Museums in Waynesboro

Visit to Home of President James Monroe for Two or Four at Ash Lawn-Highland (Up to 50% Off)

Ash Lawn-Highland

Charlottesville

Residence of President James Monroe features tours of the home and estate that illuminate 18th- and 19th-century living

$28 $14

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Day Admission for Two, Four, or Six to The Heritage Museum (Up to 50% Off)

The Heritage Museum

Harrisonburg

Vast collection of artifacts illustrates the history of the Shenandoah Valley

$16 $10

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$5 for $10 Worth of Museum Visits — George C. Marshall Museum

George C. Marshall Museum

Lexington

Parents: children under twelve are always free, so bring the kids!

$10 $5

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Tour for Two, Four, or Six at Avoca Museum & Historical Society (Up to 53% 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 $6

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Admission for Two or Four to O. Winston Link Museum or History Museum of Western Virginia (Up to 62% Off)

History Museum of Western Virginia

Multiple Locations

Two museums explore 10,000 years of Native American heritage via ancient artifacts, and more recent locomotive history through photographs

$15 $6.50

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Valentine Richmond History Center Outing for Two or Individual or Family Membership (Up to 51% Off)

Valentine Richmond History Center

Capitol District

More than 1.7 million objects & artifacts inspire guests to examine Richmond history & members enjoy discounts & special events

$16 $8

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$25 for One Smithsonian Holiday Festival Entertainment Pack Pass, December 6–7 ($90 Value)

Smithsonian Institution

Multiple Locations

Make the most of the Holiday Festival with a pass to IMAX theaters, Planetarium shows, and Simulator rides

$90 $25

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Battleship New Jersey Visit for Two or Four (Up to 51% Off)

Battleship New Jersey

Waterfront South

Visit a nearly 900 ft. long, 45,000-ton battleship that survived three wars

$37 $18

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Virginia Discovery Museum delights kids with interactive exhibits. For example, at a miniature Panera Bread stocked with toy food, tots can don real Panera aprons and take orders. They also pick fruit in an interactive play orchard, and go back in time and play in a log cabin from the 1700?s. For a brush with real nature, they can even observe bee behavior at the museum's enclosed hive.

524 E Main St
Charlottesville,
VA
US

Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, evolved with him as he followed his storied career path, from author of the Declaration of Independence to third president of the United States. The home's evolution was quite literal: Jefferson had it constantly redesigned and rebuilt over the course of more than four decades. Today, the neoclassical mansion and its lush gardens, situated on 2,500 acres of Jefferson's plantation, remain perfectly preserved and open to the public. As they tour the premises, visitors learn about Jefferson's role in history, from his early days in Virginia's government to his key role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Along the way, they pick up fun historical factoids, too, such as Jefferson's preferred dinnertime?3 p.m.

931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy.
Charlottesville,
VA
US

A bugle boomed with a brash moan that bordered on shrill, as if the metal it was made of were on the verge of shattering like glass. Its player drew a sideward glance to his wife, whose neck was contorted in the throes of a visceral shriek as she slammed a wooden spoon against the tin washbasin. Darkness was giving way to the orange of morning on June 18, 1864, and the Union's Major General David Hunter was presumably within earshot. The clamor of Lynchburg's citizens was their first defense, making the Confederate forces sound larger and stronger than they actually were. It was a smart move, as Hunter eventually retreated because he believed he was outnumbered.

The concise Confederate victory preserved many historical sites in Lynchburg, which had been the United States’ second wealthiest city per capita before the Civil War devastated the economy. Today, the Lynchburg Museum traces the stories of the region, from the cannons and flags of the Civil War to a flight suit worn by hometown astronaut Leland Melvin. More than 20,000 artifacts are housed within the former Lynchburg courthouse, which was built in the Greek Revival style in 1855, replete with architectural details including fluted Doric columns and a pedimented portico inspired by the Parthenon.

Less than a mile away, Point of Honor accommodates guests within the re-created plantation kitchen of the restored Federal-period mansion built in 1815 by Dr. George Cabell Sr., friend to both Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. Guests can peer out at a vista of the James River before exploring the Medicine in Early Virginia exhibit, which highlights tools and methods practiced by Dr. Cabell such as giving patients colds in order to cure their rickets.

112 Cabell St
Lynchburg,
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

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