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Steamboat Era Museum

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Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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How to get to know how a community functioned in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Well laid out and easily informative experience that brought to mind the difficulties associated... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
George K
Irvington, Virginia
What a surprise!

Small museum. Very informative. Pleasant morning with a friend. Who knew there was so much history... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Jackson, Tennessee
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156 King Carter Dr, Irvington, VA 22480-2000
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

Well laid out and easily informative experience that brought to mind the difficulties associated with being in a remote water based agrarian community before roads and bridges. Social life depended on water travel. Although only 100 miles or so from Washington, D.C. today the community's...More

Thank George K
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Small museum. Very informative. Pleasant morning with a friend. Who knew there was so much history in such a small area!

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Reviewed 8 July 2018

Very professionally done museum that's about to get a steam boat control room on display that had been used as a cabin after the boat was scraped. Nice interpretive displays; one was a little patronizing towards a Black steamship skipper but overall it was a...More

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

This museum chronicles the steamboat era , such an important time in our nation’s history. Steamboats allowed for easy and inexpensive travel and shipment of goods until the advent of railroads, automobiles and bridges. The displays and models are all beautifully done.

Thank LSNS2652
Reviewed 4 May 2018

There is so much history at this museum. We didn't know what to expect but really enjoyed our visit. A visit here really gives you a feel of how the area was during the era of the steamboat. I highly encourage you to try this...More

Thank Tod N
Reviewed 27 November 2017

The people working at the museum truly were interested in this era. It made the tour (by a docent) so informative. I never knew how important steamboats were to the life and economy of an entire region. The displays are well done, my favorite is...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017

I was truly impressed by the quality of the displays, dioramas and depth of information that was provided. The docent was friendly and extremely well prepared for questions from our small group. And the quality of the workmanship by William Wright on the models and...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

Interesting and very well maintained small museum. Great scavenger hunt for kids. Visit took under an hour.

Thank cfp4
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is a small but amazing museum that chronicles the history and romance of the Steamboats that plied the Chesapeake Bay for almost 150 years. The museum focuses not just on the boats, but on the huge social and economic impact these boats had on...More

Thank Jim W
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The steamboat era museum is a small, but excellent museum on the Northern neck will well lead tours followed by time to wander through the exhibits on your own it adds several layers of learning about some of the 600 steamboats that plied the Chesapeake...More

Thank Ed C
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