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Check out the upcoming events here at the Virginia War Museum!

Most events are free with a paid admission to the Museum.


Standard Admission 

  • Adult - $7.00 
  • Senior citizen (62+)  - $6.00 
  • Active duty military w/ ID - $6.00  
  • Children (ages 7-18) - $5.00
  • Children under 7 - Free
  • AAA Members get $1 discount 

Hours of Operation 

  • Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm 
  • Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm 

Closed: 

  • New Year’s Day 
  • Easter 
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

March 12, 2016: Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII

In 1942 a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. This clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for the U.S. Army. From the bombing of Axis Europe to the assaults on Japanese strongholds, women worked around-the-clock six days a week, creating ballistics tables that proved crucial to Allies’ success. When the first electronic computer (ENIAC) was developed to aid the Army's calculation efforts, six of these women were tapped to become its first programmers. 

 

March 19, 2016: Lioness

How did five female Army support soldiers, mechanics, supply clerks and engineers, end up fighting alongside the Marines in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq War?  An intimate look at war through the eyes of the first women in U.S. history sent into direct ground combat, despite a policy that bans them from doing so.

 

March 26, 2016: V for Victory: Women at War

This video details women's essential contributions to the national war effort during World War II. Original newsreel stories illustrate the period's most momentous events and highlight the era's prominent personalities. World War II changed life forever for the American woman, who now began to fill traditional male roles and earn new independence. From the home front and factories to the battle fields, the film examines women's sacrifices as well as their demonstrations of competency at this critical turning point in our country's history.

 

March 30, 2016: Kids War Games, X-Wing/Tie Fighter, 9 am – 3 pm

Children, ages 8 - 15, will be able to take part in this interactive war game which recreates the Rebels attack on the Death Star; cost $10.

 

April 5 - 7, 2016: Spring WWI Kids War Games, Easter Rebellion 1916, 9 am – 3 pm

Children, ages 11-16, will be able to take part in this interactive war game which recreates the Irish rebellion during Easter 1916; cost $60. Spots are limited; pre-registration is required. 

 

May: Asian-American History Month Film Fest

The museum will host a film festival during the month of May featuring films with depicting Asian-Americans’ in the military.  All movies are free with each day’s paid admission.  All movies start at 1 p.m.

 

May 7, 2016: Citizen Tanouye

California's Ted Tanouye won the Medal of Honor for valor during World War II, while his family lived in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans. Decades later, eight students from his hometown of Torrance began researching his life, discovering both the glory of his sacrifice and the shame of his family's treatment.

 

May 14, 2016: Toy Soldier Show, 9 am – 4 pm

Vendors will be selling antique and contemporary toy soldiers and miniatures. Historical miniature kits and models in metal and plastic are also for sale.  Join us for this salute to Armed Forces Day.

 

May 21, 2016: Most Honorable Son

After the Pearl Harbor attack, Ben Kuroki volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He would become the first Japanese-American war hero, surviving 58 missions as an aerial gunner. Between tours of duty he found himself at the center of controversy; a lone spokesman against the racism faced by the thousands of Japanese Americans. 

 

May 28, 2016: The Silent Glory

During World War II, many young Japanese Americans from internment camps volunteered to fight for the country that had turned its back on them. Yet the 442nd Regimental Combat Team would go on to become one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history.  General Mark Clark said of them: “Best damn fighters in the U.S. Army.  Send me more!”  Their rescue of the lost battalion is considered one of the greatest missions of the war.

 

May 30, 2016: Memorial Day Ceremony

Sponsored by American Legion, Braxton-Perkins Post #25, this annual ceremony is held at 11 a.m. at the Victory Arch, 25th Street & West Avenue in downtown Newport News.  After the ceremony, the public is invited learn about America’s rich military heritage at the Virginia War Museum.  Visit the museum on Memorial Day and receive $1 off the posted admission prices.

 

June 4, 2016: Artifact Roadshow, 10 am - 2 pm

Bring your military memorabilia, including firearms, edged weapons, insignia, uniforms, field gear, and medals from all eras & from around the world to the Virginia War Museum on June 4 to find out!   Local military history experts from the Virginia War Museum Foundation & the Hampton Roads Militaria Society will be on hand to help identify your artifacts from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts. 

 

July 18 - 21, 2016: World War II Kids Camp, The Invasion of Italy, 1943, 9 am – 3pm

Campers, ages 8-12, will delve into World War II in a one of a kind experience.  They will train in squads and learn WWII infantry tactics and play out two battles a day. In between battles, the campers receive instruction in uniforms, equipment and history of World War II.  Be advised, this is a physically active camp.  Campers will be expected to run and jump as well as play in the woods and outdoors.  Due to the popularity of WWII camp, attendance is limited to 60 campers. Pre-registration is required, however payment is not required at time of registration. The cost for the camp is $200 per camper payable by check or money order.

 

August 22 - 25, 2016: World War II Kids Camp, The Invasion of Italy, 1943, 9 am – 3pm

Campers, ages 8-12, will delve into World War II in a one of a kind experience.  They will train in squads and learn WWII infantry tactics and play out two battles a day. In between battles, the campers receive instruction in uniforms, equipment and history of World War II.  Be advised, this is a physically active camp.  Campers will be expected to run and jump as well as play in the woods and outdoors.  Due to the popularity of WWII camp, attendance is limited to 60 campers. Pre-registration is required, however payment is not required at time of registration. The cost for the camp is $200 per camper payable by check or money order.

 

November 11, 2016: Veterans Day

Sponsored by American Legion, Braxton-Perkins Post #25, this annual ceremony is held at 11 a.m. at the Victory Arch, 25th Street & West Avenue in downtown Newport News. After the ceremony, the public is invited learn about America’s rich military heritage at the Virginia War Museum.  Visit the museum on Veterans Day and receive $1 off the posted admission prices.

 

December 7, 2016: Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony, 4 pm

This annual event features a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association monument on the grounds adjacent to the museum. 

 
Contact Us
  • The Virginia War Museum Foundation
  • 9285 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA  23607
  • 757-247-8523
  • info@vwmf.org

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