attractions & museums

Only in Newport News will you find world-class attractions, unique travel experiences, and a wide variety of entertainment options. Here’s a small sampling of what’s available:

Curious about Virginia’s natural heritage? Then check out the Virginia Living Museum. One visit here will bring you in contact with more habitats, wildlife and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia! Walk through an Appalachian Mountain cove and a southeastern cypress swamp, touch a horseshoe crab or a sea star, go eye-to-eye with a red wolf and a bald eagle and watch otters frolic on the outdoor natural trail.
Interested in history? Then you’ll love seeing the treasures at the USS Monitor Center, found only at the world-renowned Mariners’ Museum. It’s here you can build your own ironclad, walk the deck of a replica of the USS Monitor, sit in an aircraft carrier ready room, and see why Congress designated this museum as America’s National Maritime Museum.
Love the nightlife? Then take in a show at CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts, the nostalgic Peninsula Community Theatre, or the delightful Ella Fitzgerald Theater.
Itching for more? Then step back in time as you visit our historic homes: Historic Endview; the James A. Fields House; Lee Hall Mansion, and The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center.
Fascinated with the military? Then imagine the courage of those who fought for our freedom at the Virginia War Museum. See a truck that walks and a ship that flies at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum.
Art lover? Discover the ever-changing world of art at the Torggler Fine Arts Center on the beautiful campus of Christopher Newport University.

Tickets & Discounts

For your convenience, you can purchase attraction tickets in advance before your trip or purchase the One City Pass that will give you a bundle discount to all of the attractions in Newport News. For questions, call the Newport News Visitor Center at 757-886-7777 or toll-free at 888-493-7386. Please note tickets are shipped Monday - Friday and exclude Busch Gardens tickets. You can also use our Interactive Map to find accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and more close to our attractions!