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Isle of Wight County Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Not Your Grandmother's County Museum

County museums are usually some collections from attics. This museum is quite different. They did... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2015
Sam J
Naples, Florida
Virginia History.

This home-style museum is a surprizing gem tucked away on the corner of Main St. A full size model... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2015
Vicky A
Smithfield, Virginia, United States
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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...more
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103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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Reviewed 9 November 2015

County museums are usually some collections from attics. This museum is quite different. They did an excellent job of presenting the history, people, and land of the county in a way that was interesting and informative. How is ham made? What exactly is a Smithfield...More

1  Thank Sam J
Reviewed 23 October 2015

This home-style museum is a surprizing gem tucked away on the corner of Main St. A full size model of a country store from the 19th century awaits you. Other nuggets are the world's oldest ham and peanut. Nice info film for an intro to...More

1  Thank Vicky A
Reviewed 15 October 2015

We didn't expect much when we decided to visit the museum, however, it was much better than expected. The museum focuses on the history of the Smithfield area with emphasis on its trading roots. There is a very good short film in the on-site theater...More

1  Thank Bill M
Reviewed 6 September 2015

One of first places you should begin your tour of Smithfield VA. Small but full of lots of gems. Don't miss this one!

1  Thank Kim S
Reviewed 23 August 2015

A very interesting museum to visit if you are in the area. They have an old time general storm, The oldest & largest Ham in America. This place is known for Smithfield hams. A $2.00 donation to get in

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Reviewed 15 July 2015

This little museum was surprisingly good. After you've seen the oldest peanut and biggest ham, check out the old general store, the film about the area's history, and all the rest.

1  Thank Constance B
Reviewed 24 April 2015

This museum at times almost seems more like a roadside attraction than something that would be located in a small town. It is very informative about the history of Isle of Wight county and the staff seem knowledgeable. The small admission fee is worth it...More

Thank Nathan C
Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

We love odd things and tid bits of info so we HAD to come here to see the oldest ham and peanut. Definitely worth $2 admission fee. Maybe an hour to see everything and free parking close in a big lot to also explore Smithfield...More

1  Thank Tami D
Reviewed 7 February 2015

Very interesting history about Smithfield Ham production and how Smithfield got started. Small Museum won't take long and it was very enjoyable.

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 24 December 2014

The Isle of Wight County Museum is an enjoyable and interesting way to learn about local history and small town life. Highly recommend.

Thank Todd B
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