the models and...More

Thank Cazzie49
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 8, 2017

Interesting and very well maintained small museum. Great scavenger hunt for kids. Visit took under an hour.

Thank cfp4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 9, 2017

This is a small but amazing museum that chronicles the history and romance of the Steamboats that plied the Chesapeake Bay for almost 150 years. The museum focuses not just on the boats, but on the huge social and economic impact these boats had on...More

Thank Jim W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 3, 2017

The steamboat era museum is a small, but excellent museum on the Northern neck will well lead tours followed by time to wander through the exhibits on your own it adds several layers of learning about some of the 600 steamboats that plied the Chesapeake...More

Thank Ed C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 1, 2017

We spent a fascinating hour here learning about the Chesapeake Bay's past with steamboat travel, both for passengers and cargo. The knowledgeable docent gave us a brief introductory tour, then left us on our own to watch videos, look at exquisitely detailed models, read info...More

Thank CBW47
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Irvington Hotels
The Tides Inn
631 reviews
.61 miles away
The Whispering Pines Motel
30 reviews
1.82 miles away
Pilot House Inn
27 reviews
4.55 miles away
Best Western Kilmarnock Hotel
132 reviews
4.68 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
The Dining Hall of The Hope and Glory Inn
72 reviews
.09 miles away
The Local
137 reviews
.20 miles away
Trick Dog - Bar & Bistro
188 reviews
.18 miles away
Chesapeake Club - East Room
118 reviews
.30 miles away
Nearby Attractions
LaSource Spa
8 reviews
3.89 miles away
The Dog and Oyster Vineyard
114 reviews
.48 miles away
Golden Eagle Golf Club
26 reviews
1.75 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Steamboat Era Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit