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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Hampton History Museum, Air Power Park to reopen

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Hampton History Museum)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Hampton History Museum)

The Hampton History Museum and Air Power Park will reopen to the public with reduced hours on Monday.

It’s all part of the city of Hampton’s overall reopening strategy, according to a news release from the city.

The museum’s other management property, the Hampton Carousel, remains closed until further notice.

As the museum has been closed since late March, and its popular lecture and music series is on hold, the museum staff has taken its programing into the virtual sphere on Facebook and YouTube.

The “Clips with the Curator” series of videos shot at points of interest in the museum galleries, and of recently restored aircraft and space vehicles at Air Power Park, along with more in-depth distance learning videos with the museum educator, the museum has reached nearly 80,000 viewers.

Plans are underway to continue and expand both virtual projects, as well as bring both the museum’s monthly Port Hampton Lecture series and Front Porch Music series online beginning in July.

“We are excited about welcoming the public back to the museum,” said Executive Director Luci Cochran, “Our aim is to build a better future by exploring and preserving our past.  Whether online or in-person, the history we share and the conversations begun at the museum reverberate throughout the community and help us tackle the challenges of today. Indeed history, or our collective memory, is how we become a community as we share stories, ideas, and beliefs and come together in the process.”

New protocols will be in place to lessen the risk of virus transmission in the facility. These protocols are modeling best practices and incorporating public health advice offered by the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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