Virginia Beach History Museums

The historic Thoroughgood House is open for FREE public tours! Advanced registration not required.

(August 10, 2021 UPDATE)

We are excited to announce that the historic Thoroughgood House (1636 Parish Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455) is NOW OPEN for FREE tours!

Current Thoroughgood House Tour Schedule:

Thursdays: 10am-4pm; 5:30pm-8pm

Fridays: 10am-4pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Sundays: 1pm-5pm

Thursday, Friday and Saturday tours from 10am-4pm will run every 45 minutes. Thursday evening tours from 5:30pm-8pm will run every 30 minutes. Sunday tours will also be available 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.

Museum guests are encouraged to wear a facial covering. Please bring your own, or pick up a disposable facial covering at the front desk.

Virginia Beach History Museums staff and volunteers will be wearing facial coverings.

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. Also, the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is located within the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Renaissance Academy, which is currently only open to students and faculty. Make sure to follow our website, and Virginia Beach History Museums on social media, for the latest updates.

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Featured Events

Thoroughgood House Focus Tours: The Enslaved Perspective (FREE)
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Thoroughgood House Focus Tours: History After Dark (FREE)
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Educator Appreciation Open House (FREE)
Saturday, October 02, 2021

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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