Galleries represent Hampton history, including the city’s early inhabitance by the Kecoughtan tribe and contributions of African-American residents. View ten permanent galleries that bridge the past with the present, spanning Hampton’s settlement to the city’s role as the founding site for the U.S. space program.
Experience four centuries of national history and view how Hampton evolved as “America’s Gateway” from Native American days to the Space Age. Ten galleries illustrate a narrative beginning with the Virginia Colony and continue through phases of Coastal Virginia life with surprises along the way. Meet Blackbeard the Pirate, experience the burning of Hampton during the Civil War and see how the Contraband decision was the first step toward freedom for millions of African-Americans. The museum also shares space and a gift shop with the Hampton Visitor Center.
Museum Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 p.m.: Sunday & Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, active military, active NASA, AAA and children 4–12. Children under 4, free.
Gift shop Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm, Sat. 11 am-3 pm and Sunday, 1-5 pm.
Free visitor parking is available in the parking garage located at 555 Settlers Landing Road and accessed from History Museum Way, across the street from the museum entrance.
Highway exit: I-64, Exit 267 to Settlers Landing Road. Continue to History Museum Way.