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Isle of Wight County Museum

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Address: 103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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+1 757-356-1223
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special...

Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special emphasis on water, ham and agricultural industries. The exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a turn-of-the-century country store, displays interpreting the Smithfield ham industry and perhaps the museum’s most notable artifact: the world’s oldest, edible cured ham.

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Nice Local History Museum

Isle of Wight County Museum is a small place with interesting exhibits on local history. There is an small room that is set up to look like an old general store and displays on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 December 2016
Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Isle of Wight County Museum is a small place with interesting exhibits on local history. There is an small room that is set up to look like an old general store and displays on the agricultural history of the county. For a small museum the exhibits are really nicely done. It only costs $2, so it worth checking out if... More 

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I knew nothing about the area and by the time we left we got to see the World's oldest peanut and smoked ham. What more could you ask for. Very informative museum. Displays were very well done. Short 11 minute film on the area. Off street parking available. $2.00 per adult to get in is very well worth it. After... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Interactive museum for the whole family. We have gone several times over the years. It's a free museum and when family comes to visit and such we take them to see "the ham". They shut down briefly for repairs and we couldn't wait to go back. Great adventure for a little day trip in downtown.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

If you have a connection with Isle of Wight county, the museum is full of interesting facts! Really neat little place! The oldest ham!! See it in person! I love the little mini-movie theater that tells the history. And the hands-on sand exhibit for the kids is really fun! You'll love the old-time country store with the pre-recorded voices that... More 

Thank Lisa C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Fascinating museum! We were on a family history hunt and found some excellent references among the history of the area. Nice little shop too! The pigs everywhere are adorable.

Thank Kristyn R
Smithfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is interesting for its Civil War, Native American and Colonial history. It was great fun to look through the vintage Sears & Roebuck catalogue in the general store display. It's worth dropping in...

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Good insights into this area's history. A museum that doesn't take all day to see the exhibits. Only "down side" was seeing some articles from our youth (e.g. rollerskates, electric coffee pot) on display in a museum! Current events have become ancient history! But a fun visit for an hour or so.

Thank Paul_from_VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

This small museum is well laid out, clean, interactive and has a lot to see. You can learn so much about the area and early times, but it doesn't take all day. You still have time to visit other places in town too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

This museum covers the history of Isle of Wight county to include the civil war in the county and the rise of the Smithfield ham business. It was very informative.

Thank BaltimoreSkiBob
Perryville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

This museum is just a great place to spend time. My kids loved it and really enjoyed the scavenger hunt. In addition to that they also had a lot hands on activities for them. The displays were well done for a small museum. The country store display was interesting. Really friendly and helpful staff answered all our questions.

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