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Isle of Wight County Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great Small Collection of Local History

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. The museum is packed with interesting artifacts and... read more

Reviewed February 1, 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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 December 8, 2018
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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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
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103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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Reviewed February 1, 2019

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. The museum is packed with interesting artifacts and lots of hands-on activities for younger kids. Don't miss the oldest ham and peanut!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed December 8, 2018

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
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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
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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
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