Hampton Roads Naval Museum

Hampton Roads Naval Museum The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is an official U.S. Navy Museum, which interprets the history of the U Please visit our official homepage at www.hrnm.navy.mil.
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Visiting the museum is free, simply take the stairs or elevator to see us on the second deck of the Nauticus building in Downtown Norfolk. Our museum is an official museum of the U.S. Navy, and we interpret the history of the U.S. Navy in and around Hampton Roads, Virginia from the Revolutionary War to the present day for servicemembers and the general public. We perform this mission through collection, research, preservation, interpretation of historic artifacts and educational programs. Through this mission the U.S. Navy's proud tradition, heritage, honor and esprit de corps is perpetuated and better appreciated by all. Additional contact information:

Public Affairs and Media Inquiries: Max Lonzanida, Public Affairs Officer at [email protected] or at (757) 322-2986 or (202) 570-6921. Volunteering and Internships: Darcy Sink, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or at (757) 322-2992. U.S. Naval History Inquiries and artifact donations: Tonia Rock, Curator and Deputy Director at [email protected] or at (757) 322-2984. Military Ceremonies and Special Events: Mark Freeman at (757) 322-3106. Education and Military Outreach: Laura Orr, Director of Education at [email protected] or at (757) 322-3108. Military Education: Matthew Headrick, Military Educator at [email protected] or at (757) 322-3107. School Programs: Zac Cunningham, School Programs Coordinator at [email protected] or call (757) 322-2985.

Meet the staff! Nick Wieman started at HRNM in Fall 2021 as a collections intern while working on his history MA at Old ...
01/04/2024

Meet the staff! Nick Wieman started at HRNM in Fall 2021 as a collections intern while working on his history MA at Old Dominion University. In July 2023, he was hired as a museum educator. Nick's favorite part of working at HRNM has been researching the stories behind the museum’s artifacts and interpreting them for a broader audience.

We have lots of activities for ALL ages at our Brick by Brick: Lego Shipbuilding event, coming up on Saturday, February ...
01/03/2024

We have lots of activities for ALL ages at our Brick by Brick: Lego Shipbuilding event, coming up on Saturday, February 3! One of those is our build-a-ship activity, where kids (and adults!) can build real Navy ships out of Lego, using instructions created by our staff. Learn more about our event or sign up today at: http://tinyurl.com/HRNMLego2024

Because Nauticus is closed to the public from January 2 through January 8, HRNM will also be closed on these dates. We'l...
01/02/2024

Because Nauticus is closed to the public from January 2 through January 8, HRNM will also be closed on these dates. We'll see you for our regular winter hours beginning on Tuesday, January 9! (Tues-Sat: 10am to 5pm; Sun: 12pm to 5pm)

Happy New Year from the staff of HRNM! We will be closed to the public today. See you soon!
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from the staff of HRNM! We will be closed to the public today. See you soon!

Meet the staff! Zac Cunningham grew up in West Virginia, was a cryptologic technician in the Navy in the late 1990s, and...
12/29/2023

Meet the staff! Zac Cunningham grew up in West Virginia, was a cryptologic technician in the Navy in the late 1990s, and has worked in the museum field for over 15 years. He's been HRNM's School Programs Educator for 2 years, presenting education programs to students in area classrooms. (left: Zac at Christmastime as a kid; right: Zac presenting a program in 2023)

Hampton Roads Naval Museum has many artifacts that are souvenirs of ships, holidays, and events. This printed silk handk...
12/28/2023

Hampton Roads Naval Museum has many artifacts that are souvenirs of ships, holidays, and events. This printed silk handkerchief celebrates both the Christmas holiday and USS Chewink (AM 39). Chewink was launched in December 1918, serving duties such as salvage, target towing, recovering mines, experimental underwater radio tests, net laying and tending, and tending submarines until decommissioned in 1933. Chewink was recommissioned for World War II, training divers, in submarine search and rescue exercises, as a station ship, and as a target ship for submarine torpedoes. USS Chewink was decommissioned in 1947.

  in 1872, while serving on the side-wheel steamer USS Powhatan in Norfolk, Virginia, Seaman Joseph Noil saved his drown...
12/26/2023

in 1872, while serving on the side-wheel steamer USS Powhatan in Norfolk, Virginia, Seaman Joseph Noil saved his drowning shipmate, Boatswain J.C. Walton. For his conduct on this occasion, Noil received the Medal of Honor. Check out this All Hands article to learn more about Noil's background and this event.

December 26, 1872, the day after Christmas - the weather in Norfolk was bitter cold, with sleet and a gale-force wind. Aboard USS Powhatan, a sidewheel steamer commissioned in 1852, it was

Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum! Here is the front page of USS Wisconsin's ship ne...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum! Here is the front page of USS Wisconsin's ship newsletter from December 25, 1944--check out that artwork!

HRNM will be closed to the public today and tomorrow. Happy holidays to all of you!
12/24/2023

HRNM will be closed to the public today and tomorrow. Happy holidays to all of you!

Save the date! Our annual Lego Shipbuilding event is back and better than ever. We're moving to a new, larger location a...
12/22/2023

Save the date! Our annual Lego Shipbuilding event is back and better than ever. We're moving to a new, larger location at the Virginia Beach Sports Center (right next to the Convention Center). Register via Eventbrite today, and we look forward to seeing you there!

We're very excited to announce that our new foundation is official! We look forward to doing great things with the Navy ...
12/21/2023

We're very excited to announce that our new foundation is official! We look forward to doing great things with the Navy League of the United States, Hampton Roads.

Command Performance, a variety show, was the flagship program of the Armed Forces Radio Service, a unique military unit ...
12/21/2023

Command Performance, a variety show, was the flagship program of the Armed Forces Radio Service, a unique military unit established by the War Department on May 26, 1942. On December 24, 1942, at 11 p.m. Eastern War Time, Command Performance went on the air coast-to-coast and around the world. In this week's blog, learn about that special holiday broadcast and what it meant to the American public and service members around the world.

The artifact, history, and event blog for the United States Navy's Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Located in Norfolk, Virginia.

Meet the staff! Matthew Headrick is the Military Educator here at HRNM. He began working at the museum in August 2019. A...
12/20/2023

Meet the staff! Matthew Headrick is the Military Educator here at HRNM. He began working at the museum in August 2019. As the museum’s Military Educator, Matt is responsible for creating and delivering educational content to the fleet, and he also conducts outreach for schools throughout Hampton Roads.

This Marsilly gun carriage truck from USS Cumberland is now on display in our new Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit. USS C...
12/19/2023

This Marsilly gun carriage truck from USS Cumberland is now on display in our new Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit. USS Cumberland's 9-inch Dahlgren guns were mounted on wooden Marsilly gun carriages. The Marsilly carriage only had two fore trucks (wheels) while the back end rested on flat slides. They did not recoil as much as the four-wheeled carriage, and were easier to move with a roller handspike.

Our new Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit is complete and will be open to the public tomorrow! Come on by during normal bu...
12/18/2023

Our new Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit is complete and will be open to the public tomorrow! Come on by during normal business hours to see this new exhibit, which focuses on USS Cumberland’s role in the Battle of Hampton Roads. Hope to see you soon!

A couple more photos of our progress with the new exhibit. We should be completely finished sometime next week!
12/14/2023

A couple more photos of our progress with the new exhibit. We should be completely finished sometime next week!

Enlisted naval aviators have played a crucial role in the history of military aviation. In this week’s blog, learn about...
12/14/2023

Enlisted naval aviators have played a crucial role in the history of military aviation. In this week’s blog, learn about Navy Aviation Pilots (Enlisted) and their early contributions to naval aviation.

The artifact, history, and event blog for the United States Navy's Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Located in Norfolk, Virginia.

Here's another artifact that will be on display in our newly-updated Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit: pieces of quilted ...
12/13/2023

Here's another artifact that will be on display in our newly-updated Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit: pieces of quilted grapeshot (the current artifact is shown in the upper left and the drawing demonstrating what it would have looked like when it was whole is in the bottom right). Naval guns used grapeshot to damage masts, rigging, and enemy crewmembers. Sailors stacked the shot around a center post with the canvas stitched to hold it in place. Intended for wooden ships, this ordnance was virtually useless against CSS Virginia's iron casemate.

Meet the staff! Zach Smyers is an educator here at HRNM. He served in the Navy for 10.5 years as a Sonar Technician (Sur...
12/12/2023

Meet the staff! Zach Smyers is an educator here at HRNM. He served in the Navy for 10.5 years as a Sonar Technician (Surface). Zach graduated with a degree in history from Cal State San Marcos in 2016 and has been at HRNM for five years. He manages the museum gallery, operates the Vietnam page, and researches various historical topics.

12/08/2023
The experiences of the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack did not end with the setting of the sun. For weeks, salvage oper...
12/08/2023

The experiences of the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack did not end with the setting of the sun. For weeks, salvage operations on the ships continued, and with those, rescue operations for those trapped aboard the ships took place. Marine Private Richard Fiske, serving aboard the battleship USS West Virginia, remembered the weeks that followed. He heard the sounds of survivors inside his ship—survivors who the rescuers could not save, no matter how hard they tried. Fiske remembered that when the rescuers were finally able to cut in the ship, the Sailors inside had marked how long they made it: until December 22. This image shows the massive damage to West Virginia’s hull plating, inflicted by several Japanese torpedoes.

Ruth Erickson (shown here as a captain, post-World War II) joined the Navy Nurse Corps in July 1936.  Sunday, December 7...
12/07/2023

Ruth Erickson (shown here as a captain, post-World War II) joined the Navy Nurse Corps in July 1936. Sunday, December 7, 1941 was scheduled to be her day off, but when the attack on Pearl Harbor began 82 years ago today, Erickson remembered, “I leaped out of my chair and dashed to the nearest window in the corridor. Right then there was a plane flying directly over the top of our quarters, a one-story structure. The rising sun under the wing of the plane denoted the enemy. . . . My heart was racing, the telephone was ringing, the chief nurse was saying, ‘Girls, get into your uniforms at once. This is the real thing!’” Erickson worked for hours without a break, caring for wounded Sailors, soldiers, and civilians as they streamed into the hospital looking for assistance. She remembered this experience for the rest of her life.

Wes and Bud Heidt were brothers serving aboard USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 82 years ago today. Two we...
12/07/2023

Wes and Bud Heidt were brothers serving aboard USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, 82 years ago today. Two weeks before the attack, Wes wrote to his mother, “Hello Mom, this is your bad son again. Boy have I been catching hell for not writing. I don’t know why you worry about us so much, if anything happened to us you would hear from the Navy first thing. . . . I am safer on this battleboat than I would be driving back and forth to work if I was home.” Unfortunately, Wes and Bud both died on December 7, 1941. Today, we remember the Heidt brothers and the over 2,000 other personnel killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

It's always fun for us here at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum to show off our museum collections. This World War II era ...
12/06/2023

It's always fun for us here at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum to show off our museum collections. This World War II era artifact is a small “Acey-Duecy” set, a version of the game Backgammon. Small compact versions of games are easy to stow in limited space on board. Sailors also learned strategy while playing.

Meet the staff! Mark originally hails from Ohio, where he was a high school and college educator. He is our Military Cer...
12/04/2023

Meet the staff! Mark originally hails from Ohio, where he was a high school and college educator. He is our Military Ceremonies/Events Coordinator. Mark has been at HRNM since March 2023.

Many of the artifacts in our new Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit spent years underwater with the wreck of USS Cumberland...
12/01/2023

Many of the artifacts in our new Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit spent years underwater with the wreck of USS Cumberland, including these two small cutlass pieces. The cutlass hilt is from a Model 1841 U.S. Navy cutlass. This cutlass was replaced with a new model in 1860, but clearly, someone aboard USS Cumberland continued to carry their older cutlass prior to the ship's sinking.

In 1948, American, British, and French occupation authorities launched an airlift of supplies into West Berlin codenamed...
11/30/2023

In 1948, American, British, and French occupation authorities launched an airlift of supplies into West Berlin codenamed “Operation Vittles.” Initially, the Allies had to airlift 3,500 tons of supplies per day. With the need for coal in winter, that increased to 4,500 tons daily. In this week's blog, learn about how U.S. Navy aviators supported this major humanitarian effort to provide West Berliners with the necessities of life.

The artifact, history, and event blog for the United States Navy's Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Located in Norfolk, Virginia.

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