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Douglas MacArthur Memorial

Visit this free museum to learn about the life and times of one of the most famous and decorated soldiers in American history.

The MacArthur Memorial is a fascinating tribute to the legendary five-star general, Douglas MacArthur. The three-building complex on a tree-lined square consists of a museum (formerly the Norfolk City Hall and Courthouse), a research center and a visitor center.

MacArthur was an American general most famous for commanding the Allied Forces in the Pacific during World War II and for overseeing the rebuilding of Japan after 1945. Toward the end of his life he donated his memorabilia and papers to the city of Norfolk, his mother’s hometown.

Start your visit by exploring the museum’s galleries. They house permanent and temporary exhibits that cover the general’s extensive military career and those of people who served with him in both world wars and the Korean War.

View the general’s artifacts and personal objects such as medals, uniforms, a military cap, pipe, battle souvenirs and gifts presented to him during his time in Japan. 
The galleries circle a grand rotunda, the final resting place for the general and his wife, Jean. Their tombs are surrounded by banners, flags of his various commands and inscriptions of the battles he fought in.  

On leaving the museum, follow the Heritage Walk to the Visitor Center. This paved walkway is constructed from memorial bricks honoring members of the armed forces.

Once inside the welcome center, head for the theater and watch the 22-minute high-definition documentary about MacArthur’s military career. It’s shown every half hour. View some of the historic vehicles including a World War II jeep and MacArthur’s limousine, the black Chrysler Crown Imperial that served as his staff car for nearly fifteen years.

Situated in downtown Norfolk, the memorial is directly across the road from MacArthur Square metro station. Free car parking for three hours is available at the south deck of the MacArthur Mall garage.

The MacArthur Memorial is open every day except Monday.


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Hilton Norfolk The Main $189
Hilton Norfolk The Main

Hilton Norfolk The Main

100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of USS Wisconsin BB-64 and Norfolk Scope. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Norfolk State University are also within 3 mi (5 km). MacArthur Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and Civic Plaza Station is 8 minutes.

    Norfolk Waterside Marriott $147
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott

    Norfolk Waterside Marriott

    235 E Main St, Norfolk, VA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Waterside Festival Marketplace and Norfolk Scope. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Norfolk State University are also within 3 mi (5 km). MacArthur Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Civic Plaza Station is 7 minutes.

      Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown $124
      Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

      Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

      520 Plume street, Norfolk, VA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Douglas MacArthur Memorial and Norfolk Scope. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Norfolk State University are also within 2 mi (3 km). MacArthur Square Station and Civic Plaza Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown $139
        Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown

        Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown

        227 West Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chrysler Museum of Art and Norfolk Scope. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Norfolk State University are also within 3 mi (5 km). York Street-Free Mason Station is only a 3-minute walk and Monticello Station is 7 minutes.

          Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection $139
          Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection

          Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Autograph Collection

          201 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of USS Wisconsin BB-64, Town Point Park, and Waterside Festival Marketplace. Norfolk Scope and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). MacArthur Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Monticello Station is 6 minutes.

            Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel $127
            Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

            Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

            777 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Waterside Festival Marketplace and Norfolk Scope. Norfolk State University and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Civic Plaza Station is only a 5-minute walk and MacArthur Square Station is 6 minutes.

              Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown $119
              Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

              Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

              700 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chrysler Museum of Art, Nauticus National Maritime Center, and Waterside Festival Marketplace. Children's Museum of Virginia and Old Dominion University are also within 3 mi (5 km). Monticello Station is 6 minutes by foot and York Street-Free Mason Station is 9 minutes.

                Luxury City Loft Condo - 1br/1.5ba
                Luxury City Loft Condo - 1br/1.5ba

                Luxury City Loft Condo - 1br/1.5ba

                Norfolk, VA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown, this family-friendly Norfolk condo building is within a 10-minute walk of MacArthur Center and Norfolk Scope. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Norfolk State University are also within 2 mi (3 km). Monticello Station is only a 3-minute walk and York Street-Free Mason Station is 7 minutes.