Norfolk Historic Houses & Museums

Historic Homes

Admission to the historic homes below is included with purchase of a Norfolk Garden Tour ticket.

240 West Freemason St
Norfolk 23510
This Richardsonian Romanesque style house was built for James Wilson Hunter, a prominent Norfolk banker and merchant.  He and his wife, Lizzie, raised three children who never married and lived their whole lives in the house.  When the youngest, Eloise, died in 1965 the Hunter Foundation was created and in 1988 the house was opened as a museum with the family’s late Victorian era furnishings and decorative items. Open until 3:30PM on tour day.  Free admission with tour ticket.

331 Bank St
Norfolk 23510
This Federal Style house was built for a prominent Jewish-American family.  Moses and Eliza Myers were leading citizens of Norfolk and involved in the city politically and socially. The house contains nearly 70 percent of its first generation furnishings, including Gilbert Stuart portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Myers. The Garden Club of Virginia renovated the gardens in 2002 to reflect historically accurate late-18th century garden design. Free admission.

601 E Freemason St
Norfolk 23510
The two-story brick townhouse of Georgian and Federal architecture was built by Captain William Willoughby, a descendent of one of Norfolk’s founding families. After falling into disrepair, it was saved from demolition and opened as a museum in 1970.  Traveling exhibits are on the first floor, the Norfolk History Museum is on the second, and the lush garden is filled with native plants, garden sculpture, and inviting benches. Free admission.

Other Places of Interest

1 Memorial Place
Norfolk 23510
Walter Chrysler, Jr., who began collecting art as a young man, moved his massive collection to Norfolk in 1971.  Today the museum is home to 62 galleries that highlight many of the world’s greatest artists.  The exhibit, Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art, will be on display during Garden Week. Open 10AM-5PM daily.  Free admission and parking.

macarthur-museumMACARTHUR MUSEUM
198 Bank Street
Norfolk 23510
General Douglas MacArthur’s bigger than life-sized statue welcomes visitors to his final resting place.  This museum and research center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of his life and paying tribute to the millions of men and women who served with General MacArthur in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.  The museum garden, canopied with shade trees, is a reflective and peaceful spot to end your tour.  Open 10AM-5PM daily.  Free Admission.