Our mission is to generate private and public sector financial support for the Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the Lightship Portsmouth Museum and related projects in partnership with the City of Portsmouth.  The resources of the Portsmouth Museums Foundation will be directed to broaden the cultural quality of life in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The purpose of the Corporation is to serve as an advocate for the Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum by raising funds for the continued growth of those Museums and to promote their presence as an important cultural asset.

The Portsmouth Museums Foundation is comprised of a 24-person regional board representing Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. The Foundation also has a full time Executive Director and a part time assistant.