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Isle of Wight County Museum

103 Main St, Smithfield, VA 23430-1322
+1 757-356-1223
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Terrific local museum.

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

Reviewed 4 days ago
Land O Lakes, Florida
Ham cam

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum of the finds from earlier periods in the town of Smithfield as... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Fairfax, Virginia
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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
+1 757-356-1223
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank 2_4SXM
Reviewed 22 June 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.

Thank Reneec496
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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

Thank Marine47
Reviewed 15 May 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.

Thank Fay G
Reviewed 27 April 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

1  Thank Yogaphile
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...More

Thank TouristMD
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...More

Thank Bob52014
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Smithfield, Virginia
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...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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...More

Thank Lisa C
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
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