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“Jam-Packed Bang for the Buck” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Virginia War Museum

Virginia War Museum
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Newport News, Virginia
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13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Jam-Packed Bang for the Buck”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

The building looks rather small and unimpressive, but with two visits I've yet to go through everything. True, this isn't so much about Virginia's Revolutionary or Civil War campaigns as much as U.S. wars in general. Among the highlights: tanks (indoors and out), an incredible sword collection, firearms from the world over, a German anti-aircraft battery. The special exhibit I saw wasn't Hitler Youth but an international collection of war campaign posters. Allow at least three hours.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Solid Military Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2010

This little museum sustained my interest for over three hours. What it lacks in style compared to newer museums, it makes up for in content. I felt the exhibits from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish American War were especially well done. I have seen better collections, but they organized what they had well. If I had one suggestion, I wish they would include specific Virginia's military history instead of only having a broad approach to US military history. With that being said, I would not hesitate to recommend the Virginia War Museum to history buffs and to anyone eager to learn.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“an absolute bargain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2009

its $6 for regular admission. $5 for seniors.

if you have even a passing interest in history, you will enjoy this museum. it documents the colonists' and the United States' involvement in all of our wars beginning with the revolution.

"boring"? no. you dont have to read endless placards. the verbage is concise but informative.

the items are interesting - weaponry, uniforms, artillery, etc. there is an area displaying propaganda posters from the US, the Axis powers, etc.

if you are of age, or maybe served in WWII, you will enjoy the display on the Axis powers. it may be painful to see, since some exhibits show how the axis leaders and their movements were glorified, but its fascinating nonetheless.

travel - if you are visiting the area, chances are your main focus is colonial williamsburg and/or Busch Gardens. if so, be mindful of when you visit the VA War Museum. DO NOT GET CAUGHT ON I-64 in rush hour. the traffic is undoubtedly slow and congested on a regular basis, since it is the main artery serving the peninsula.

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Plano, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Better than the National World War II Museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2009

Wow! What can I say? This seemingly, small hole wall in the museum has more military history than museums twice to three times its size. As the title indicates, I find this to be even better than New Orleans' National World War II museum. In particular, it has a wonderful display on the Hitler youth (boys and girls) that I have never seen at any other museum. I know military weapons pretty well, but it has examples of weapons from the conflict that I didn't even know existed. I'm telling you that this is certainly not a place to miss if you have the opportunity to visit it! Happy visit!

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New Haven,ct
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“World Class Collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2009

Visited the museum July 2009. The web site did not do justice to the depth and breadth of their collection. The shear number of weapons was very impressive, particularly tanks and mobile artillery both in and outside the museum. This place has every manner of weapon throughout every era of U.S. military history, and a couple of rare surprises. A real hidden gem for a military history buff. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to go through, as this is a self-guided tour. Make sure you go in and ask for a diagram of the outdoor collection. I have been to many such museums in NY, Washington D.C., and West Point, and this place rivals any of them. If you're in the area, the Maritime Museum with the USS Monitor Center is only 4 miles away as well. The two make for a great day.

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