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Isle of Wight County Museum

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Address: 103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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+1 757-356-1223
12:00 - 16:00
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Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special...

Museum chronicles the history of the Isle of Wight County with a special emphasis on water, ham and agricultural industries. The exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a turn-of-the-century country store, displays interpreting the Smithfield ham industry and perhaps the museum’s most notable artifact: the world’s oldest, edible cured ham.

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My grandchildren love it

A unique museum full of historic Isle of Wight artifacts. The mock country store is a favorite of young children.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Smithfield, Virginia
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Smithfield, Virginia
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A unique museum full of historic Isle of Wight artifacts. The mock country store is a favorite of young children.

Thank Marine47
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

History on display in an entertaining and interactive atmosphere. Not easily handicap accessible and some areas a wheelchair cannot go but it can be a quick stop and worth the time.

Thank Fay G
Glen Allen, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a lot of time here absorbing the history and culture of Smithfield and the whole of isle of Wight Counnty. The re-creation of the general store brought back so many memories, the movie was interesting and the lady on the front desk was friendly and helpful. The largest ham and the oldest peanut were unexpected bonuses.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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126 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Isle of Wight County Museum is a small place with interesting exhibits on local history. There is an small room that is set up to look like an old general store and displays on the agricultural history of the county. For a small museum the exhibits are really nicely done. It only costs $2, so it worth checking out if... More 

Thank TouristMD
Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

I knew nothing about the area and by the time we left we got to see the World's oldest peanut and smoked ham. What more could you ask for. Very informative museum. Displays were very well done. Short 11 minute film on the area. Off street parking available. $2.00 per adult to get in is very well worth it. After... More 

Thank Bob52014
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Interactive museum for the whole family. We have gone several times over the years. It's a free museum and when family comes to visit and such we take them to see "the ham". They shut down briefly for repairs and we couldn't wait to go back. Great adventure for a little day trip in downtown.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

If you have a connection with Isle of Wight county, the museum is full of interesting facts! Really neat little place! The oldest ham!! See it in person! I love the little mini-movie theater that tells the history. And the hands-on sand exhibit for the kids is really fun! You'll love the old-time country store with the pre-recorded voices that... More 

Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Fascinating museum! We were on a family history hunt and found some excellent references among the history of the area. Nice little shop too! The pigs everywhere are adorable.

Thank Kristyn R
Smithfield, Virginia
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is interesting for its Civil War, Native American and Colonial history. It was great fun to look through the vintage Sears & Roebuck catalogue in the general store display. It's worth dropping in...

Thank LSNS2652
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Good insights into this area's history. A museum that doesn't take all day to see the exhibits. Only "down side" was seeing some articles from our youth (e.g. rollerskates, electric coffee pot) on display in a museum! Current events have become ancient history! But a fun visit for an hour or so.

Thank Paul_from_VA

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