Children's Museum of Virginia

Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth, VA

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Children's Museum of Virginia!

To protect staff and visitors, the Portsmouth Museums recommend masks for everyone ages 2 and above. 

All guests must reserve timed tickets for each member of their party, including infants. Tickets are one hour entry windows. Once inside, you may stay as long as you like until the museum closes. The museum opens at 9:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm. Re-entry is not allowed.

Members reserve tickets under Portsmouth Museum Member using their Subscription ID. Reserve up to the number of tickets allowed under your membership. Present your membership card and valid photo ID upon entry.

To redeem complimentary tickets or gift certificates, contact Ian Francis at

Please have your tickets and all necessary identification ready to present to our staff upon entry to the museum.

Please take note of the following requirements for discounted tickets:

Bank of America's "Museums on Us" weekend is the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. Free admission is for cardholders only. Each cardholder must present valid Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (US Trust) credit or debit card and valid picture identification on-site to receive the discount. 

Museums for All guests must present a signed EBT card and valid picture identification to receive the discount. There is a limit of 4 discounted admissions per EBT card holder. Note that P-EBT cards do not qualify for the discount. The EBT cardholder must be present to qualify for the discount.

Library Pass Program: Chesapeake Public Library, Norfolk Public Library, and Portsmouth Public Library cardholders can reserve a pass from their local library that allows up to 4 free admissions. You must reserve the pass from your library. Entrants must show their library card and photo ID at the front desk. 

Portsmouth city employees must present their employee identification card on-site to receive the discount.

Teacher discounts applies only to Pre-K through 12th grade Virginia teachers. Teachers must present their teacher badge on-site to receive the discount.

Our museum participates in the ACM, ASTC, and NARM reciprocal programs. Please review reciprocal policy guidelines before visiting the museum. Restrictions may apply. Visitors must present a valid membership card and photo ID to front desk staff.

SHRMF members must present museum identification and valid photo ID on-site to receive the discount.

Guests who use these discounts, but do not present the criteria stated for the discount will be charged the difference once they are on-site. 

The Children’s Museum of Virginia is designed for young children and their families, but we know that big kids also like to play. Out of courtesy to our visiting families and to maintain a high standard of safety, all unaccompanied adults are asked to leave a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID at the admission desk while exploring the museum.

Children must be supervised at all times. You must be 18 years or older to accompany a child into the museum. Adults are responsible for their children’s behavior.

Food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum.