Virginia Beach History Museums


The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is NOW OPEN for FREE, self-guided tours on Saturdays from 10am-4pm. There is no need to register in advance for self-guided tours, but if you would like a guided tour, please call 757-385-5100, or email vbhistory@vbgov.com, to confirm guided tour availability.

*Due to Renaissance Academy requirements, the museum's maximum capacity is 13 persons.

The Thoroughgood House is also NOW OPEN for FREE tours!

Current Thoroughgood House Tour Schedule:

Thursdays: 10am-4pm

Fridays: 10am-4pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Sundays: 1pm-5pm

Thursday, Friday and Saturday tours from 10am-4pm run every 45 minutes. Sunday tours run every 45 minutes from 1pm-5pm.

Admission remains FREE, but advanced reservations are no longer required. Tours will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Please call 757-385-5100 or email vbhistory@vbgov.com if you have questions about tours. If you are planning to bring a tour of 10+ guests, please give us 24-48 hours advance notice by calling 757-385-5100 or emailing vbhistory@vbgov.com.

The Thoroughgood House, built circa 1719, is one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach and is a National Historic Landmark.

At this time, the Francis Land House and Lynnhaven House remain closed for restoration. Make sure to follow our website, and Virginia Beach History Museums on social media, for the latest updates.

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Our Museums

Thoroughgood House

One of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach.

Lynnhaven House

One of the most well-preserved examples of early Virginia vernacular architecture.

Francis Land House

Served as the home of Francis Land VI, a wealthy plantation owner.

Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum

The first high school for African Americans in Princess Anne County.

About Us

The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are part of the City’s Cultural Affairs Department.

As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities.

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