Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth

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The Children's Museum of Virginia is the largest children's museum in the state of Virginia. It is located in Olde Town Portsmouth at 221 High Street. The museum has a planetarium and two floors of exhibits. Its antique toy and model train collection is one of the largest on the East Coast. Highlights of the museum include a life-size tug boat and house, as well as a real Hampton Roads Transit bus, the cab of a real fire truck from the Portsmouth Fire Department, and a real motorcycle from the Portsmouth Police Department.

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  • It is wonderful to spend a few hours with children, there are a variety of activities and the children have a great time, organized and planned for a sequence of activities that both teaches and...  more »
  • Great day out for little kids and big kids alike. Well worth the $5 entry. Coleman's Nursery display was small and spread out this year but still nice to see. Definitely recommend for family days.  more »
  • We absolutely love the Children’s Museum! We got in for free on Toddler Days using our Zoo Membership (thanks for the membership swap month!). Our girls had fun. They had activities for them to do all over the place and I really appreciate the attendants being there to help watch the kids too. Highly recommend coming here to learn and play with your little ones. 🤗
  • Great children’s museum. Big enough to pass several hours (but not as big as Boston children’s museum). We’re members so we usually just stay a few hours and it’s always great fun. Most activities are in good shape and new exhibits pop up every so often. Something for all ages and interests.

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