Museums in Cave Spring

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Historic Smithfield Plantation (50% Off)

Historic Smithfield Plantation

Blacksburg

Visitors travel back to the 18th century as they traverse the plantation house, garden, and grounds led by a costumed interpreter

$16 $8

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One-Year Membership for One or Two to Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library (40% Off)

Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library

Bedford

Members can explore their genealogy with the museum's expansive collection of historical files, and receive 10% off gift-shop purchases

$50 $30

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Visit and Walking Tour for Two or Four from National D-Day Memorial (Up to Half Off)

National D-Day Memorial

Bedford

88-acre memorial with gardens, reflecting pool, and statues honors soldiers and commemorates pivotal WWII battle.

$20 $10

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Museum-Visit Package for Two or Four at Virginia Museum of Natural History (50% Off)

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville

Natural-history museum's new Living on the Water exhibit opens July 26; other exhibits include Wild Watersheds and Fossil Overlook

$20 $10

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Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Avoca Museum & Historical Society (Up to 68% Off)

Avoca Museum & Historical Society

Altavista

During 90-minute tours, explore a restored 1901 mansion whose grounds include six other historical buildings and a family cemetery

$10 $4

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Two or Four Individual Admissions for a Full Day to Children's Museum of Winston-Salem (Up to 43% Off)

Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

South Marshall

A nonprofit museum where kids can climb a beanstalk, build forts with oversized blocks, and shop in a pretend-supermarket

$14 $8

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One-Year Living-Museum Membership or Tour for Two or Four at Elsewhere (Up to 53% Off)

Elsewhere

Greensboro

Explore art installations, play with antique toys, or catch a live performance at a living museum, that welcomes visitors and artists alike

$30 $15

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While stationed on Long Island to conduct secret war research for the U.S. government during World War II, O. Winston Link started snapping photographs of the Long Island Railroad tracks behind his lab. Eager to capture large-scale railroad pictures at night, he built his own customized flash equipment. After the war, Link harnessed that creative curiosity by spending five years photographing the Norfolk and Western Railway, the last large steam-powered American railroad. From his 20 trips to the railway's tracks in four states, Link collected 2,400 pictures.

His work didn't garner attention until the 1980s, when he published his first collection of railroad photos in the lauded book Steam, Steel & Stars. The West Virginia Historical Society continues to preserve his legacy with the O. Winston Link Museum, which showcases Link's Norfolk and Western project while filling in its historical context. Throughout seven galleries, patrons hear the sounds of bustling locomotive engines, adjust the lighting of an interactive diorama's photograph, and ogle Link's original photographic equipment, including flashbulbs, power boxes, and super power boxes. The museum underscores its edifying galleries with a plentitude of tours, workshops, and ongoing photography programs.

101 Shenandoah Ave NE
Roanoke,
VA
US

As a center for the visual arts, we encourage a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Our programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing our audiences.

110 Salem Ave SE
Roanoke,
VA
US

In the 1850s, the Norfolk & Western Railway made its way to Big Lick, Virginia, transforming the sleepy town into a locomotive hub of the south. The Virginia Museum of Transportation walks visitors through this industrial change with its historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, model trains, and rail collection, which features more than 50 pieces of rolling stock, including some of the most advanced Roanoke-made steam engines ever built in the Norfolk & Western Class J-611 and Class A-1218. Railway exhibits recount the exploits of the industry’s most renowned names and provide an opportunity for visitors to hop aboard an actual diesel locomotive and complain loudly about the lack of complimentary peanuts. Additional engine-powered attractions include a century’s worth of automobiles and the recently reopened Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery collection.

303 Norfolk Ave SW
Roanoke,
VA
US

The Historic Smithfield Plantation invites visitors to step back into 1774. The house has sheltered the Preston family through the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and now stands as a document of the past with a home and plantation grounds.

1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd
Blacksburg,
VA
US

The Avoca Museum & Historical Society was once the site of the Revolutionary-era home of Colonel Charles Lynch and the centerpiece of a sprawling plantation. Today, it houses native artifacts and Civil War memorabilia curated to preserve local history.

  • Size: 54 acres of land, including the sprawling Victorian house
  • Eye Catcher: the main house, an American Queen Anne?style home built in 1901 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the interior has been lovingly restored to appear as it did in its heyday
  • Permanent Exhibits: the replica of the 1880 cabin that originally stood on the site, including a rope bed and stone fireplace
  • Don't Miss: the family graveyard?as well as a graveyard for the plantation's slaves?stand as a reminder of the land's history and provide some information about what African American life was like before the Civil War
  • Pro Tip: the Avoca Museum is a popular wedding venue, so check the website's homepage or call ahead to make sure it's not closed for a private event
1514 Main St
Altavista,
VA
US

The Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library serves as a depository for the history of the region. The museum gathers artifacts and stories from the past, along with genealogical data, into one place where community members can explore their ancestors' origins. Local historians deliver lectures at the museum's regular events, and genealogy classes share tips on how students can research their ancestry both in-person and online.

201 E Main St
Bedford,
VA
US