Hunter House Victorian Museum

  • 240 W. Freemason St.
  • Norfolk, VA 23510
  • (757) 623-9814

For those who might love to be immersed in history, walk down the brick streets on the waterfront to the historic Freemason district. The cobble-stone streets and grand old homes offer a view into a by-gone era. Be sure to visit the historic Hunter House Victorian Museum while you’re there. Located on Freemason Street, you’ll find that one simple step in the door will transport you to a more gracious time. Built in 1894, it was the family home for Mr. James Wilson Hunter and his wife Lizzie Ayer Barnes Hunter and their three children James Wilson, Jr., Harriett Cornelia and Eloise Dexter. With no heirs, Eloise as the last surviving member of the family, created the Hunter Foundation. According to her will, she required the foundation to operate her “residence at 240 Freemason Street … with the furniture, decorations, paintings and curios … as a museum and example of American Victorian Architecture.” The museum provides guided tours for the public April through December each year as well as offering a full season of special tours, exhibits and events highlighting the various facets of Victorian social history and custom. Escorted walking and Segway tours are available and highly recommended for this historically enriching area of downtown Norfolk!

  • October 20, 2017
  • Join our intern Nathan Keckley in the front parlor of the Hunter House Victorian Museum as he...

  • October 21-29, 2017
  • Double, double toil and trouble…Don your pointiest hat and gather the coven for a wickedly delicious...

  • October 27, 2017
  • Join Alexandra Whiteside in the front parlor of the Hunter House Victorian Museum as she discusses...

  • October 28, 2017
  • Help us celebrate the Victorian fascination with the other world at this free fair featuring...

  • October 31, 2017
  • See another side of the museum as you tour the first floor of the house on Halloween night for a...

  • November 4, 2017
  • The Eloise Hunter Chapter of the VSA and the museum invite you to experience a day of programs on...

  • November 12, 2017
  • Enjoy the flavors of fall at this cozy afternoon tea! Music will provided by Harpist Karen Stowe and...

  • November 12, 2017
  • Enjoy the flavors of fall at this cozy afternoon tea. Music provided by Harpist Karen Stowe.

  • November 16, 2017
  • Select Thursday evenings at 7 PM in the parlor; join us for readings, songs, and refreshments...

  • November 18, 2017
  • Holiday sales in our shop, local arts and crafts, and unique gifts abound! Refreshments will be for...