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Lightship Portsmouth Museum

2 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
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We Had Never Heard of a Lightship.

We went to see the Lightship because we had no idea what it was.It turned out to be fascinating to... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2017
Norfolk, Virginia
A great way to spend 30 minutes

The docent was very knowledgeable. The lightship is not very large and only 1 deck is open to... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2016
Portsmouth, Virginia
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2 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Reviewed 2 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

1  Thank travel7continents
Reviewed 26 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

Reviewed 13 September 2016

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

1  Thank Tom S
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
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This place makes you appreciate what those Coast Guard sailors had to live with back in the day before all our modern conveniences. I learned a lot from Bruce, the gentleman who met us at the door (or should I say, Freezer Door - you...More

Thank Y-Knot-MN
Reviewed 8 August 2016

This lightship was built in 1915 and until 1964, was called Stonehorse, Charles, and Overfalls before it was named Portsmouth (for its last port of Portsmouth, VA). In 1964, it was made into a museum. In 1989, it was named a National Historic Landmark. You...More

1  Thank globaltrekster
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Great outside activity.. Very good place to take a few pictures. would recomment the visit to anyone.

Thank Sue V
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I happened to stayed in Chesapeake the night before. Since I wanted to visit the Ships on the water but when I got there they happened to be far away on the water. As I drove around I stumble on this beautiful ship with lots...More

1  Thank ositalrescate
Reviewed 17 July 2016

I visited on a rainy Monday morning. No one else came while I was there, so I got a personal tour. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and the boat was interesting. It's in good repair, and appears as it would have been while in...More

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

It was truly a pleasant surprise to visit the lightship... the tour is free so is the visit.. i donated 5 dollars... the ship is truly an engineering marvel ofnits of it's time.. yo live in those conditions is truly remarkable... i tip my hat...More

Thank jose l
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