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Isle of Wight County Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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 2 weeks ago
Smithfield, Virginia
Such a cute old-time museum!

We wanted to try something different in the Williamsburg area after enjoying all the water park and... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2018
Ashburn, Virginia
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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 2 weeks ago

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!

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

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

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

Thank MadelineW18
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.

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

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

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

Thank Cheryl7877
Reviewed May 7, 2018

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

Thank David S
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

While small, very interesting, liked the small replica smokehouse and the general store best, kids are free and adults only $2, while we spent less than 30 minutes at the museum it was 30 minutes well spent! Ate at near by Taste of Smithfield which...More

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