We’re Home to the Peninsula’s Cultural Corridor
Excite your mind and inspire the spirit – Each season brings new exhibitions, festivals and performances to Newport News, a magnet for some of the region’s best artistic and intellectual happenings. In the heart of the City, stretching between Oyster Point and Christopher Newport University is the Peninsula’s cultural corridor. Besides the world-renowned Mariner’s Museum and the Virginia Living Museum, the corridor is home to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts.
Historic attractions elsewhere around the city include the Virginia War Museum, Newsome House, Endview Plantation and Lee Hall Mansion. Plus, don’t overlook the exciting live music scene and outdoor sculpture tour that boasts more than two dozen public pieces presented by the Newport News Public Art Foundation and our Tourism Development Office.
- Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum/USS Monitor Center in Newport News offers a captivating look at centuries of seafaring adventures from around the world and holds one of the most complete representations of maritime history in the world.
- The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News combines the elements of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium with living exhibits depicting Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the sea. The Museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits.
- US 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. Visitors to this unique museum can explore the world of Army transportation from steam locomotives to the experimental rocket belt. Indoor and outdoor pavilions.
- American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present.
Numerous other museums can be found throughout Hampton Roads, including The Hermitage, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Nauticus in Norfolk and the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton.
Newport News offers a number of impressive venues for performances, as does the Hampton Roads Region. The Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera Association, the Virginia Ballet, Virginia Arts Festival and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival are all highly anticipated by arts lovers in the area. Ongoing theatrical performances also occur at the Peninsula Community Theater, Ferguson Center for the Arts and various dinner theaters and national acts visit venues like the Hampton Coliseum, the Scope, and amphitheaters in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.