Special Programs & Events


Because events are subject to change, please call ahead to confirm. For additional information, call (757) 664-1000. Events are included in Nauticus admission unless otherwise noted.


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Stewards of the Sea. In partnership with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus, U.S. Fleet Forces Command has created Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment. This 1,000-square-foot, highly-interactive exhibit explores how the Navy protects marine life while fulfilling its mission.


The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea. Daily at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, and visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see.

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti. Daily at 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater, The Ultimate Wave explores wave science, along with a quest to find the perfect wave-riding experience.

Friday, November 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Family Fun Friday. Wrap up the week with some fun, educator-led activities honoring Veterans Day. Please bring a canned food item for our drive. Activities will include patriotic crafts, “dress like a sailor,” painted tattoos, “Ask a Veteran” and more! $15 per family (up to 2 adults and 4 children); Nauticus members $5 per family. Reservations required. Please call (757) 664-1025 or email abby.dotson@norfolk.gov.

Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 14, Fridays & Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sundays Noon – 6 p.m.; December 17 – 28, Weekdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sundays Noon – 6 p.m.; Open Christmas Eve 10 a.m. – 2 p.m; Closed Christmas Day.
Dickens’ Christmas Towne. Begin a new tradition this November with Dickens’ Christmas Towne! This family-focused, walk-through holiday experience takes you through a magical world of Christmas characters, Victorian carolers, sweet treats, shops, games and crafts. Along the way, you can enjoy photos with Father Christmas, outdoor train rides, lively musical performances, an indoor Christmas train display, strolling carolers and much more! Presented in partnership with Virginia Stage Company, Dickens’ Christmas Towne will be in the lower level of the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center. $5 for adults, $4 for children (4-12), ages 3 and under are free. Enjoy free 2-hour metered parking on Saturdays, all day on Sundays and after 6 p.m. daily throughout downtown Norfolk.