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.

Isle of Wight County Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Review Highlights
A small area museum with a lot to see

At first glance from the size of it you would think that there is not much to see and you find out... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
post203
,
Williamstown, Massachusetts
Quaint museum with lots to see and learn!

See the oldest ham, learn about Isle of Wight, enjoy a walk through time, see a country store, all... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
janicerem
,
Smithfield, Virginia
Read all 84 reviews
29
All photos (29)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good39%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“general store”(9 reviews)
“hams”(6 reviews)
About
Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special emphasis on water, ham and agricultural industries. The exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a turn-of-the-century country store...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See all hours
Contact
103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
Website
+1 757-356-1223
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (84)
Filter reviews
84 results
Traveler rating
48
33
3
0
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
48
33
3
0
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews smithfield ham general store hams surry county interesting exhibits worth a stop oldest peanuts donation history curing agriculture info smokehouse jamestown replica admission
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 84 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago

At first glance from the size of it you would think that there is not much to see and you find out that it takes longer to see than you thought. There is quite a bit of reading and all types of things displayed. There...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank post203
Reviewed October 28, 2018

See the oldest ham, learn about Isle of Wight, enjoy a walk through time, see a country store, all in this quaint museum with friendly staff!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank janicerem
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We wanted to try something different in the Williamsburg area after enjoying all the water park and coasters at Busch Gardens. So we hopped on the water ferry (loved it!) to Surry County and walked around the town. This museum was very inexpensive (kids free)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank mjilly
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have visited several times and we always enjoy coming back. We had friends from Massachusetts visiting so we spent the day in Smithfield, including the museum. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. The museum is full of artifacts, interesting information...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Larry S
Reviewed August 25, 2018

I love little museums and this one did not disappoint. It's fun, informative, well-laid out, and doesn't take itself too seriously. It covers a lot of history in a small space PLUS the webcam for the world's oldest ham? What's not to love? My friends...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank maddysaurus_rex
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Small museum but VERY worthwhile. Only $2.00 donation for admission and the two ladies working there were friendly and informative. Plus you can see the world’s oldest ham and peanut! Plan to spend about 45 minutes to take it all in at a leisurely pace.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bart M
Reviewed July 26, 2018

If you enjoy your typical county museums, then this place will disappoint you. If you want a county museum that is far above exceptional, this is your museum. Much more to see than those average local museums. Admission is only $2.00 unlike $10.00 that have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed May 29, 2018

My main interest here was on the curing of the Smithfileld hams. They have a very small display that shows how it's done, and a brief note about "the world's oldest ham". I learned quite a bit, so I left very happy. The person at...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank TomR233
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

This little gem of a museum has something for everyone without being overwhelming! There are plenty of interesting artifacts displayed in thoughtful and diverse ways. Hands on for kids and memory/conversation starters for adults. You can feel the love of the staff in the thoughtful...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Cheryl1781
Reviewed May 7, 2018

Nicely laid out, good exhibits. Enjoyed seeing the oldest ham and peanut! Interactive exhibits made it a great experience.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank David S
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
Smithfield Station Hotel
505 reviews
.44 miles away
Hampton Inn & Suites Smithfield
392 reviews
2.16 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Carrollton Smithfield
25 reviews
4.23 miles away
Super 8 by Wyndham Newport News/Jefferson Ave
190 reviews
10.56 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 42 nearby restaurants
Wharf Hill Brewing Co.
349 reviews
.05 miles away
Taste of Smithfield
274 reviews
.11 miles away
Smithfield Ice Cream Parlor
100 reviews
.09 miles away
The Restaurant at Smithfield Station
425 reviews
.47 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 26 nearby attractions
Windsor Castle Park
149 reviews
.44 miles away
Smithfield and Isle of Wight Visitor Center
87 reviews
.23 miles away
Smithfield Farmers Market
48 reviews
.23 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Isle of Wight County Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines