Norfolk, Virginia – The Hampton Roads Naval Museum has cooperated with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District to provide a series of outdoor exhibits highlighting the history of the Navy on the Chesapeake Bay. When you travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT), stop on the southernmost man-made island to learn about the rich connections between the United States Navy and the majestic Chesapeake Bay. There are six exhibit panels in total for visitors to enjoy.

“The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is the regional center for Naval history in Hampton Roads. One of our goals for 2009 is to reach out to local community places. The information on the Chesapeake Bay panels shares the history of the Navy with what we hope will be a new audience. We especially appreciate the chance to work with a vital regional artery like the CBBT,” said Becky Poulliot, Director of HRNM.

“As a key entry point to the Hampton Roads area, the CBBT is delighted to be able to educate both tourists and locals on the historical significance of our region. It is also especially gratifying to be able to highlight the Naval Museum which is one of the great attractions in our area,” said Jeff Holland, Executive Director of the CBBT.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Tunnel is a four-lane, 20-mile-long vehicular toll crossing of the lower Chesapeake Bay. The facility provides the only direct link between Hampton Roads, Virginia and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The southernmost island is home to a restaurant, fishing pier, and viewing area. The Bridge-Tunnel is operated by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District and governed by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission.

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum introduces visitors to over 233 years of U.S. Naval history in Hampton Roads, Virginia. One of 11 officially operated U.S. Navy museums, reporting to the Naval History and Heritage Command, the museum houses a rich collection of authentic uniforms, weaponry, underwater artifacts, detailed ship models and artwork. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is located on the second level of Nauticus. Admission is free. For more information on the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, please visit our website at www.hrnm.navy.mil