Visit and Be Inspired


Beginning Friday, January 13, 2017, the museum will be open Fridays & Saturdays, Noon-5:00 p.m.


We will be closing for the season on October 28, 2017. To schedule a visit after Oct 28, please call 757-393-8591. We will reopen on January 12, 2018, Friday's & Saturday's, Noon-5pm.

Admission by Donation

Please call 757-393-8591 to make an appointment for group reservations.

The Museum is located at 904 Elm Avenue. Click map below for directions.


Google Map location for 904 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth Virginia


Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program runs from Memorial Day, Monday, 29 May 2017 through Labor Day, Monday, 4 September 2017.

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904 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23704 · 757-393-8983, ext. 20
Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Community Library served black patrons from 1945 until 1963, when the main library was integrated. The small, one-story brick building was originally located on South Street near Effingham Street. The land at this new location was purchased with donations made by Portsmouth citizens, black and white.