The Watermen's Museum
The Watermen's Museum
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  • Rick J
    Victoria, Texas104 contributions
    A neat out of the way museum
    A very interesting visit to learn about something that I knew very little about. The staff was very enthusiastic about their subject matter and the displays and good. The model ship builder was very interesting to talk to as was the full size boat builder.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2022
  • jartman65
    Pinehurst, North Carolina259 contributions
    A unusual gem by the water museum.
    We had a great time at this museum. There is a minor charge, but worth the cost. The staff was very helpful and they provide a short introduction to the museum and area. Make sure you meet Bruce - he is a master model ship builder. Spend some time with him to learn about his love for this hobby.
    Written June 28, 2021
  • sharlinez
    19 contributions
    Fun Little Museum
    This was a great little museum that was a fun stop for our family. My children had a lovely time finding the items on the scavenger hunt. My husband and I learned a lot about the history of the museum and the watermen of Virginia.
    Written August 7, 2020
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tinacaro
United States71 contributions
Jul 2020
We stopped in for about 30 minutes.

The museum is very inexpensive ($5 for an adult) and priced accordingly.

They have a scavenger hunt for kids which made it worth attending. Our kid was allowed to pick out a prize at the end.
Written July 25, 2020
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Jeanie407
Yorktown, VA75 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
This museum is a secret little gem! It tells the story of the Yorktown waterfront and the past life of its people. There are interesting displays inside and also outside. The model ship out front along with the replica windmill, boasts the work of a master craftsman. To remember my visit, I treated myself to a Christmas ornament. It is a tiny wooden work-boat decorated with party lights. So cute!! This place is great!
Written July 21, 2013
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donpipes
Yorktown, VA100 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
A dedicated staff put on a wonderful experience that even the local teachers bring their students on field trips.
Hands on opportunity. Bring your camera. Don't be afraid to ask questions!
Written April 30, 2017
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Tom and Heather
Swedesboro, NJ840 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
What a great stop in Yorktown. We had a great introduction from two of the people who either worked there or owned it. This is a small museum with a ton to see with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Wrap it up with a nice little gift shop.

FYI: For those of you National Park Service passport stampers, there is a stamp here!!!! We had to go back to get our stamp because we didn't know it was here.
Written December 6, 2016
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pasbuffalo
Williamsville437 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
This is a very small museum, dedicating to telling the story of the Chesapeake Bay area watermen. This includes anyone who makes their living on/by the water, especially the fishing industry. It is a low cost attraction ($13 for 2 adults + 1 senior). They had several young school children touring the museum the day we visited. Their galleries include several interpretive displays, with some artifacts. We found it moderately interesting, but we wouldn't go out of our way to go to this museum. We were in and out in less than an hour. We came here while visiting family in nearby Newport News. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit.
Written May 18, 2014
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enjoylife17
Wilmington, DE23 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
We happened to be donig some beachwallking in front of The Waterman's Museum that's when we met "bubba". He was a great sharer of information about everything but we were able to get a one to one tour of the windmill. We actually turned the blades.

Bubba made the experience GREAT....
Written January 22, 2013
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jaysfan21
Apollo Beach, FL70 contributions
Jul 2011 • Solo
On the way in to Yorktown from the historic battlefield I noticed this neat looking house. I figured on the way out I would check it out. I am glad that I did.

While I am not too familiar with the complete history of the Chesapeake Bay region the nice woman who gave a me a personal tour brought me up to speed and explained how the Waterman was important to the area.

The museum is situated in a historical home that was moved, yes moved across the York River to it's present location. There is a neat picture of the house on a barge in one of the rooms. In two sections of the museum there are numerous models of boats that were built using logs. Some of them are very detailed.

Outside in the backyard of the house there are a few life size boats that are being restored to the reflect their past grandeur. As a result of the searing heat outside I did not check that part out.

Overall I thought the museum was very neat and I definitely learned something about a subject that I knew little about. The pricing $5 for adults and $2 for students was worth it.
Written July 28, 2011
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countyfare
Leesville, SC109 contributions
May 2021
Small nautical museum. We got a short history from the nice lady working there, then walked around for about 30 minutes. Short but sweet.
Written May 25, 2021
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,107 contributions
Sep 2020
Great Museum about the Watermen !! Love this setting, was a cute little house converted to a museum with two gentlemen who were very helpful. Lots to read and view and a little gift shop at the end made this museum cute, quaint, and unique.
Written September 21, 2020
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Allen G
Richmond, VA595 contributions
Dec 2019
While in Yorktown, decided to check this place out. Interesting exhibits on the local fishery scene from Colonial time up to the modern era. Mishmash of displays and models that will catch your eye. When you enter turn left into the guft shop, that is where you get your tickets. Lady behind the counter was very friendly and willing to answer your questions.

Check out their website before you visit, found out they close for a few weeks during the winter. Also pakring can be found either across the street (if that is filled) then there is a free parking garage down the street just under the Coleman Bridge.

After visiting the museum you can visit some of the shops nearby or walk thru the park next door.
Written December 15, 2019
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