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ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY MUSEUM                    757-356-1223
Fax:  757-365-9112
103 Main Street, Smithfield, VA  23430-1322
Located at the corner of Main and Church Streets.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  History museum housed in the former Bank of Smithfield, built in 1913. Interpreting local history, the museum's exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum's most notable artifact - the world's oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process.

glass dome in the museum

Glass Dome at Isle of Wight County Museum

PARKING:  Located adjacent to museum.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Paved parking lot belonging to bank has some incline.  Level sidewalk to accessible entrance.

ENTRANCE:  Glass entry doors open out with clearly marked brass handle.  Handrails.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Doors open in.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.  Rest rooms are identified by a raised figure with pants or skirt on door to designate men or women.  Unisex and/or companion assisted rest room available at the public rest room.

For guests with mobility disabilities, there are ramps where needed.  Downloadable tour.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are documents in large print on non-glossy surface. Downloadable walking tour.

Audio file to download to your computer. Transfer it to your mp3 player, print a map of the stops and begin the walk at the Isle of Wight County Museum. Stop by the museum to borrow one of our iPods for your tour. 

The tour is approximately one mile in length.

Link to audio tour files.

GIFT SHOP:  Clerks assist customers with special needs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Admission fee.  Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and staff in-service day.


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