Children's Museum of Virginia

On an exploration of the Children's Museum of Virginia campers will stroll along the mini city streetscape with a grocery store, fire truck, pet park, and city bus; go bonkers for bubbles; move cargo crates; board the tugboat; track the model trains all over the state and more. Programs provide opportunities to experiment, explore, and learn through the wonderful world of hands-on learning! Topics include energy and forces, magnets, life cycles, simple machines, and many more.
 
Contact Info
Address: 221 High Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704. Portsmouth City. Tel: 757-393-5258. Website: childrensmuseumvirginia.com. Hrs: Tues. - Sat. 9AM - 5PM, Sun. 11AM - 5PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-5th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recommended Length of Visit: 90 min. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.