To protect staff and visitors, the Portsmouth Museums are recommending masks for everyone ages 2 and above.

Visit and Be Inspired


Admission is by donation.


904 Elm Avenue
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704

The Museum is located at the corner of Elm Avenue & Rutter St (adjacent to the Splash Park). Click map below for directions.


Friday & Saturday, Noon – 4:00 PM (January 15 through mid-October).

Group visits for six or more people may be arranged in advance for other days/times by calling 757-393-8591.



Phone Number: (757) 393-8591
Assistant Curator Ross Patterson II:



Parties are asked to stay together on the museum’s floor. A hand sanitizer station has been made available at our entrance for visitor convenience.




Non-flash photography is permitted for personal use, except where noted. Flash photography, video equipment, and tripods are not permitted Photography must not be disruptive to other visitors or block exhibits and hallways.

At times, photographers and staff may be documenting museum activities. Your presence implies consent for the Museum to use your likeness in educational and promotional images.

Members of the press are permitted to photograph exhibitions, receptions, and events with prior permission from Marketing Coordinator Lynette James (757-393-8983). The press member must identify themselves by wearing their press credentials and signing in at the front desk.

Professional Photographers
Formal portraits and commissioned photography require a photography permit from the Department of Museums. Please observe the following guidelines:
$50.00 Photography Permit fee. These permits are good for two hours and must be reserved through the Marketing Coordinator.

Upon arrival, photographers must first check-in and pay the fee at the front desk.
Permits are allowed for limited use of public spaces only.

Stabilization devices, lighting equipment, wardrobe changes, props, and make-up stations are prohibited.

Photography must not be disruptive to other visitors or block access to exhibits.

Groups may include up to six people.

Photographers and their subjects are responsible for the repair and/or replacement of property damaged by their activities.