attractions & museums
Newport News' historical attractions and museums, architectural and historical landmarks, sporting, camping, fishing opportunities
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!
Peninsula SPCA & Petting Zoo
Families can feed and visit with a number of our barnyard friends. The PSPCA’s Petting Zoo has chickens, goats, sheep, Alpacas, a tortoise, a peacock, and more! Bring the kids and be prepared for selfies, but watch out for our photo-bombing llama! In addition, Shadow, the Black Leopard, resides in our exotic sanctuary. Parking is free and special events occur throughout the year.
The Mariners' Museum and Park
The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waters, because through the waters we are connected to one another. Come find your connection today for only $1 per person. The Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world. Through the stories told in the Museum’s world-class collection, guests are encouraged to explore their own history and discover their story to see how we are all connected to the water.
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is the restored 1899 residence of J. Thomas Newsome, a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader, who prospered as part of the post-Civil War south's new urban African-American middle class. His Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia. Special events and evening programs are held year-round. Parking is free. The Newsome House is partially wheelchair accessible.
U.S. Army Transportation Museum
The story of the Army's Transportation Corps, from horse-drawn wagons to all-terrain, armored vehicles, is told through models, dioramas and full-size vehicles and equipment at this unique museum. Visitors can explore the world of Army transportation with indoor and outdoor pavilions that feature wagons, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, locomotives, tugboats and experimental craft such as the "flying jeep." Parking is free and there is a gift shop. The museum is handicapped accessible. Please note: All visitors to Fort Eustis must show valid IDs (driver's license and/or photo ID), proof of insurance and vehicle registration.
Virginia Living Museum
Our state's natural heritage is the star at the Virginia Living Museum. Here, visitors can see red wolves, bald eagles, a loggerhead sea turtle, fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Living exhibits depict Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea, including a cypress swamp and a mountain cove. An observatory, state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater, outdoors boardwalk, living greenhouse and conservation garden add to the experience. Shop for unique souvenirs in the Wild Things Museum Store and dine in the Wild Side Café. Special events and evening programs are held year-round. Parking is free.Virginia Green