We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
Review Highlights
Worth a visit

The museum is interesting for its Civil War, Native American and Colonial history. It was great... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2016
Smithfield, Virginia
via mobile
Small but interesting

Good insights into this area's history. A museum that doesn't take all day to see the exhibits... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Read all 66 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good42%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 12:00 - 16:00
103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
Write a Review
Reviews (66)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 66 reviews

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...

Thank LSNS2652
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...More

Thank Paul_from_VA
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.

Thank Kelly F
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
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...More

1  Thank mary532
Reviewed 25 June 2016

We were greeted by the docent at the museum who was very friendly. She explained so many things about the history of the county. When I told her I had ancestors who lived there in the 1600s she directed me to books that they had...More

Thank The_Heritage_Lady
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

A museum should not be judged on the size but on the contents, education and the feelings. The old time country store was amazing. We did not get enough time to explore like we wanted. Worth the visit to learn about the history of the...More

Thank guvhuney
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Always stop in here when in Smithfield. Lots of interesting things. The kids will love it. The largest smoked ham is still there. Very friendly staff that know the area well

Thank Bear H
Reviewed 24 March 2016

It's small and pleasant, just like Smithfield. We are lucky to have some folks who care about local history and artifacts working at the museum! Admission is by donation, usually just a couple of bucks, a lot of people stop back by and drop a...More

Thank TriumphT100
Reviewed 16 March 2016

I took three of my Grandchildren through and they really enjoyed it! They had a children's section with colonial clothing to try on and fossils hidden in sand they could dig through and expose.

Thank dlowery2016
Nearby Restaurants
Wharf Hill Brewing Co.
270 reviews
.08 km away
Taste of Smithfield
215 reviews
.18 km away
The Restaurant at Smithfield Station
356 reviews
.75 km away
Smithfield Inn
217 reviews
.06 km away
Nearby Attractions
Windsor Castle Park
127 reviews
.78 km away
Smithfield and Isle of Wight Visitor Center
72 reviews
.36 km away
Smithfield Farmers Market
41 reviews
.36 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Isle of Wight County Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines