Virginia War Museum, Newport News

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The Virginia War Museum is located in Huntington Park on Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia. The museum contains exhibits on American military history from 1775 to the present.HistoryThe Virginia War Museum was founded in 1923 by the Braxton-Perkins Post #25 of the American Legion as the American Legion Memorial Museum of Virginia. The City of Newport News assumed overall administration of the museum in the 1950s, and it was known as the War Memorial Museum of Virginia. In 1987, the Virginia War Museum Foundation was established by the Newport News City Council and the museum adopted its current name.CollectionsThe museum's collection includes weapons, vehicles, tanks, cannons, uniforms, personal effects, and propaganda posters from various periods of American history. The museum is arranged so that tours will guide visitors through the museum chronologically, beginning with the American Revolutionary War, to the American Civil War, through the Philippine–American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, The 1980s, and War in Afghanistan (2001–14). It also includes a special collection of uniforms and weaponry used by African American service members throughout Military history of the United States. A majority of its collection is centered on the Second World War, due to the site's origins as an active American Legion Post near the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation.
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  • My wife and I love historical museums. We didn’t expect much from this humble looking obviously military structure, but it was packed with memorabilia, articles, and artifacts from every war we have e...  more »
  • This museum is a must see for everyone! The exhibits go from the early wars to the most recent. The history here is unbelievable. We were there for three hours and could have stayed longer!!! The size...  more »
  • This museum is well laid out and has a much larger collection of artifacts than I would have guessed.  more »
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  • Awesome. A ton of history to be learned here. The F-17 centerpiece catches your eye immediately
  • Very broad overview of American conflict with small sections devoted to WW2 allies and axis powers. Impressive collection of field pieces both outside and inside.
  • We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of items on display in the museum. The collection included everything from the Revolutionary War to the more modern wars. I loved that you could view at your own pace. A definite "must see" for war history buffs and even for the ones who are mildly interested. My husband loved looking at the guns, swords and uniforms. I really enjoyed the collection of war posters.
  • Worth the low entry fee. I loved all the history. To see the guns and knives amazed me1
  • Everyone needs some history lessons! This is well worth the place to see and read what it holds inside.
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