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The gift shop has a variety of gifts including: maps, puzzles, jewelry, dolls and historic Portsmouth-related prints. They also have a lot of books (some of them pictured) about the history of the area which can be ordered on-line.
The gift shop is open during museum hours.
What to buy: I wanted to buy an inexpensive souvenier for my grandson, but I could not find anything. What they had was good quality but more than I wanted to spend.
Updated Aug 5, 2004
At some Sunday in late December (this year it was Sunday December 28, 2003) people gather for some kind of parade at the corner of Queen and Washington at 3:30 and walk from there to the foot of High Street ferry terminus
Apparently anyone can join, and afterwards there is free whisky tasting (21 and over with a designated driver).
This is a Hogmanay celebration.
We weren't able to do this since it we were not there on the right date but it certainly sounds interesting.
Written Jan 2, 2004
Favorite thing: We decided to come in to Tidewater Yacht (#1)instead of going to Waterside (#3 and #21) hoping that we could walk around out in town and see some sights. But it was so-o-o hot I just didn't have the energy. I think it would be better just to take the nice ferry from Waterside (#8 to #7) if I wanted to see Portsmouth.
Fondest memory: There are guided tours, and an "Olde Town Walking Tour" pamphlet which outlines a 45 stops, and there is a trolley tour.
In addition to the Lightship(#10), attractions include the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum (#11), the Children's Museum (#13), and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (#14). For information call 800-PORTS-VA.
Updated Dec 28, 2003