Exhibits at the VWM

View galleries, vehicles and exhibits showcasing the war efforts of America throughout history.

Educational Programs

Take part in a variety of visual arts, multi-media, hands-on learning and critical thinking exercises.

Kids Camp Programs

The Virginia War Museum is offering the following interactive children’s camps.


American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. The museum was established in 1923 by American Legion Post #25 (The Braxton/Perkins Post) as the American Legion Memorial Museum of Virginia. The City of Newport News assumed administration of the museum in the 1950's. The museum displays outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more which trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military and Visions of War, the museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection. Shop for unique gifts in the Duffle Bag gift shop. Special events and evening programs are held year-round. Parking is free.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed to help in a variety of areas within the museum. Opportunities are in such areas as collections, education, library/archives, and program/tour docents. Please contact Jerry Coggeshall (jcoggeshall@nnva.gov) if interested.

Click here to download the volunteer form (in pdf format)


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