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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20th Birthday Highlight

In recognition of its 20th birthday, Nauticus will highlight a special fact, event or activity from its 20-year history each month throughout 2014.

Did you know that in 2004 Nauticus had a roller-coaster inside its walls as part of a traveling exhibit? Theme Park: The Art and Science of Universal Studios Islands of Adventure revealed the secrets of math, science, art and technology that come together to bring theme park magic to life.


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.


Special Promotion. 20% off one item in the Banana Pier Gift shop. Offered as part of Nauticus' monthly 20th Birthday year specials. No other discounts apply.

Friday, April 11, 8 p.m.

“Songwriting with Soldiers” Concert with Darden Smith. Presented in partnership with Tidewater Arts Outreach, this concert will take place in the Nauticus theater. Free to all active-duty military and veterans with valid ID. $10 donation for non-military. Call (757) 965-5155 for reservations and more information.

Saturday, April 12. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

FunQuest Scavenger Hunt. Nauticus will be a stop on Loving Life’s first-ever team scavenger event. It’s fun, friends and a race through downtown Norfolk! $30 per team - a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dwelling Place. Pre registration is required. Visit http://www.lovinglife.co/events/action-and-adventure/funquest-norfolk-a-loving-life-experience.html for more information.

Monday, April 14 – Friday, April 18, 1 – 2 p.m.

Mascot Visit. Splash! the Sea Dog will be spending some of his spring break at Nauticus. Come on down to meet him. 

Saturday, April 19, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt – With Real Animals! Join Peter Cottontail, along with some live animal guests, on the third floor of Nauticus for an hour of "eggciting" Easter fun. Don't forget your Easter baskets! The cost is $10 per family (up to 6 people) and Nauticus members get in free! Reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation please contact Erin Walker at erin.walker@norfolk.gov or (757) 664-1005. 

Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Old Dominion University Poolhouse

ROV Competition. Underwater robots built by local high school and middle school teams will be put to the test at the Old Dominion University swimming pool as part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Building Competition. Each year this event is organized by Nauticus in partnership with MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education). This year's competition focus is "Exploring the Great Lakes: Shipwrecks, Sinkholes, and Conservation in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary." The public is welcome to come watch. For more information call (757) 619-0519 or visit http://midatlantic.marinetech2.org/.

Sunday, April 27, Noon-1 p.m.

Hampton Roads Metro Band Concert. This local favorite will perform on the Battleship Wisconsin in recognition of the ship’s 71st anniversary.