Museums and sites can help you track the story of our region.

From the earliest settlers to the space explorers, Hampton Roads museums tell a continuous story of the importance of our region.

History museums

1. Air Power Park. Vintage military jets, missiles, rockets and a children's playground. Sunrise-sunset daily. Free. 413 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton. 727-8311. hampton.va.us/parks/parks_and_trails.html

2. Archaearium. Showcases artifacts from historic James Fort. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Included in admission to Colonial National Historical Park ($10 adults, free for children 15 and under). Western end of Colonial Parkway, James City County. 229-1733. historicjamestowne.org/visit

3. Casemate Museum. The story of America's largest and stone fort, and such figures as Robert E. Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Free. 20 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, Hampton. 788-3391. tradoc.army.mil/museum/museum.asp

4. Chippokes Plantation/Farm and Forestry Museum. Antebellum plantation set on a working farm. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday April-October. Free, but parking fee of $3 weekdays, $4 weekends. 294-3439. Route 634 off Route 10, Surry. dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/chi.shtml

5. Colonial Williamsburg. World's largest living history museum explores the history of Virginia's 18th-century capital. Open daily. Exhibit building tickets start at $39.95 adults, $20.95 children 6-17. Visitor Center on Route 132Y, off Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg. 229-1000. history.org

6. Gloucester Museum of History. Bacon's Rebellion, botanist John Clayton and the county's role in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free. Botetourt Building, 6539 Main St., Gloucester Court House. 804-693-1234. gloucesterva.info/Tourism

7. Gwynn's Island Museum. Artifacts \ showcase maritime history. Route 633, Gwynn's Island, Mathews County. 1-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday April-October. Free. 804-725-7949. gwynnsislandmuseum.org

8. Hampton History Museum. Story of America's oldest continuous English-speaking settlement. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $5 adults, $4 children 4-12. 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton. 727-1610. hampton.va.us/history_museum

9. Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Explores landmark naval history of Hampton Roads. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Located on the second floor of Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. 322-2987. hrnm.navy.mil

10. Isle of Wight County Museum. 1913 bank building houses a country-store exhibit, Native American artifacts, a War Memorial Gallery. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 103 Main St., Smithfield. 356-1223. co.isle-of-wight.va.us/historic-resources/

11. Jamestown Settlement. Tells the story of America's first permanent English settlement. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (with extended summer hours). $15.50 adults, $7.25 children 6-12. Route 31 South near the Colonial Parkway, James City County. 253-4838. historyisfun.org/Jamestown-Settlement.htm

12. Lightship Portsmouth Museum. 1915 lightship features re-created crew's quarters fitted out with artifacts, uniforms, photographs and ship models. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $4 adults, $2 children 2-17 (includes admission to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum). Water and Front streets, Portsmouth. 393-8591. portsnavalmuseums.com

13. MacArthur Memorial. Memorabilia recounts career ofGen. Douglas MacArthur. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. City Hall Avenue and Bank Street, Norfolk. 441-2965. macarthurmemorial.org

14. Middlesex County Museum. Virginia's oldest county museum displays Native American artifacts, military items and more related to Middlesex history. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. 777 General Puller Highway, Saluda. 804-758-3663. middlesexmuseum.com

15. Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House. 1794 house provides setting for exploration of Norfolk's colorful naval and maritime past. Noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free. 601 E. Freemason St., Norfolk. 333-1087. chrysler.org/about-the-museum/historic-houses/willoughby-baylor-house

16. Old Coast Guard Station. Artifacts and audiovisual presentations tell the stories of the Life-Saving Service, Virginia shipwrecks and the World War II Battle of the Atlantic. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $4 adults, $2 children 6-18. 24th Street and Boardwalk, Virginia Beach. 422-1587. oldcoastguardstation.com

17. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. Ship models, uniforms, military artifacts and exhibits portray life in 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century Portsmouth. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $4 adults, $4 children 2-17 (includes admission to Lightship Portsmouth Museum). 2 High St., Portsmouth. 393-8591. portsnavalmuseums.com