The Virginia Beach History Museums have some fun, exciting events planned for the spring. From the monthly Free. Fun. Saturday. series to a new Film Festival in partnership with the Virginia Beach Public Libraries, there are great ways to learn about the history in your own backyard.
Free. Fun. Saturday.
February 4 & March 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Francis Land House The Francis Land House will be open with guided tours, old-school games and toys, and Ye Olde Selfie Station. Admission is free.
Film Festival in Partnership with the Virginia Beach Public Libraries
All films will be shown at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, and admission is free. After each film, there will be a discussion with people who witnessed or participated in the events in the films. Screenings include:
- More Than a Month - February 12, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Should Black History Month be ended? Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman explores this question as he embarks on a cross-country campaign to explore the question and examines what history tells us about race and power in contemporary America.
- American Experience: Freedom Summer - February 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m. This film shows the summer of 1964 in a new light, as more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in one of the nation's most segregated states.
- The Road to Brown - February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m. This moving and long overdue tribute to a visionary, but little known, black lawyer, Charles Hamilton Houston, will showcase the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement.
February 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Colonial Education Center at the Lynnhaven House Explore the past with the Virignia Beach History Museums as we welcome homeschool families for a fun-filled day just for you! Activities for ages five and up include hands-on educational lessons and take home craft activities. Families must register in advance for a two-hour time slot. Admission is $5 per child or $20 per family, and tickets can be purchased online here.
Girl Scout Day
February 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Colonial Education Center at the Lynnhaven House Activities for Brownies include several requirements for Making Games and Potter badges and activities for Junior Scouts include several requirements for Playing the Past badge. Advanced registration is required. Tickets are $8 per scout; leaders are free. Registration can be completed online here.
Women and Libery
March 25, 2 to 6 p.m. Colonial Education Center at the Lynnhaven House In celebration of Women's History Month, you are invited to try your hand at activities in which colonial ladies were expected to excel, including candle dipping and cross stitch. There may even be a special appearance by America's first First Lady, Martha Washington, and Oney Judge, an enslaved woman from Washington's Mount Vernon home. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door, and will be available online beginning on February 28.
Gathering of the Guilds and Easter Egg Hunt
April 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Francis Land House One of last year's biggest events gets even bigger! The Gathering of the Guilds will feature local artisans with special handmade pieces for sale. The Native Plant Society's Spring Plant Sale, a favorite for locals, will also be held during the morning on the front lawn. Easter egg hunts will be held every 30 minutes, and guests can hunt more than once. Purchase a $1 ticket to redeem your eggs for a prize bag after the hunt. Free admission.
Guests can call (757) 385-5100 for more information about these events.