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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  • This museum is well laid out and has a much larger collection of artifacts than I would have guessed.  more »
  • In town to visit relatives for Thanksgiving, found the Virginia War Museum on several; search lists for things to do. The museum tracks through early days of the US with artifacts, guns, uniforms, art...  more »
  • My husband, retired Air Guard, oldest son, active Army at Ft Eustis and I visited this museum Nov 13, 2017 and all were in awe! The displays are meticulous maintained and included all types of items. ...  more »
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  • Worth the low entry fee. I loved all the history. To see the guns and knives amazed me1
  • 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.
  • Everyone needs some history lessons! This is well worth the place to see and read what it holds inside.
  • 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.
  • Great selection of historical artifacts spanning the entire history of the American army. I spent about four hours at the museum and was able to see the majority of items.

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