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Posted on: November 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] VisitNorfolk Announces Grand Opening of Redesigned Visitor Information Center

Ribbon Cutting & Open House Friday, November 15 (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


NORFOLK, Va. (November 12, 2019) – VisitNorfolk is excited and proud to announce the Grand Opening of the city’s newly renovated Visitor Center at 232 East Main Street. The new, state-of-the-art, modern information center is unlike anything seen in Virginia before.

The inspiring space was designed by local architect, Michael Schnekser with Tymoff + Moss Architects. Some of the new features include:

  • A bright media wall that highlights Norfolk videos, images, attractions and more
  • Access to multiple USB and outlet plugs in a relaxed setting to recharge for the day
  • A colorful Norfolk mural by local artist, Carl Floyd Medley III to take pictures and selfies with
  • Lounge seating to become relaxed and inspired to explore
  • A Mermaid Market gift shop that offers local products and unique souvenirs
  • The new home for an original mermaid statue, “Gliding Through the Bay”
  • Personalized service and advice from VisitNorfolk’s passionate, well-trained staff

“Studies have shown that Visitor Information Centers remain one of the most significant ways for us to connect with travelers while in the destination,” said Kurt Krause, President & CEO of VisitNorfolk. “We welcome on average 2.7 million visitors to Norfolk each year and wanted to create a space that reflected the wonderful amenities our city offers. From a vibrant waterfront, dining scene and world-class attractions, you can see and feel how we are celebrating Norfolk’s rich history and culture within the Information Center,” Krause said.  

This center was also designed to be a place to raise awareness for not only visitors, but also local residents. Residents within Coastal Virginia can benefit by learning about the Norfolk events, attractions and relocation information. It will be a place for everyone to gather within downtown to celebrate our city before setting out to explore.

We encourage you to join us to celebrate this brilliant new space on Friday, November 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House.


~ Norfolk, Virginia ~

Considered the dynamic heart of Virginia’s storied region, Norfolk attracts thousands of travelers each year to enjoy its lively downtown waterfront and 144 miles of shimmering coastline. Offering a vibrant blend of history and heritage with contemporary attractions, outdoor adventure and the Commonwealth’s most revered cultural institutions, Norfolk is an exciting destination.  Here, where the Elizabeth River meets the Chesapeake Bay, visitors will find an easily walkable downtown that offers eclectic dining options, a rich arts scene, high-end shopping and year-round special events.  For more information about Norfolk, visit the city on the Web at, or call 757-664-6620 or toll free at 800-368-3097.

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