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Hampton History Museum

  1. Historic Black Beaches: Bay Shore and Other Memorable Sands

    September 18, 2021, 9:00 AM - February 27, 2022, 5:00 PM
    Hampton History Museum - Changing Gallery

    African-Americans in many waterfront communities, denied access to public beaches, pooled resources to create their own coastal retreats. Many became vacation destinations featuring hotels, music halls and amusement parks. All created special memories, from swimming to church services, family fun to formal dances. Two complementary exhibits explore some of these special places. "Memorable Sands: Beaches of Northeast North Carolina and Southeast Virginia,” a traveling exhibit from the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C., looks at five beaches in North Carolina and Virginia Beach. Hampton’s own Bay Shore Beach, located next to Buckroe Beach for more than 75 years, is featured in a separate exhibit highlighted by numerous photographs and artifacts from Robinson and Leonard’s collection, along with images and items from the museum’s collection.

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  2. Winter Whimsy at the Hampton Carousel

    November 23, 2021 - December 30, 2021
    Carousel Park & Hampton Carousel

    Make new holiday memories while enjoying festively adorned horses. The historic Hampton Carousel will be decked out for the season while playing special carousel Christmas music. Enjoy a free candy cane. Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Take a ride on the carousel before it closes for winter!

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  3. Winter Whimsy at the Hampton Carousel

    November 23, 2021, 11:00 AM - December 30, 2021, 8:00 PM

    Hampton Carousel in Carousel Park

    Make new holiday memories while enjoying festively adorned horses and the historic Hampton Carousel decked out for the season, along with special carousel organ-type Christmas music. Enjoy a free candy cane. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Get your carousel fix before it closes for winter!

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  4. Good and Drunk: Lost Saloons, Breweries and Brothels of Phoebus - Virtual Event

    December 6, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Hampton History Museum Facebook Live

    In place of our recently cancelled talk Pamunkey Indian Tribe: Cultural Resource Management, historian Tim Receveur returns to share stories from his latest highly anticipated book about Phoebus, a town with a colorful and checkered past, and today one of the most vibrant and creative districts of Hampton. "Good and Drunk" is available in the gift shop for $20. Museum members enjoy a 10% discount. Check out Tim's other books, as well as a variety of other works of local history and historical fiction for the bookworms on your holiday gift list! Join today at

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