Reimagine Nauticus News & Updates
Stay updated on exhibit closures/openings, construction timelines and project updates.
From time to time, exhibit areas and/or floors of the museum will be closed to allow for visitor safety during our construction phases. Two new spaces have opened, Norfolk In Time & Aquaticus, with renovations starting on three new galleries in addition to a new lobby space in Fall of 2024. Explore details below:
January 9, 2024
Nauticus has reopened with access only to the Battleship Wisconsin through February 29, 2024. General admission tickets are only $12 per person during this time. On March 1, 2024, select exhibits inside Nauticus will reopen and pricing will return to $17.95 for adults and $14.00 for children 3 – 12 years old.
January 2 – 8, 2024
Please note, Nauticus will be closed to the public January 2 – 8, 2024 to allow for construction prep of the lobby and additional spaces throughout the museum. Nauticus will reopen with access to the Battleship only January 9 – February 29, 2024. Select exhibits within Nauticus will reopen on March 1, 2024. Thank you for your patience and support during this construction phase.
August – December 2023
Construction on three new gallery spaces, Design. Build. Sail, Our Port, and the Heart of the Navy has begun.
Please note, only a portion of our exhibit galleries to include Norfolk In Time, Aquaticus, Stewards of the Sea and Our Neighborhood Aquarium will be open to visitors through Fall/Winter 2024.
Learn more about each new exhibit gallery opening in 2024 here.
Aquaticus – Now Open!
Nauticus will open its first-ever themed environment for early learners on Father’s Day weekend on June 17. The 2,800-square-foot gallery space, entitled Aquaticus, takes children on a whimsical journey under the sea. Guests will spin a ship’s wheel to activate a “submerged” disco ball as thousands of beautiful silver bubbles rise towards the surface. Young visitors will explore a fanciful ship floating high above their heads and walk through a seagrass forest after discovering an underwater cave.
Nauticus Neighborhood Aquarium – Now Open!
In addition, Nauticus’ adjoining aquarium will feature all new fish, new tanks, and educational content. Entitled Our Nautical Neighbors, the newly-designed aquarium showcases local fish species found in the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay.
Nauticus Board of Directors were given a sneak peek into the installment of Aquaticus, the second exhibit to open a part of Phase 1.
Norfolk in Time – NOW OPEN!
Nearly $2 million in specially designed interactive exhibits populate the exhibit space of Norfolk In Time. Visitors will ascend high overtop Norfolk in a hot air balloon simulation, design a more resilient city with innovative architecture, and crash waves into various types of city protection systems.
On May 4, Nauticus celebrated the opening of Norfolk In Time with a ribbon cutting celebration with gallery naming donors.
Pictured L-R: Paul Fraim (Board Chairman), Nell King, Billy King, Betsy Goode, Franny Beasley, Joan Brock, John Reinhart (Board Vice-chairman).
On April 18, Sentara Healthcare representatives presented Nauticus with a $500,000 grant to support a new STEM Discovery Lab. The education-focused lab will be used for daily programming, educational demonstrations, visitor engagement opportunities, and school field trips for thousands of students each year.
Roto continues with installation of exhibits within Norfolk In Time. This gallery will feature over 10 highly interactive exhibits focused on telling the stories of history, culture, science, technology and industry to showcase Norfolk’s unique resiliency in the face of continual challenge and change.
Construction walls will remain up for the next few weeks until the gallery is complete. Members will be the first to know when the gallery will open to the public. Stay tuned for more details!
Nauticus’ Exhibit Design Firm, Roto, is onsite to begin art installation within the Phase 1 galleries, Norfolk In Time & Aquaticus.
Portions of the third floor will remain closed through Summer 2023. Nauticus members will be the first to experience these new spaces before they open to the general public. Join today to be among the first!
Construction work by W.M. Jordan, Co. continues through February 2023. Several areas of Nauticus exhibit galleries on the third floor will be closed to the public.
Nauticus hosted a campaign kick-off celebration with donors and stakeholders on January 26, 2023 to officially announce the Reimagine Nauticus Campaign.
At the event, Nauticus leadership announced that they have raised 80% of their $21.5 Million project goal.
Construction work began in with W.M. Jordan, Co. The two galleries under construction for Phase 1 include Norfolk in Time & Aquaticus.
Phase 1 is set to be completed by Summer 2023.
Led by the Nauticus Foundation Board of Directors and Nauticus staff, fundraising began for the $21.5 million Capital Campaign.
Nauticus contracted global exhibit design firm, ROTO, to help reimagine Nauticus exhibits.