Chesapeake Museums & History

Chesapeake Museums & HistoryChesapeake is one of Virginia's most picturesque cities. While it may attract many visitors who choose to take advantage of its natural beauty, many people are pleasantly surprised to discover the different stories from the past that still make their home here. Fortunately, those accounts of days gone by are well preserved in the many local museums and historic places. So, in addition to appreciating all of the natural amenities that Chesapeake has to offer, take a little time to look back with the help of one of these excellent museums and historical places.

Virginia Civil War Trails
It is not often when you get the chance to not only revisit history, but to also walk along its path. You get to have that experience in a truly dramatic way when you visit the Virginia Civil War Trails that begin with the Village of the Great Bridge, which is located at the crossing of the Albemarle and Chesapeake canals. Other stops along the way inclusde Village of Deep Creek, Glencoe, Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery and Cuffeytown 13.

Phone: (804) 783-7423
Web: www.virginia.org

Chesapeake Veteran's Memorial
The Chesapeake Veteran's Memorial is an impressively designed memorial that commemorates the service and ultimate sacrifice of our nation's men and women who are serving or have served in in all of the branches of the military. The memorial can be found on the municipal center grounds and features a marble structure that features the names of over 1,800 soldiers who have paid for our freedom with their lives.

Address: 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322 - MAP
Phone: (757) 382-6151
Web: www.chesapeakeveteransmemorial.com

Chesapeake Planetarium
While most museums preserve significant moments from our past, facilities like the Chesapeake Planetarium let you experience nature as it is happening right now. You can explore the wonders of the universe in a most spectacular way thanks to the high-powered telescopes as well as other technologically advanced equipment that is all augmented by the knowledge of the staff that are always glad to answer any questions you may have. This planetarium has the distinction of being the first such facility that was built by a public school system in the state of Virginia.

Address: 310 Shea Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320 - MAP
Phone: (757) 547-7827
Web: www.cpschools.com

Portlock Galleries at SoNo
Art can inspire the mind to think in very different ways, and that can begin a creative process that can lead to even more great works of art. That feeling of inspiration happens quite often at Chesapeake's Portlock Galleries at SoNo. This is an impressive museum facility that features art exhibits from all over, as well as traveling presentations that are featured about every month. Keeping up with it all means that you should plan frequent visits to this highly enjoyable and engaging venue that puts a premium on its celebration of creativity.

Address: 3815 Bainbridge Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA - MAP
Phone: (757) 502-4883

Battleship Wisconsin
Despite the fact that the Battleship Wisconsin is located in Norfolk, die-hard history buffs don't mind the drive at all. This impressive battleship museum is one of the largest and the last ever built by the United States Navy. When you visit, you can take a dramatic walk on its deck on a self-guided tour and see other parts of the ship. A gift shop as well as several excellent photo opportunities are available at this popular historic attraction.

Address: 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510 - MAP
Phone: (757) 322-3108
Web: www.nauticus.org

Fort Norfolk
Even though Fort Norfolk requires a little extra effort to visit if you are in Chesapeake, the short drive is well worth it if you are a fan of history. This fort is the last remaining structure of an original 19 forts that were built back in 1794 on the order of President George Washington. When you arrive you will be immediately struck by the fort's outward design, and once you step through the archway that leads to the interior, you will feel like you have traveled back in time. The staff members on hand will be happy to answer any of your questions. There is also an expansive 4-acre landscape that surrounds this historical site.

Address: 810 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 - MAP
Phone: (757) 625-1720
Web: www.norfolkhistorical.org