• Holiday Hours

    Dec 13, 2014
    The History Museum of Western Virginia will be closed from December 22nd through December 26th. We will reopen on at 10am on December 27th. The museum will also be closing at 1pm on New Years Eve and will be closed on New Years Day.

  • Administrative Hours

    Dec 12, 2014
    The History Museum of Western Virginia Administrative Offices are open Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm. If you need assistance Saturday or Sunday please call the History Museum Gift Shop at (540) 342- 5777. Gift Shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm, unless noted.

  • Fantasyland Update

    Dec 04, 2014
    We are happy to report that Santa is feeling better and has made it from the North Pole to the History Museum! Fantasyland programs will continue on schedule. We hope to see everyone at the museum this Saturday to welcome Santa.

  • Fantasyland Update

    Nov 26, 2014
    We just got word from the North Pole and are sad to report that Santa is feeling under the weather. He has been working hard to prepare for Christmas and thus will be unable to visit the History Museum this weekend. The O. Winston Link Museum, our sister museum, has kindly offered advanced tickets holders for Friday, November 28th or Saturday, November 29th admission to Santa Arrives by Rail on Saturday more>>


  • Fantasyland

    Dec 20, 2014

    Fantasyland tickets are available through the Center in the Square Box office:

  • Santa's Sing A Long

    10:00am - Dec 20, 2014
    12/13/2014 and 12/20/2014

    Santa invites families to join him Saturday mornings for singing and Christmas stories. This program was created especially for younger children, but the whole family will certainly enjoy it!

    Tickets are available through the Center in the Square Box Office: or (540) 224-1200

  • Yuletide

    2:00pm - Dec 21, 2014
    Join us as we say goodbye to Santa and the Figgy Pudding Band before they head to the North Pole. During Yuletide guests will receive a 10% discount in our gif tshop (members will receive a 20% discount).

    Tickets are available through the Center in the Square Box Office: or (540) 224-1200

  • #Fantasyland Photo Contest

    4:00pm - Dec 21, 2014
    Today through December 21st post your Fantasyland photos to Facebook and Twitter with #Fantasyland for a chance to win a special gift from the History Museum.

  • First Thursday Lunch Box Lecture: Estelle Avener

    12:00pm - Jan 8, 2015
    Starting the Historical Society's 2015 First Thursday series will be a talk by Estelle Avener, who recently retired after leading the Bradley Free Clinic as its first executive director for almost 40 years. She led the clinic from its barebones beginnings in 1974 to a model operation followed by other clinics across the country.

    $10 for members, $15 for non-members, reservations recommended.

    *Please note this lecture is on the second Thursday due to the holiday.

  • Kegley Lecture: Morris Stephenson

    7:00pm - Jan 27, 2015
    Morris Stephenson, veteran Rocky Mount journalist, will speak on his book, "A Night of Makin' Likker".

  • Kegley Lecture: Daniel Thorp

    7:00pm - Feb 24, 2015
    Dr. Daniel Thorp, associate professor of history at Virginia Tech, will speak on "Betwixt and Between: The Experiences of Free People of Color in Southwest Virginia"

    Thorp, holds a master's degree and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, is completing a book-length study of an African American community in Montgomery County during the 19th century. His talk will be based on that research, focusing on experiences of free people of color in Southwest Virginia before the Civil War.