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A Father’s Legacy

Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum is proud to host Phillip Brashear, son of Navy Diver Carl Brasher, on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 1:30 PM for a presentation on the life, experiences, and achievements of his father in concert with the display “Man of Honor: The Navy’s Most Famous Diver.” A 1980 graduate of Portsmouth’s […]


Man of Honor: The Navy’s Most Famous Diver

Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

This three-month temporary exhibit looks at the career of Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear, the first African American to graduate from the United States Navy’s Diving and Salvage School.


Portraits of Service

Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

This two-month temporary display showcases some of the many local African Americans who joined the Armed Forces during the mid-twentieth century. The photographs and captions come from the archives of the Portsmouth Star’s “Colored Notes” section, an African-American focused component of the local newspaper introduced by Jeffrey T. Wilson in 1924.


Annual Memorial Day Parade

High Street Corridor 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

What is known to be one of the longest running Memorial Day parades in the country, the City of Portsmouth’s 139th Annual Memorial Day Parade, will be held Monday, May 29 from 10am-12pm. Since 1884, Portsmouth has recognized and honored the sacrifices of the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Enjoy […]

Blue Star Museums

Free Museum Admission for Blue Star Families (Active-Duty Military). Select Portsmouth Museums* – including the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, The Lightship Portsmouth Museum and the Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum – are again participating in the Blue Star Museums program. Each summer, this annual collaboration between the National Endowment […]



Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 400 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum are once again participating in Blue Star Museums, an annual collaboration between the National Endowment for The Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and Museums Across America. Each Summer the program offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and […]

Maker Fest Portsmouth

Portsmouth Museums Olde Towne Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA

Get the most recent updates at MakerfestPortsmouth.com Are you a maker at heart? From artisanal skills like painting, weaving, and glass blowing to high-tech endeavors like coding and 3D printing, Maker Fest Portsmouth is fun for all ages and skill levels! Come explore “maker culture” with interactive displays, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learn from accomplished […]