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 itself is oriented such 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, Operation Desert Storm, 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.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This museum showcases extensive artifacts and exhibits from the Revolutionary War through the War on Terror. Not great for young children, but fantastic for adult war buffs.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    The War Museum has some very interesting artifacts and it's a great way to spend the day with the kids learning about history.  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    Before entering into the Museum with a friend to look for survivors of America's Civil War (the battle of democracy) have kept their weapons and face rusting old used car we saw the weather a little more cool if there would be a better trip. In hindsight, including planned and the inside of the Museum would be nice if it also has the beach just behind the Museum after the Museum fun stuff can be done:)
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  • May 4, 2017
    Very cool meseum! I would say the tanks and guns etc. outside are way more interesting than the inside. The kids love this place! Family friendly although you occasionally have some shady people walking around the park.
  • March 24, 2017
    Great place to visit and learn about our armed services and the machinery they use.
  • March 10, 2017
    Very good displays.highly recommend this for middle school and high school
  • November 24, 2016
    There are great exhibits in the grounds outside the museum. Check out the Vietnam war memorial, holocaust memorial, and world war 2 submarine memorial.
  • June 17, 2016
    So many actual uniforms, pieces brought back from various war theaters. Things that I haven't seen at any other museums! Worth your time. I wish we had left more time to walk through.

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