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    Naval Museum and area organizations nerd out during annual Educator Night

    Educator Night

    Photo By Max Lonzanida | Area educators and visitors are pictured here during the annual Educator Night at the...... read more read more



    Story by Max Lonzanida  

    Hampton Roads Naval Museum

    The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is situated on the banks of The Hague River. Outside, visitors can explore sculptures and manicured landscapes. The museum boasts the only glass studio of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and on a winters evening earlier this week, its large open lobby area hosted multitudes of area organizations for an opportunity for area teachers to nerd out.

    The annual educator night brought together the area’s finest museums, historic houses, and educational non-profit organizations to celebrate local teachers and administrators. But more importantly, the event served as way to showcase resources and educational programs available at these organizations, along with guided tours of the museum, themed snacks, and of course the ability for area educators to “nerd out” amongst peers. The event was hosted by the Chrysler Museum of Art in partnership with the South Hampton Roads Museum Forum.

    On hand during the event were staff members from the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM). The Naval Museum was the only federal entity present amongst a multitude of participating organization. HRNM’s Volunteer Coordinator, Darcy Sink and museum volunteer Vickie Dean had their hands full as scores of area teachers stopped by.

    Vickie, a retired Virginia Beach Public School teacher, shared firsthand experiences about the Naval Museum’s robust educational programs in the classroom. Visitors also had the opportunity to see some of the museum’s resources available to area educators, including their travelling Civil War and Cold War sea chests, among other resources available without cost through the Naval Museum.

    Participating organizations included the Virginia Zoo, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach History Museum, Hunter House Victorian Museum, Virginia Aquarium, and Military Aviation Museum. Staff members from First Landing State Park and the Virginia Department of Conservation of Conservation and Recreation were on hand as well distributing materials related to their wildlife dependent recreation programs. Additional exhibitors included Nauticus, Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Visit Norfolk, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, and the Norfolk Public Library.

    Lastly, the Chrysler Museum of Art had their staff on hand to facilitate guided tours of their galleries and to announce winners of door prizes and raffles for what turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for area educators to “nerd out”.

    About the South Hampton Roads Museum Forum (SHRMF):

    The South Hampton Roads Museum Forum (SHRMF) is a membership organization for museums, museum professionals, and supporting institutions which operate or maintain facilities in South Hampton Roads, Virginia. Its purpose is to foster communication among area cultural institutions, to provide support and access to professional training opportunities, and to increase public awareness and support of area museums. More information can be found here

    About the Chrysler Museum of Art:

    The Chrysler Museum has fifty galleries, a growing collection of more than 30,000 objects, an interactive space for families, and the only glass studio of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. Its located on the banks of The Hague River in Norfolk, and admission to the museum is free. More information about the museum can be found at

    About the Hampton Roads Naval Museum:

    The Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM) is one of ten Navy museums that are operated by the Naval History & Heritage Command. It celebrates the long history of the U.S. Navy in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and is co-located with Nauticus in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Admission to the museum is free, simply by-pass the ticket line and take the stairs or elevator to the museum on the second deck. The museum hosts a robust educational program for area schools and commands, with free educational programs to area schools aligned with state curriculum standards, a travelling sea chest program, a premier Lego outreach program, and historical presentations for area commands. To inquire, contact their Educational Director, Laura Orr at or at (757) 322-3018. The museum is also host to a robust volunteer corps, who serve as docents, support special events, and assist in museum archives. To inquire, contact their Volunteer Coordinator, Darcy Sink at or at (757) 322-2992. Lastly the museum proudly hosts military ceremonies, such as re-enlistments, retirements, and promotions for area commands aboard the U.S.S Wisconsin and in the museum’s gallery. To inquire, contact their special events coordinator, Tom Dandes at or call (757) 322-3106. More information about the museum can be found at or by visiting



    Date Taken: 01.10.2020
    Date Posted: 01.10.2020 11:21
    Story ID: 358718
    Location: NORFOLK, VA, US 

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