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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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When the town motto is "Ham, History, Hospitality" you expect an interesting experience. The... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Lindsay C
Terrific local museum.

Nicely appointed museum sharing history of the establishment of county, agriculture, local life... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
2_4SXM
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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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103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

When the town motto is "Ham, History, Hospitality" you expect an interesting experience. The museum certainly delivered, featuring local history spanning the first Native American residents through today. Of course, the trip is not complete without viewing the world's oldest cured Smithfield ham and the...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2017

Nicely appointed museum sharing history of the establishment of county, agriculture, local life, and how Smthfield ham company began. Very informative, lots of displays, timelines, period clothing, artifacts, and great tactile displays for children or adults. A definite hands-on learning museum. No one should miss...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum of the finds from earlier periods in the town of Smithfield as well as the wonderful sights of nature that can be found. I particularly loved the 115 year old ham with the collar that Mr. Smithfield had saved.

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

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

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Reviewed May 15, 2017 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.

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Reviewed April 26, 2017

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...More

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Reviewed December 20, 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...More

Thank TouristMD
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Reviewed November 17, 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...More

Thank Bob52014
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Reviewed November 15, 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...More

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Reviewed November 14, 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...More

Thank Lisa C
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