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Lightship Portsmouth Museum

2 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
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A real lightship

One of only 15 US lightships left in existence today, it is a testament to those who served our... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CaptWaring
Great stop, kid friendly

Had a delightful time learning about lighthouse ships. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. No... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Linden L
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Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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2 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of only 15 US lightships left in existence today, it is a testament to those who served our nation in keeping our harbors and waterways safe for ships to transit. Bruce who served in the Navy as a Yeoman onboard the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14)...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a delightful time learning about lighthouse ships. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. No admission fee, donations accepted. Great for kids with short attention spans.

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Reviewed 6 February 2018

This is a small venue that is worth the stop if you are nearby - but I would not go out of my way to see it. Its not that its bad, its just not so much to see. It looks neat and the local...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Even though I've lived here many years never visited. What a little gem. Our host, Les, was great. He was not only informative and entertaining, it was apparent how much he enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge and answered every question. I would recommend 30 minutes...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

So what do you do when you're living on a boat? Why visit a museum about a boat! This is a Lightship from 1915. It's not light, but has a light on it & served as a lighthouse where none could be built. Eventually Texas...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

The lightship is small but interesting. The guide told the history of ship and answered all questions. It's worth seeing if you're in the area.

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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We went to see the Lightship because we had no idea what it was.It turned out to be fascinating to the 3 granddaughters as well as my husband and I.Lightships were stationed near harbor entrances when the terrain on shore provided no place to build...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

The docent was very knowledgeable. The lightship is not very large and only 1 deck is open to tourists, but it is very interesting. I had never heard of a lightship until I moved to Portsmouth and I retired from the Navy. Well worth the...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Went with two grandchildren (11 & 13). Everyone enjoyed seeing the ship and the guide made everything interesting.

1  Thank Tom S
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Easy, quick visit with children in tow. Intersting for all. Nice way to get to tourma tug boat up close and personal.

1  Thank millie4517
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