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Reimagine Nauticus Project

The $21.5 million “Reimagine Nauticus” campaign intrinsically ties the organization together with its community through (1) STEM-focused programming, (2) relevant and compelling interactive exhibits, and (3) an exploration of real-world jobs and career opportunities. 

Phase One exhibit gallery spaces are now open! Phase Two renovations have been, explore details below.

Phase Two – Opening This Summer/Fall

Design. Build. Sail.

Presented by the Batten Family Foundation

Opening Late Summer 2024

Overlooking the Elizabeth River and our Sail Nauticus sailboat fleet, this state-of-the-art gallery blends hands-on interactives with compelling exhibits. Students and visitors learn practical STEM principles like hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, and buoyancy.

The Goode Atrium

Presented by the Goode Family Foundation

Opening Late Summer 2024

A refreshed grand visitor entrance with new lighting, open spaces, and a massive media wall sets the stage for a Reimagined Nauticus experience.

Our Port

Presented by Jerry & Laura Miller

Opening Fall 2024

Virginia’s maritime community forms a rich collaboration unlike any other industrial story a museum might choose to explore.  Our Port combines proven exhibit techniques in entirely new ways for maximum explanatory power and visitor engagement.

Heart of the Navy

Presented by The Perry Family Foundation

Opening Fall 2024

The Heart of the Navy experience advances the public understanding of the Navy as a vital, human-centered enterprise engaged in shaping the future. This gallery places an emphasis on the vital role family and community play in supporting the U.S. Navy.

Phase One – Opened in 2023!

Norfolk In Time

In Memory of Frances Martin Lindsay

Now Open!

An interdisciplinary, highly interactive exhibition weaving stories of history, culture, science, technology and industry to showcase Norfolk’s unique resiliency in the face of continual challenge and change. Environmental stewardship is addressed as Hampton Roads residents gain a better appreciation of their unique and precious natural resources. 


In Memory of Howard & Nancy Spainhour

Now Open!

Devoted to young visitors, this gallery encourages experience-based play and discovery using both fine and gross motor skills as well as interactive elements that are right-sized for little learners. Young explorers will learn more about local waterways and aquatic life.

Our Nautical Neighborhood – Aquarium

Now Open!

Explore and investigate aquatic friends found in the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay in our newly designed aquarium space.  

Join us by investing in the future of Nauticus through the Reimagine Nauticus Campaign.