As communities begin to feel the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to ensure you that the health and safety of our guests and staff are the top priorities for the Virginia Beach History Museums. In preparation, the Virginia Beach History Museums will make the following changes:
- The Francis Land House is closed until further notice.
- The Thoroughgood House will operate under normal conditions through Saturday, March 14, then close until further notice.
- The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum is closed when Virginia Beach City Public Schools are closed.
- The Lynnhaven House is currently under restoration, and remains closed.
The free lecture “Witch Bottles: Countermagical Devices in Early America” will go on as scheduled at the Lynnhaven House Colonial Education Center tonight, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. As a precaution, Virginia Beach History Museums will provide hand sanitizing stations for guests in attendance.
The City of Virginia Beach continues to monitor conditions related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is following the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Governor Northam’s Declaration of Emergency. Staff is working with event holders, especially for those scheduled during the next 30 days. The decision to cancel, postpone or modify an event such as a sports tournament, concert, festival, graduation ceremony or business conference is complex, and there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
The City has well-established processes to prepare for and respond to a wide range of emergency situations and is evaluating the current needs and anticipating future issues to mitigate the spread of the virus. We encourage everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus as well as other illnesses: wash your hands for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer; avoid shaking hands; keep from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; stay home if you are sick; and avoid crowds where and when you can.
It is important to stress that just because something hasn't been modified, cancelled or postponed yet doesn't mean it won't be. This is an evolving situation; the health and safety of our residents and visitors is paramount. Updates will be shared as new information is available. We will communicate any updates via this website, the Virginia Beach History Museums Facebook Page and the City of Virginia Beach Emergency information page.