Virtually tour some of your favorite Hampton, Virginia Attractions
Don’t let sheltering-in-place keep you from “visiting” and staying connected with your favorite Hampton, Virginia attractions. While some Hampton attractions may be temporarily closed to onsite visitors, we invite you to take virtual tours and explore all that our great city has to offer. Now sit back, relax and start clicking your way from the “Sea to the Stars.”
Take a tour of the Hampton Carousel, which boasts its original mirrors and oil paintings, as well as 48 intricately decorated horses. With the popularity of antique carousels at its peak, Hampton’s restored 1920 merry-go-round has drawn thousands of visitors to the city’s downtown waterfront. One of only 70 antique carousels still in the United States, the Hampton Carousel is a rare and beautiful example of American folk art.
Virginia Air & Space Center
Take a virtual stroll around the Virginia Air & Space Center, the official visitor center of NASA Langley Research Center and one of 14 NASA Visitor Centers. The Center is located right here in Hampton, Virginia, the birthplace of America’s space program. The Virginia Air & Space Center is bringing educational content to young visitors in new ways! In order to best serve the community, free hands-on activities, videos, books, games, and much more can be found on the Center’s Facebook page.
Hampton History Museum
Don’t miss the Hampton History Museum’s “Clips with the Curator” videos on Facebook. You can also tour the Kecoughtan Indian longhouse, pass through the hold of a tobacco ship and visit the ruins of the city burned to the ground during the Civil War by browsing through the galleries.
Hampton University Museum
Take a virtual tour of the phenomenal works in Hampton University Museum’s Contemporary Gallery. The museum contains more than 9,000 objects representing cultures and people from around the world. Within its fine arts collection is the largest existing collection of works in any museum by the artists’ John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Samella Lewis.
In its long history, Fort Monroe has witnessed some of our nation’s most significant events. Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay you can enjoy the panoramic waterfront views, nature trails, historic homes and buildings, restaurants and beaches At the Casemate Museum, you can explore the history of the Fort, dating back to Captain Christopher Newport’s exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in 1607. The Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center is designed to welcome and orient visitors and provide interpretive exhibits, research, and archival resources. The Center tells the stories of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619 and the culmination of 242 years of slavery as the first contrabands came to Fort Monroe to receive their emancipation.