Clarion Inn & Suites By Hampton Convention Center
1809 W Mercury Blvd
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: (757) 838-5011
Fax: (757) 838-7349
Arts & Museums
Aircraft from the country's various service branches can be found at this museum style park where visitors will learn the history of Hampton's space and aviation history by touring the outdoor air and spacecraft displays.
Housed in a Neoclassical building built in 1925 and formerly the public library for 63 years, this arts center is home of the Hampton Arts Commission and the Hampton Arts Foundation. The Center showcases the best of local and regional contemporary artists with changing exhibitions in all media, on display. Many different art classes for children and adults are also available.
Official visitor center for the NASA Langley Research Center, this world-class facility features more than 100 hands-on exhibits that tell the story of air and space exploration, a premiere interactive aviation gallery that spans 100 years of flight, more than 30 historic aircraft, unique space flight artifacts, and an IMAX theater.
Explore the history of space here at the birthplace of the American space program. Step inside the Apollo 12 Command Module or examine a Martian meteorite. Float in the Space Ball (if you close your eyes, it is almost an outer space ball). When you land, enjoy a film at the Center's IMAX Theater.
This waterfront gallery showcases the endeavors of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and includes world-renowned photography, artifacts, ship models, and film footage of Cousteau's adventures. A gift boutique is also on site.
One of the oldest museums in the country, Hampton University Museum has a vast collection of historic artifacts and fine arts. There are displays which gives you a glimpse of the University itself. This place is definitely worth visiting if you are in the city.
The Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center is the restored 1899 residence of the African-American attorney J. Thomas Newsome and his wife Mary Winfield Newsome. Mr. Newsome became a respected attorney, journalist, churchman and civic leader and prospered as part of the post Civil War south's new urban African-American middle class. His elegant Queen Anne residence served as the hub of the local black community from which he led the fight for social justice within Virginia. The house was originally the home of Dr. William R. Granger, one of Newport News' black physicians. Listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, the National Register of Historic Places and 1992 Recipient of a National Historic Preservation Award.
American military history unfolds at the Virginia War Museum. Outstanding collections of personal artifacts, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, posters and much more, trace the development of the U.S. military from 1775 through the present. See a section of the Berlin Wall and a portion of the outer wall from Dachau Concentration Camp. Galleries include Women at War and Marches Toward Freedom, exploring the roles of women and African-Americans in the military and Visions of War, the museum's outstanding propaganda poster collection.
James Apostle Fields was born a slave in Hanover County, Virginia and found refuge at Fort Monroe during the Civil War in 1862 as "Contraband of War." Mr. Fields was one of the first twenty pupils to graduate from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) in 1871. In 1881, Fields graduated from the School of Law at Howard University. In 1887, Fields served as the Commonwealth's Attorney for Warwick County (now Newport News). In 1889, Fields served in the Virginia General Assembly. In 1908, a team of four doctors pioneered the establishment of the first hospital for blacks in the city. Other than the city's jail infirmary, this institution was the only hospitalization outlet for blacks.
The Virginia Living Museum is Hampton Road's own natural history museum. Learn all about the different habitats of Virginia and the animals that live in them, from Chesapeake Bay to swamps and mountains. Kids will love the large aquariums and running around the beautiful gardens. The Touch Tank is an especially popular exhibit where kids can get hands on with different tidepool creatures. The museum also has a planetarium that can be visited for an additional price.
This active military installation was famed during the Civil War as the "Freedom Fort" by African Americans escaping from slavery. General Benjamin Butler, refusing to return runaway slaves, kept them as "Contrabands" of war, assuring their freedom. Fort Monroe's role in the Civil War is depicted at this museum which contains Confederate President Jefferson Davis' prison cell.
The Casemate Museum is located at Fort Monroe. Set up in 1834, the museum showcases the history of the fort and the masonry factory. The museum is famous for holding captive Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Guided tours are offered as well. Call ahead to know more.