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Isle of Wight County Museum

Opens in 7 min: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Appealing to the Whole Family

Between colonial era exhibits, civil war exhibits, and exhibits about today's local industries... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2013
MikeBHR
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Norfolk, VA
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This small museum is free and is very interesting. Has the world's oldest and the world's largest... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2013
747Luv2Travel
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Warrenton, Virginia
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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 15 November 2013

Between colonial era exhibits, civil war exhibits, and exhibits about today's local industries, this museum had plenty to be of interest. There were a good portion of exhibits that were hands on and geared towards kids. There was also a scavenger hunt activity (with a...More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review of our museum. We know it is important for children as well as adults to have a pleasant visit so we incorporate 'hands-on' items into our exhibits and have special things like our gallery hunt to keep them engaged....More

Reviewed 6 November 2013

This small museum is free and is very interesting. Has the world's oldest and the world's largest Smithfield ham and interesting facts about Smithfield.

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2013

Thank you for your recent visit to the Isle of Wight County Museum. We hope you enjoyed it and learned a little bit of history in the process!

Reviewed 7 October 2013

The museum is located in the historic downtown district of Smithfield, VA. The building is an old bank with a small gift shop. Its a self guided tour covering old style methods of local farming, and great Civil War artifacts that were recovered from Fort...More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2013

Thank you for a wonderful review! We try to cover most of the history pertaining to the county with emphasis on certain parts of that history. We are in the process of creating new exhibits to further tell our story. Look for our Civil War...More

Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Isle of Wight County Museum was founded (in a former 1913 bank) to preserve and promote the county's history : peanuts, ham, and cotton. There is something for everyone - prehistoric fossils, a newly developed Cold War exhibit in what was the former bank...More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review! With almost 400 years of documented (and millions more undocumented!) history, we try to tell stories that are somewhat unique to our county history. The museum is lucky to be housed in a beautiful old bank building topped by...More

Reviewed 21 July 2013

A good way to spend an hour. Nicely laid out displays and artifacts, including a peanut from 1890 and a ham from 1903. Interesting short film on the history of the region. Plus it's free!

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013

Thank you for visiting the museum. We are so glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 25 April 2013

The museum was interesting, we looked at a film telling about its history, an old general store and has the oldest ham. This is in the building that was erected in 1913 as a bank.

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are so glad you had a nice visit!

Reviewed 15 April 2013

The Isle of Wight County Museum is a hidden gem in the Tidewater area. The museum alone is reason enough to visit Smithfield along with other attractions and restaurants within walking distance,. Adults and children alike will equally enjoy this museum as there are a...More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2013

Thank you for the wonderful review of our museum. We try to balance our exhibits to appeal to both adults and children. We are currently in the process of revamping our exhibits, so when you get a chance to come back, you will have more...More

Reviewed 8 April 2013

Been there several times. The old store display is neat. Bought some local books from the gift shop. Go on Saturday and you can go to the Farmer's Market next door too.

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review. We keep a variety of local history and genealogy books in stock in our gift shop. Beautiful downtown Smithfield is definitely the place to be on Saturday mornings. Thank you for your continued suppot!

Reviewed 31 January 2013

We visited because my husband was researching ancestors. Denise could not have been more helpful, going out of her way to help him find as much information as possible. She even encouraged us to call with any other questions we may have. The museum itself...More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2013

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to historic Smithfield and the IOW County Museum. We tend to get new genealogy items in once in a while so feel free to contact us to see what's new!

Reviewed 31 December 2012 via mobile

We spent nearly an hour here yesterday (Sunday afternoon) and had a fun time learning about this part of Virginia on our first visit. The curator was very friendly and spent her time paying attention to all visitors. The is a 15 minute movie about...More

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IOWHistResources, Administrator at Isle of Wight County Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2013

Thank you for the wonderful comments about our museum! Our mission is to educate people about our county and local history, and I hope we achieve that goal through our exhibits and programs. Between the museum and our other historic sites, there certainly is a...More

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