Virginia Beach History Museums

Virginia Beach's rich heritage is represented in its variety of historic homes. Some of the oldest surviving brick houses in America are in Virginia, and two of those–the Thoroughgood House and the Lynnhaven House–are located in Virginia Beach. The Francis Land House is a larger, later example of plantation living in Princess Anne County. These houses offer visitors the opportunity to step back in time and discover stories of risk and opportunity, expanding definitions of equality, and the bonds of family and community.

Slavery and the efforts of people of African descent to overcome prejudice and adversity are part of our shared past. The best account of local African American history can be found in the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. The museum tells the story of the struggle, and ultimate success, of the African American community to build a high school for black children during the era of segregation.

Virginia Beach's history is surprisingly broad, and the Virginia Beach History Museums provide memorable experiences for those wishing to discover the true hidden treasures of the Atlantic coast.

Featured Events

Virginia Beach History Bus Tour
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Witch Bottles: Countermagical Devices in Early America
Friday, March 13, 2020
Spring Craft Night: Origami Tulips
Thursday, March 19, 2020

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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