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Downtown Norfolk Summer - Family Museums

Museums and Art in Downtown Norfolk

Downtown Norfolk is rich with historical significance and top-notch art, making it the perfect place to spend an educational and mind-expanding day! Here's a helpful list of enriching options for your family to visit and explore!

  • Art Museums
    • If you're in the mood for a dose of culture, head to the Chrysler Museum of Art, which boasts one of America's top collections of glass art, and so much more - and admission is free! 
  • Maritime Museum & Battleship Wisconsin
    • Nauticus, Norfolk's maritime-themed science & technology center inspires and educates visitors about the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. You can also check out the Battleship Wisconsin while you're here, and explore one of the largest and latest battleships built by the U.S. Navy.
  • Historic Museums
    • Learn all about a great American hero at the MacArthur Memorial, a museum & research center dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the life of Douglas MacArthur. Admission is free!
    • Murals & Public Art
      • Downtown Norfolk is home to Norfolk's NEON District, which is overflowing with creative murals and public art pieces. We're pretty proud of the NEON District and encourage you to go explore. Check the NEON's Facebook page to see if there are any guided mural tours coming up, or go on a self-guided mural tour using the NEON's website to guide you - just be sure to check it out!
      • Seen the NEON District and craving more? Here's all of Downtown Norfolk's Public Art and where to find it.
    • Norfolk Tours
      • Learn all about Downtown Norfolk's history and present on a guided tour. Norfolk Tour Company offers insightful walking tours of various parts of Downtown Norfolk.