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    NauticusNauticus Norfolk, Virginia
    Nauticus is an interactive technology and science center that looks at the economic, nautical and naval power of the sea and home to the famous Battleship Wisconsin, featuring exhibits that pertain to the ship, with hands-on displays, sharks, national caliber traveling displays, the Hampton Roads museum and HD films shown on a huge screen. Exhibits include; the battleship, Nauticus webcam, the schooner Virginia, online exhibits, permanent exhibits and digital Hi-definition films. Permanent exhibits include; 1907: The Jamestown Exposition and launching of the Steel navy, An Enduring Legacy: The US Navy and the 1907 Jamestown Exposition, Secrets of the Deep, Horseshoe Crab Cove, SOS Station, The modern navy and Design Chamber: Battleship X. The current changing exhibit is called, Gun, Sweat and Gears: Anatomy of a Battleship that offers visitors a chance to relive the past with views of the huge guns, personal mementos and tools from the battleship that includes a 2400 pound military analog computer, WWII racks, shell sheds and cradles to move the ship's 16 inch ammunition, a 12 foot long optical range finder, galley equipment, many never-before-seen archival images and a 48 star US flag. The museum has a fantastic online exhibit that is about the awesome McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk or blue angel, that were light-weight, high-speed bombers that were built to take off from the decks of aircraft carriers.

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    Hermitage Museum and GardensHermitage Museum and Gardens Norfolk, Virginia
    The Hermitage museum and gardens contain an early 20th century historic house museum that in itself houses a magnificent world wide art collection and contemporary galleries, sitting on 12 gorgeous acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands; a Studio artists program, educational wetlands and a Visual Arts school. The site is just minutes from the world's busiest coal pier, the nation's biggest US naval base and a significant East Coast container port and bordered on three sides by the Lafayette River that is a tributary of the tidal estuary that flows through Hampton Roads. This lovely house was constructed for William and Florence Sloane, rich New Yorkers that had come to the roads in 1908, to run textile mills, as a five room summer retreat, but would eventually become their main residence, named the Hermitage. Florence used her skills to reorient and expand the arts and crafts style house to the current 42 room house by 1936. The Sloanes had broad artistic tastes and had been educated collectors. They would become instrumental in the creation of the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, that has grown into the Chrysler Museum in the city. Florence had kept friendships and wrote to prominent artists, whose works are included in their collections. They began the Hermitage Foundation in 1937 as a museum to promote and encourage the development of arts and crafts, as well as promoting the arts in the community. They would eventually contribute the house and contents, all the outbuildings on the property and the Hermitage grounds to the foundation, with the house museum opening to the public in 1942, after a short closing when her husband passed on in 1940. Florence would stay in the house until her passing in 1953, but her youngest son, E. K., would continue to stay in the house and lead the foundation until the early 1970s.

April 28, 2011