Virginia War Museum

9285 Warwick Boulevard
757-247-8523

The Museum was established in 1923 by American Legion Post #25 (The Braxton/Perkins Post) as the American Legion Memorial Museum. The City of Newport News assumed administration of the Museum in the 1930's. In the course of the Museum's existence, it's name has changed twice. In 1948 the first name change took place when the entrance of the Museum moved from the southeastern side of the building to the northwestern side of the building (its current entrance location). In 1996 the name changed from The War Memorial Museum of Virginia to The Virginia War Museum.
Over the past 75 years, the Museum has acquired over 60,000 artifacts. The size of the collection is a blessing; however, due to limited display area only 4-5% of the Museum's collection can be displayed at any given time. In addition to limited display area, the Museum also has limited storage space for those artifacts not on display. Consequently, The Museum is currently exploring its options as to what it can do to rectify this problem. The goal is to have a facility that can store, preserve, conserve, and display more of its collection while providing storage and display space that enables its collection to expand.


Recent News

African American History Month Film Fest 2016

The museum will host a film festival during the month of February featuring films with African-American themes. All movies are free with each day's paid admission and begin at 1:00 PM.Schedule of Films:February 6, 2016The Tuskegee AirmenStarring Laur…

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Women's History Month Film Fest 2016

The museum will host a film festival during the month of March featuring films depicting women's roles in the military. All movies are free with each day's paid admission and begin at 1 PM.Schedule of Films:March 5, 2016Fly GirlsAt the height of Worl…

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Asian-American History Month Film Fest 2016

The museum will host a film festival during the month of May featuring films depicting Asian-Americans’ in the military.  All movies are free with each day’s paid admission and begin at 1 PM.Schedule of Films:May 7, 2016Citizen TanouyeCalifornia…

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Women’s History Month Film Fest 2015

The museum will host a film festival during the month of March featuring films depicting women’s roles in the military.  All movies are free with each day’s paid admission.Schedule of Films:March 7, 20151 pm: Fly GirlsAt the height of World War …

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African-American History Month Film Fest 2015

The museum will host a film festival during the month of February featuring films with African-American themes. All movies are free with each day’s paid admission.Schedule of Films:February 7, 20151 pm - 3pm: A Salute to the Tuskegee AirmenStarring…

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Asian-American History Month Film Fest 2015

The museum will host a film festival during the month of May featuring films depicting Asian-Americans’ in the military.  All movies are free with each day’s paid admission. Schedule of Films:May 2, 20151 pm: Citizen TanouyeCalifornia's Ted Tano…

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Asian-American History Month Film Fest 2013

Schedule May 4, 2013 From Hawaii to the HolocaustThe moving and powerful story of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, a fighting force comprised of Asian-American soldiers that helped liberate the Dachau c…

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