Street Address
521 Middle Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Mailing Address
521 Middle Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Staff
Martha Frances Fortson, Executive Director

Description

The Portsmouth Museums Foundation is comprised of a 24-person regional board representing Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach and has a full time Executive Director and a part time assistant. Our mission is to generate private sector financial support for all four of the Portsmouth museums which include the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Children’s Museum of Virginia, Courthouse Galleries and the Lightship Portsmouth.

History

The Portsmouth Museums Foundation was the vision of the late Senator William B. Spong, Jr. He and his wife, Virginia, and some of their friends comprised the first board of directors. The Foundation was incorporated by the State Corporation commission in November of 1992. The completion of the second floor of the Leggett Building came on the heels of the opening of the first floor – due to a gift from Junie and Millie Lancaster of Coleman Nursery of their wonderful antique toy and train collection.