Children's Museum of Virginia

Children's Museum of Virginia
Hours, directions, admission


221 High Street
Portsmouth, Virginia 23704
Phone: 757-393-5258


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Adults (18 & up): $11.00
Ages 2-17: $10
Military and Seniors: $10
Children under two free

The Children's Museum of Virginia gladly accepts cash, checks or major credit cards.

Lose Your Membership Card?

If a member loses their card, the front desk of any museum has the ability to confirm Membership (as long as you show valid I.D.) and can issue a new card for a $5 fee.

Members at the Stargazer and Visionary membership levels receive benefits from the Association of Children's Museums Reciprocal Membership and North American Reciprocal Museums program plus the Association of Science and Technology Centers Passport Program

City of Portsmouth Employees FREE with vaild I.D.

(does not include family members)

Museum Visitation Policy

Children must be supervised at all times. You must be 18 years or older to accompany a child into the museum. Parents/ Caregivers are responsible for their children's behavior.


Museum Hours

The Museum is Open Mondays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. After Labor Day we are closed Monday except for Monday holidays and special events.

Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

Open the following Mondays from 9 am - 5 pm:
• December 21
• December 28

Beazley Planetarium
Shows and Show Times

Tuesday - Friday
· 1 pm - Zula Patrol
· 2 pm - Astronaut
· 3 pm - Zula Patrol


· 11 am - Zula Patrol
· Noon - Astronaut
· 2 pm - Zula Patrol
· 3 pm - Astronaut

· Noon - Zula Patrol
· 3 pm - Astronaut


Convenient parking is located in 2 locations - both close to the Museum. Parking at both locations is $1 per hour Monday through Friday and free on weekends and holidays.

The County Street Parking Garage located behind the Museum is equipped with Automated Pay Stations. Payment must be made BEFORE heading out to enjoy your museum visit. We recommend you pay for a minimum of 3 hours - there is a lot to do and times goes by quickly.

The Middle Street Parking Garage is located behind the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame which is across the street from the Children's Museum. Parking in this garage is pay upon exit. Both garages accept payment by cash, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.



Food and Drinks

Food and/or drinks are not permitted in the Museum. If you plan an extended visit near lunch time, we invite you to have a picnic in the Mall area. You may also grab a bite to eat in one of the delightful restaurants nearby in Olde Towne. Your wristband allows to return the same day after you've enjoyed your meal.


Museum Gift Shop

Click here to discover
the amazing variety of fun,
educational gifts to choose from
in our gift shop.
From science kits to books,
games and toys, there’s plenty
here to encourage your child’s
natural curiosity and imagination.

Gift Shop Hours
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm


Portsmouth, Virginia

More sights.
More shopping.
More variety.
Less time getting around.

One visit to Portsmouth and you'll be hooked. Amble along our famous Seawall. Stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods. Go antiquing. Take in some art. And did we mention Portsmouth is home to some of the most delightful restaurants in the region?

Many of Portsmouth's attractions are clustered within easy walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place to spend a day. And with its central location, it's easy to get to - just a quick ferry ride from downtown Norfolk, a 20-minute drive from Virginia Beach, and less than an hour from Colonial Williamsburg.