About Us

The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and the Union Kempsville Museum. They are part of the City’s Department of Aquarium and History Museums, which also operates the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Department of Aquarium and History Museums provides educational services to citizens and visitors; works to conserve the natural environment and preserve our historic treasures; and engages the community in these processes.

Staff Members

Anne Miller
Anne E. Miller
History Museums Coordinator
(757) 385-5103

Kimberly Schmidtmann
Kimberly Schmidtmann
Museum Educator
(757) 385-5106

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Sarah Linden-Brooks
Museum Educator
(757) 385-5118

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Rebecca Miller
Office Assistant
(757) 385-5101



Volunteer with Kids

Volunteers are essential to the City of Virginia Beach History Museums. They fill a variety of roles, from leading museum tours to tending the gardens, teaching school groups, researching the collection and participating in special events.

If you have a skill to offer, or simply are interested in the many volunteer opportunities available, please call Kim Schmidtmann at (757) 385-5100. Your help is always welcome!

Historic Houses Foundation


The Historic Houses Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the History Museums in the City of Virginia Beach.  The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the city owned historic houses and sites by providing funding for historic artifacts and education programs and promoting public awareness of Virginia Beach history. The Foundation Board of trustees are community leaders who volunteer their time and efforts to advance the mission of the history museums in the City of Virginia Beach.  With their leadership and your tax-deductible gift, the Virginia Beach Historic Houses  Foundation can continue to promote and preserve our community for generations to come.  Make your gift today by check to:

Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation
717 General Booth Blvd. Suite 2
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

View the Foundation’s Strategic Plan