List of museums in Virginia

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This list of museums in Virginia, United States, contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Museums[edit]

Name Location County or City Region Type Summary
1750 Isle of Wight Courthouse Smithfield Isle of Wight Tidewater/Hampton Roads History Restored 1750 county courthouse
116th Infantry Regiment and Foundation Museum Verona Augusta Shenandoah Valley Military History http://116thfoundation.org/ Oldest continuous service regiment in the VA National Guard and 7th oldest in the US Army
A.A.F. Tank Museum Danville Danville Southern Military website, international tank and cavalry artifacts
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art Folk art and furniture, based on Abby Aldrich Rockefeller's donations of folk art objects, one of Colonial Williamsburg's attractions
Abram's Delight Museum Winchester Winchester Shenandoah Valley Historic house 18th-century house, also 18th-century Valley Cabin located on the grounds
Accomac Debtors' Prison Accomac Accomack Eastern Shore History Open by appointment
Accomack-Northampton Antique Car Museum Parksley Accomack Eastern Shore Transportation - Automotive [1]
Adam Thoroughgood House Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house 17th-century modified hall & parlor house with quaint English cottage architecture & herb & flower gardens.
Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County The Plains Fauquier Northern African American website, includes a museum, reference, and research library pertaining to the African American way of life.
Agecroft Hall Richmond Richmond Central Historic house 17h-century period Tudor manor house
Air Power Park Hampton Hampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Aviation Outdoor aircraft and rocket park with museum of aircraft models and artifacts
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Museum Charlottesville Albemarle Central Local history website
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Charlottesville Albemarle Central Library Changing exhibits of history, art, culture and more from its collections
Aldie Mill Aldie Loudoun Northern Mill Restored early 19th-century watermill
Alexandria Archaeology Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern Archaeology website, city's archaeological history, how archaeologists work
Alexandria Black History Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern African American website
Amazement Square Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Children's website
Amherst County Museum and Historical Society Amherst Amherst Central Local history website, located in the Kearfott-Wood House
American Celebration on Parade New Market Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Parade floats Part of Shenandoah Caverns, collection of parade floats, props, & stage settings from American entertainment & political history
American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Richmond Richmond Central Civil War Located at Tredegar Iron Works, interprets the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives
Andrew Johnston House Pearisburg Giles Blue Ridge Highlands Open-air Complex of historic house, doctor's office & historical museum, operated by the Giles County Historical Society
Anne Spencer House Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Historic house Home of Anne Spencer, a poet of the Harlem Renaissance
Antique Fire Engine Museum Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Firefighting Antique fire engine, located in the fire station[2][3][4]
Appomattox County Historical Museum Appomattox Appomattox Central Local history Operated by the Appomattox County Historical Society, located in the New Appomattox Court House[5]
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Appomattox Appomattox Central Civil War Civil War battle site and location of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, preserves village of original and reconstructed nineteenth century buildings
Arlington Historical Museum Arlington Arlington Northern Local history Owned and operated by the Arlington Historical Society
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Arlington Arlington Northern Historic house Honors Robert E. Lee's military and public leadership in pre- and post-Civil War America, includes 19th-century house, museum and enslaved quarters
Armstead Tasker Johnson High School Museum Montross Westmoreland Tidewater/Hampton Roads African American History & legacy of education for African American students in the Northern Neck of Virginia[6]
Arts Center @ 319 Smithfield Isle of Wight Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art website
Arts Depot Abingdon Washington Blue Ridge Highlands Art website, non-profit, community-based art gallery
Ash Lawn-Highland Charlottesville Albemarle Central Historic house Early 19th-century estate of President James Monroe
Athenaeum Alexandria Alexandria Northern Art Home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, art exhibitions and galleries
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art Website, dedicated to wildfowl & located in the 19th-century DeWitt Cottage, features displays on decoys & carvers, and contains a pictorial history of Virginia Beach & the city's first library
Augusta Military Academy Museum Fort Defiance Augusta Shenandoah Valley Military Website, history of the Augusta Military Academy
Aviation Historical Park Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Aviation Outdoor display of military aircraft, open for visitors on a tour of Naval Air Station Oceana
Avoca Museum Altavista Campbell Central Historic house Victorian period house
Bacon's Castle Surry Surry Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Also known as "Allen's Brick House" or the "Arthur Allen House", owned and managed by Preservation Virginia
Ball-Sellers House Arlington Arlington Northern Historic house Owned and operated by the Arlington Historical Society, 18th-century house
Balthis House Front Royal Warren Shenandoah Valley Historic house 19th-century house, operated by the Warren Heritage Society
Barrier Islands Center Machipongo Northampton Eastern Shore Local history Artifacts & exhibits on the Barrier Islands with a look at the hearty people who endured & overcame difficult conditions living there, housed on the former site of the Almshouse Farm
Bassett Hall Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Part of Colonial Williamsburg
Bassett Historical Center Bassett Henry Southern Local history website
Bath County Historical Society Museum Warm Springs Bath Shenandoah Valley Local history website
Bedford Museum Bedford Bedford Central Local history website
Belle Air Plantation Charles City Charles City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house
Belle Boyd Cottage Front Royal Warren Shenandoah Valley Historic house website, operated by the Warren Heritage Society, 19th-century hotel associated with Civil War spy Belle Boyd
Belle Grove Plantation Middletown Frederick Shenandoah Valley Historic house
Ben Lomond Manassas Prince William Northern Historic house Civil War-period house and gardens
Berkeley Plantation Charles City Charles City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house
Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives Richmond Richmond Central Religious - Jewish Richmond and Southern Jewish experience
Big Otter Mill Bedford Bedford Central Mill 18th-century saw and grist mill
Black Heritage Museum of Arlington Arlington Arlington Northern African American website, planned museum, currently only virtual
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia Richmond Richmond Central African American website, currently closed, planned to open new facility in 2016 in the Leigh Street Armory
Blacksburg Museum Blacksburg Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Local history Includes the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center and the Odd Fellows Hall
Blandford Church Petersburg Petersburg Central Church Confederate memorial chapel with Tiffany windows
Blue Ridge Farm Museum Ferrum Franklin Blue Ridge Highlands Living website, part of Ferrum College and Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, re-created Virginia-German farmstead
Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Ferrum Franklin Blue Ridge Highlands Culture website, part of Ferrum College, regional folk music, crafts, customs, material culture, folk art
Blue Ridge Music Center Galax Grayson Blue Ridge Highlands Music Includes the Roots of American Music exhibition
Booker T. Washington National Monument Hardy Franklin Blue Ridge Highlands Biographical Plantation where Booker T. Washington was born a slave
Botetourt County Historical Museum Fincastle Botetourt Shenandoah Valley Local history website
Boyd Tavern Boydton Mecklenburg Southern History 19th-century tavern open for tours
Boykin's Tavern Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Historic 19th-century period tavern
Branch Museum of Architecture and Design Richmond Richmond Central Architecture Exhibits of architecture and design, tours of the early 20th-century Tudor Revival house
Breneman-Turner Mill Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Mill 19th-century grist mill
Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre Brentsville Prince William Northern Open-air Operated by the County, includes the restore 1825-era courthouse, Union Church and 1853 Haislip-Hall House
Bridgewater Historical Society Museum Bridgewater Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Local history website
Bruce A. Elder Antique and Classic Automobiles Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Transportation - Automobiles Car dealer with auto museum open on Fridays and Saturdays[7]
Brunswick County Museum Lawrenceville Brunswick Southern Local history [8]
Burwell-Morgan Mill Millwood Clarke Shenandoah Valley Mill Operated by the Clarke County Historical Association, restored late 18th-century grist mill and 4-acre park
Cambria Depot Museum Christiansburg Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Railroad
Camera Heritage Museum Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Photography website, collection of cameras, equipment, accessories and photographs
Campbell House (Lexington, Virginia) Lexington Lexington Shenandoah Valley Local history website, home of the Rockbridge Historical Society
Canal Basin Square Scottsville Albemarle Central Transportation website, outdoor transportation history park
Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center Cape Charles Northampton Eastern Shore Local history
Cape Henry Lighthouse Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Maritime Owned and managed by Preservation Virginia
Carlyle House Alexandria Alexandria Northern Historic house
Carroll County Historical Society Museum Hillsville Carroll Blue Ridge Highlands Local history Located in the former county courthouse
Carter Family Fold Hiltons Scott Heart of Appalachia Music Includes the A.P. Carter Museum about the Carter Family
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Richmond Richmond Central Religious Early 20th-century cathedral, includes museum of the history of the Diocese of Richmond in the understory
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Middletown Frederick Shenandoah Valley Local history Visitor station features exhibits about area history, 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek
Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory Manassas Manassas Northern Multiple website, art gallery, theater and history exhibits about the former candy factory[9]
Central High Museum Charlotte Court House Charlotte Southern African-American website, former African-American high school
Centre Hill Museum Petersburg Petersburg Central Historic house Greek Revival mansion with exhibits on history of Petersburg
Charles Taylor Arts Center Hampton Hampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art website, visual arts center, presents eight changing exhibitions each year
Chatham Manor Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Historic house Part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Cherry Hill Farmhouse Falls Church Falls Church Northern Historic house 1845 Greek-revival house with authentic 18th- and 19th-century furniture and period tools in the 1856 barn
Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Chesapeake Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Railway website
Chesterfield Museum Chesterfield Chesterfield Central Local history website, operated by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia
Children's Museum of Richmond Richmond Richmond Central Children's website
Children's Museum of Virginia Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads Children's
Children's Science Center Lab Fairfax Fairfax Northern Virginia Children's website, Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities and programs.
Chimborazo Medical Museum Richmond Richmond Central Medical Located at the Richmond Visitor Center of Richmond National Battlefield Park
Chippokes Farm & Forestry Museum Surry Surry Tidewater/Hampton Roads Agriculture Located in Chippokes Plantation State Park
Christ Church (Lancaster County, Virginia) Irvington Lancaster Chesapeake Bay Historic church National Historic Landmark Colonial-era church
Christiansburg Institute Christiansburg Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Local history Includes Smokehouse Museum of the Institute's history, open by appointment[10][11]
Chrysler Museum of Art Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art Extensive collections includes European and American paintings and sculpture, glass, modern and contemporary art, decorative art, photography, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Islamic, East Asian, African and Pre-Columbian material
CIA Museum Langley Fairfax Northern Espionage Not open to the public
City Point History Museum Hopewell Hopewell Central Local history website, includes exhibit of Hopewell China
Civil War Museum at Exchange Hotel Gordonsville Orange Central Civil War Hotel used as a receiving hospital during the Civil War
Clarke County Historical Association Museum Berryville Clarke Shenandoah Valley Local history website
Clarke-Palmore House Henrico Henrico Central Historic house 1930s period farmhouse, open by appointment and for events
Clarksville Regional Museum Clarksville Mecklenburg Southern Local history website
Claude Moore Colonial Farm Langley Fairfax Northern Living
Cleveland Virginia History and Heritage Museum Cleveland Russell Heart of Appalachia Local history Located at the old Cleveland Elementary School, open by appointment[12]
Clover Hill Village Appomattox Appomattox Central Living Operated by the Appomattox County Historical Society, 6-acre living history village[5]
C&O Railway Heritage Center Clifton Forge Alleghany Shenandoah Valley Railway website, operated by the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society, equipment and artifacts of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
Cold War Museum Warrenton Fauquier Northern Military Cold War history and artifacts
Colonial National Historical Park Various locations Tidewater/Hampton Roads History 23-mile (37 km) parkway linking Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown National Battlefield, Cape Henry Memorial
Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Living Interpretation of a colonial-American city, includes Governor's Palace, Bassett Hall, Peyton Randolph House, Wythe House, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
Colvin Run Mill Great Falls Fairfax Northern Architecture Restored operational 19th-century water-powered mill
Crab Orchard Museum and Pioneer Park Tazewell Tazewell Heart of Appalachia Open-air website, history, natural history, Native Americans, pioneer life in 15 reconstructed buildings
Craig County Historical Society Museum New Castle Craig Shenandoah Valley Local history Located in the Old Brick Hotel[13]
Crewe Railroad Museum Crewe Nottoway Northern Railway [14]
Custom House Yorktown York Tidewater/Hampton Roads History Operated by the Comte de Grasse Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, early 18th-century custom house, open on Sundays from June to October
Cyrus McCormick Farm Steeles Tavern Rockbridge Shenandoah Valley Agriculture
Dabbs House Henrico Henrico Central Historic house website, operated by the County, served as General Robert E. Lee’s field headquarters during the summer of 1862 and as Henrico’s police headquarters from 1941-2005
Dante Coal Mining and Railroad Museum Dante Russell Heart of Appalachia Local history website, local history, artifacts of coal mining and railroad life and work
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History Danville Danville Southern Multiple website, art, Civil War artifacts, local history
Danville Science Center Danville Danville Southern Science website
Daura Gallery Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Art website, part of Lynchburg College, located in the Dillard Fine Arts Center
D. C. Wysor Observatory and Museum Dublin Pulaski Blue Ridge Highlands Geology Observatory and geology and astronomy museum, located on the grounds of Dublin Elementary School[15][16]
DEA Museum Arlington Arlington Northern Law enforcement History of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the impact of drug addiction from past to present
Deltaville Maritime Museum Deltaville Middlesex Chesapeake Bay Maritime website, museum and Holly Point Nature Park encompass over 30 acres (120,000 m2) and include two houses, many outbuildings, three docks, and a small boat launching area
Depot Gallery Richmond Richmond Central Art Student gallery for the VCU School of the Arts[17]
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Decorative art One of Colonial Williamsburg's attractions, 17th- to 19th-century American and British furniture, metals, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints, firearms and textiles
Dinwiddie County Museum Dinwiddie Dinwiddie Central Local history Operated by the Dinwiddie County Historical Society
Dr. Phipps Family Museum Clintwood Dickenson Heart of Appalachia Medical Medical memorabilia from the Old Dickenson County Hospital, located inside the visitor's center[18]
Drakes Branch Museum Drakes Branch Charlotte Southern Local history website
Eastern Shore Railway Museum Parksley Accomack Eastern Shore Railway
Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum Wytheville Wythe Blue Ridge Highlands Historic house website, birthplace of Edith Wilson
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Roanoke Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Art website, part of Hollins University
Elk Run Church Museum Elk Run Fauquier Northern Biographical website, history and foundation of the 1750s Anglican church[19]
Endview Plantation Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house 17th-century plantation, restored to 1862 appearance during the American Civil War
Essex County Museum Tappahannock Essex Chesapeake Bay Local history website, operated by the Essex County Historical Society
Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum Hampden-Sydney Prince Edward Central Multiple website, part of Hampden-Sydney College, history of the college, changing exhibits of local history, natural history, art
Explore More Discovery Museum Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Children's
Fairfax Museum Fairfax Fairfax Northern Local history website, also houses the visitor center
Fairfax Station Railroad Museum Fairfax Station Fairfax Northern Railway website, Civil War, railroading and local history
Farmers' Bank Petersburg Petersburg Central History 19th-century bank displays, houses the Petersburg Visitor Center
Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail Warrenton Fauquier Northern Local history Operated by the Fauquier Historical Society, local history displays and history of the two jails
Fayette Area Historical Initiative African American Museum (FAHI) Martinsville Henry Southern African American website
The Fed Experience Richmond Richmond Central Money website, located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, growth of living standards, the importance of price stability and the Fed’s role in the economy
Ferguson Center for the Arts Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art Performing arts center for Christopher Newport University, includes the Falk Gallery of Art and Ferguson Hall Gallery
Ferry Farm Fredericksburg Stafford Northern Historic farm Boyhood home of George Washington
Ferry Plantation House Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Mid-19th-century period house
Fields-Penn House Abingdon Washington Blue Ridge Highlands Historic house website, mid-19th-century period house
Flippo Gallery Ashland Hanover Central Art website, art gallery of Randolph-Macon College in Pace-Armistead Hall, exhibition of contemporary works of art by professional artists
First Freedom Center Richmond Richmond Central Religious Traces America’s experience of religious liberty from its European antecedents through the present
Floyd County Historical Society Museum Floyd Floyd Blue Ridge Highlands Local history website
Fort Harrison Dayton Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Historic house Mid 18th-century Daniel Harrison House
Fort Monroe Casemate Museum Hampton Hampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Military History of the 19th-century fort; visitors can tour the exterior of the fort and its grounds
Fort Norfolk Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Fort Tour the 18th-century fort
Fort Ward Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern Civil War Preserved Union Army fort and museum
Fralin Museum of Art Charlottesville Albemarle Central Art Part of the University of Virginia, collection includes African art, American Indian art, and European and American painting, photography, and works on paper
Francis Land House Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Early 19th-century period plantation house
Franconia Museum Franconia Fairfax Northern Local history website
Franklin County Historical Society Museum Rocky Mount Franklin Blue Ridge Highlands Local history website
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Civil War
Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Local history website, city and area history and culture, art exhibits
Freedom House Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern African American Operated by the Northern Virginia Urban League in a slave-trading depot, history of area slavery
Freeman Store and Museum Vienna Fairfax Northern Local history Operated by Historic Vienna
Friendship Firehouse Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern Firefighting website
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Living Features 5 historic, reconstructed working farms from Germany (1710), Northern Ireland (1730), England (1690), Botetourt County, Virginia (1850), Rockingham County, Virginia (1773).
Gadsby's Tavern Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern Tavern
Gallery 5 Richmond Richmond Central Art Visual art gallery and performing arts center
Gargoyle Manor - The Monster Museum Claudville Patrick Southern Media website, movie, literature, and folklore memorabilia about monsters
Gari Melchers Home Falmouth Stafford Northern Art Home & studio of American artist Gari Melchers
The George C. Marshall Foundation Lexington Lexington Shenandoah Valley Biographical Life and work of statesman George Marshall
George Washington Birthplace National Monument Washington's Birthplace Westmoreland Chesapeake Bay Historic house
George Washington Masonic National Memorial Alexandria Alexandria Northern Presidential memorial Includes George Washington Museum, Masonic exhibits, a replica of the Alexandria-Washington Lodge room as it was in 1802, library and chapel
George Washington's Gristmill Lorton Fairfax Northern Mill Operated by Mount Vernon, reconstructed 18th-century grist mill
George Washington's Office Museum Winchester Winchester Shenandoah Valley History website, history of George Washington's military career in the 1750s
Glencoe Museum Radford Pulaski Blue Ridge Highlands Multiple Victorian-period historic house, exhibits of history of Southwest Virginia, gallery exhibits of contemporary Appalachian artists
Gloucester Museum of History Gloucester Gloucester Chesapeake Bay Local history website
Goochland County Museum Goochland Goochland Central Local history website, operated by the Goochland County Historical Society
Graffiti House Brandy Station Culpeper Northern Civil War Mid 19th-century that is notable because of the Civil War era graffiti on many of the walls
Grand Lodge Library, Museum & Cultural Foundation Richmond Richmond Central Masonic website, library and museum with Masonic artifacts representing Virginia Masonic history
Grant's Headquarters at City Point Museum Hopewell Hopewell Central Civil War Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield
Grayson Crossroads Museum Independence Grayson Blue Ridge Highlands Local history Part of the Historic 1908 Courthouse
Great Lakes to Florida Highway Museum Wytheville Wythe Blue Ridge Highlands Transportation website, history of Route 21, located in a historic gas station
Greater Reston Arts Center Reston Fairfax Northern Art website
Green Spring Alexandria Alexandria Northern Art Late 18th-century house with art exhibits, located in Green Spring Gardens Park
Greene County Historical Society Museum Stanardsville Greene Central Local history website
Gum Springs Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern African American website, operated by the Gum Springs Historical Society
Gunston Hall Mason Neck Fairfax Northern Historic house 18th-century mansion home of George Mason
Gwynn's Island Museum Gwynn's Island Mathews Chesapeake Bay Local history website
Haller-Gibboney Rock House Museum Wytheville Wythe Blue Ridge Highlands Historic house Period rooms reflect local life in the 19th and early 20th centuries
Hampton History Museum Hampton Hampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history website
Hampton Roads Naval Museum Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Maritime
Hampton University Museum Hampton Hampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art website, over 9,000 objects including African American fine arts, traditional African, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island, and Asian art, and objects relating to the history of Hampton University
Harmon's Museum Woodlawn Carroll Blue Ridge Highlands Local history Civil War artifacts, early coal mine relics, antique military guns, pioneer tools, early folk music memorabilia, Indian artifacts of Southwestern Virginia, Hillsville Courthouse Tragedy of 1912[20]
Harrison Museum of African American Culture Roanoke Roanoke Shenandoah Valley African American website, art and history of African Americans in Roanoke Valley, African and contemporary art
Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Firefighting website, located on the third floor of the Public Safety Building, includes uniforms, medals, equipment, fire alarms and photographs
Harry W. Meador Coal Museum Big Stone Gap Wise Heart of Appalachia Industry - coal website
Haymarket Museum Haymarket Prince William Northern Local history Located in the old town hall
Hazel Moon Resource Center Appomattox Appomattox Central Ethnic Artifacts of Hazel Moon, long time missionary to Africa[21]
Henricus Historical Park Chester Chesterfield Central Living Re-creating the second successful English settlement in the New World
Heritage Museum Dayton Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Local history website, home to the Harrisonburg Rockingham Historical Society
Heritage Farm Museum of Loudoun County Loudoun Loudon Northern Agriculture website, agriculture history, working farm exhibits, general store, children's play area
Hermitage Foundation Museum and Gardens Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Multiple website, early 20th-century historic house museum with an art collection and contemporary exhibition galleries, surrounded by twelve acres of formal gardens and natural woodlands, educational wetlands, a visual arts school and a studio artists program
Herndon ArtSpace Herndon Fairfax Northern Art Community art space and gallery
Herndon Depot Museum Herndon Fairfax Northern Railway Operated by the Herndon Historical Society, railroad and local history displays
Highland County Museum McDowell Highland Shenandoah Valley Local history Operated by the Highland County Historical Society in the Mansion House
Hill House Museum Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house website, 19th-century house with 19th and 20th century furniture and decorative items
Historic Blenheim Fairfax Fairfax Northern Historic house Operated by the City, features over 120 signatures, art, games, thoughts, and poetry left on the house walls by Union soldiers during their occupation of the Fairfax Court House area
Historic Huntley Hybla Valley Fairfax Northern Historic house Early 19th-century Federal-style villa and farm, operated by Fairfax County Park Authority
Historic Jamestown Jamestown James City Tidewater/Hampton Roads History History and artifacts of the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America
Historic Sandusky & Civil War Museum Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Civil War Historic house with exhibits about the Civil War
Historic St. Luke's Church Benns Church Isle of Wight Tidewater/Hampton Roads Religious Tours of the 17th-century church, its history, history of the Anglican church and Episcopal church in America
History Museum of Western Virginia Roanoke Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Local history website
Holland Page Place Palmyra Fluvanna Central Historic house website, post Civil War log cabin, operated by the Fluvanna County Historical Society
Hollingsworth Mill Winchester Winchester Shenandoah Valley Local history website, 19th-century mill with exhibits by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Hostetter Museum of Natural History Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Natural history website, located in the Suter Science Center of Eastern Mennonite University
Housewright House Buckingham Buckingham Central Local history website, owned and managed by Historic Buckingham
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Medical Owned and managed by Preservation Virginia
Hunt Gallery Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Art website, contemporary art gallery of Mary Baldwin College
Hunter House Victorian Museum Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Late Victorian period house and furnishings
Hupp’s Hill Cedar Creek Museum Strasburg Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Civil War website, located in Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park, history of the Battle of Cedar Creek; formerly the Stonewall Jackson Museum at Hupp's Hill
Ingles Ferry Radford Pulaski Blue Ridge Highlands Farm Working farm with structures dating to the 1700s
Isle of Wight County Museum Smithfield Isle of Wight Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history
Ivy Lodge Front Royal Warren Shenandoah Valley Local history website, headquarters of the Warren Heritage Society
James A. Fields House Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Associate with the development of the social and civic life of the African-American community in Newport News, open by appointment
James Madison Museum Orange Orange Central Presidential Life of James and Dolley Madison, agriculture and transportation in their era
James Madison University Galleries Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Art Includes the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art,[22] the Festival Conference and Student Center with the Lisanby Museum,[23] Prism Gallery and Prism International Gallery,[24] the New Image Gallery,[25] and artWorks Gallery[26]
James Madison University Mineral Museum Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Natural history website, over 550 crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world, located in Memorial Hall
James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Biographical Administered by the University of Mary Washington, President James Monroe's law office, personal and family artifacts
Jamestown Settlement Jamestown James City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Living
Jeff Matthews Memorial Museum Galax Grayson Blue Ridge Highlands Local history website, includes historic cabins dating back to 1834, Victorian fashions, over 10,000 Native American artifacts, African items, hunting trophies and guns
Jerry Falwell Museum Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Biographical website; part of Liberty University, life of Christian leader Jerry Falwell
JMU Meteorite Collection Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Geology website, located at James Madison University
John C. Wells Planetarium Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Astronomy Free public shows on Saturday
John Fox, Jr. Museum Big Stone Gap Wise Heart of Appalachia Biographical Late 19th-century home of author John Fox, Jr.
John Marshall House Richmond Richmond Central Historic house Owned and managed by Preservation Virginia
John Singleton Mosby Museum Warrenton Fauquier Northern Historic house Not open currently[19][27]
Josephine School Community Museum Berryville Clarke Shenandoah Valley African American History of Clarke County's African-American community
June Tolliver House & Folk Art Center Big Stone Gap Wise Heart of Appalachia Historic house
Kenmore Plantation Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Historic house Late 18th-century house of George Washington's sister
Ker Place Historical House Museum Onancock Accomack Eastern Shore History Circa 1800 Federal style house museum, operated by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society
Kilmarnock Museum Kilmarnock Lancaster Chesapeake Bay Local history [28]
King and Queen Courthouse Tavern Museum King and Queen Court House King and Queen Chesapeake Bay Local history website, operated by the King and Queen County Historical Society
King George County Historical Society Museum King George King George Chesapeake Bay Local history website
King William Historical Museum King William King William Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history website
Kinsale Museum Kinsale Westmoreland Chesapeake Bay Local history website, operated by the Kinsale Foundation
Kittiewan Plantation New Hope Charles City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Administered by the Archeological Society of Virginia
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Charlottesville Albemarle Central Art Part of the University of Virginia, indigenous Australian art
Langhorne House Danville Danville Southern Historic house Birthplace of Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor
L. E. Coleman African-American Museum Halifax Halifax Southern African American website
Lee Chapel Lexington Lexington Shenandoah Valley History Historic chapel with museum about the history of the Lee family and George Washington and Washington & Lee University
Lee-Fendall House Alexandria Alexandria Northern Historic house
Lee Hall Depot Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Railway website, proposed museum of local history
Lee Hall Mansion Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Mid 19th-century period house, used as a headquarters for Confederate generals during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862
Legacy Museum of African American History Lynchburg Lynchburg Central African American
Liberia Plantation Manassas Manassas Northern Historic house Open for tours by appointment
Liberty Biblical Museum Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Religious website; part of Liberty University, ancient artifacts from the Holy Land, rare Bibles and manuscripts
Liberty Heritage Society Museum Warrenton Fauquier Northern Local history Open by appointment[29]
Lightship Portsmouth Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads Maritime 1915 museum ship
Long Branch Plantation Millwood Clarke Shenandoah Valley Historic house 19th-century plantation home, displays about the history of the house and plantation, changing exhibits of local history
Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Farmville Prince Edward Northern Art website, museum of Longwood University, collections include art by Virginia and American artists, folk art, decorative arts, contemporary, Chinese and African art
Loudoun Museum Leesburg Loudoun Northern Local history website
Lovettsville Museum Lovettsville Loudoun Northern Local history website, operated by the Lovettsville Historical Society
Luray Caverns Luray Page Shenandoah Valley Multiple Show cave and attractions, including the Luray Valley Museum, Car and Carriage Caravan Museum and Toy Town Junction
Lyceum, Alexandria's History Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern Local history City history
Lynchburg Academy of Fine Arts Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Art website, arts center, includes the Ann White Academy Gallery and Art Up Front, located in the Academy of Music
Lynchburg Museum Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Local history City history, located in the old courthouse
Lynnhaven House Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Early 18th-century period house
MacArthur Memorial Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Biographical Tomb and museum about the life of General Douglas MacArthur
MacCallum More Museum & Gardens Chase City Mecklenburg Southern Local history Exhibits includes Native American arrowheads and artifacts, local history, 5-acre garden
Madison County Historical Society Museum Madison Madison Central Local history website
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site Richmond Richmond Central Biographical Life and work of Maggie L. Walker, the first woman to serve as president of a bank in the United States and her work for civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women
Magnolia Grange Chesterfield Chesterfield Central Historic house Operated by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, 1820s period plantation house
Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Art Part of Randolph College, American art dating from the 19th and 20th centuries
Manassas Museum Manassas Manassas Northern Local history website
Manassas National Battlefield Park Manassas Prince William Northern Civil War
Manassas Railway Depot Manassas Manassas Northern Railroad website, officially known as James & Marion Payne Memorial Railroad Heritage Gallery
Mariners' Museum Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Maritime
Marine Raider Museum MCB Quantico Prince William Northern Military History of Marine Raiders
The Marshall House Leesburg Loudoun Northern Biographical Also known as Gen. George C. Marshall House or Dodona Manor, restored 1950s-period home of soldier and statesman George Marshall
Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum Martinsville Henry Southern Local history website, operated by the Martinsville – Henry County Historical Society in the Historic Henry County Courthouse
Martinsville-Henry County Historical Museum Martinsville Henry Southern Local history [30]
Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library Lancaster Lancaster Chesapeake Bay Open-air
Mary Washington House Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Historic house 18th-century period house in which George Washington's mother, Mary Ball Washington, resided towards the end of her life
Matthews Living History Farm Museum Galax Grayson Blue Ridge Highlands Agriculture website, early 20th-century period 21 acre working farm museum
Maymont Richmond Richmond Central Multiple Historic mansion, carriage collection, arboretum and gardens, wildlife exhibits, children's farm and nature center
McCormick Observatory Charlottesville Albemarle Central Astronomy Open during public nights, features museum about the history of astromony
McGuffey Art Center Charlottesville Albemarle Central Art website, artist association with three galleries
Meadow Farm Museum Glen Allen Henrico Central Living 1860 living historical farm and museum, operated by the Henrico County Parks & Recreation Department
Meadowbrook Museum [31] Shawsville Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Local history Branch of the Montgomery Museum
Menokin Warsaw Richmond Chesapeake Bay Historic house Ruins of historic house, visitor center focuses on the history of the property and conservation efforts
Middlesex County Museum (Virginia) Saluda Middlesex Chesapeake Bay Local history website
Miles B. Carpenter Folk Art Museum Waverly Sussex Central Art Folk art carvings, includes Peanut Museum about the area peanut industry
Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Aviation Features restored warbirds from around the world
Mill House Museum Occoquan Prince William Northern Local history website, operated by the Occoquan Historical Society
Miller-Kite House Elkton Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Historic house 19th-century house used by Stonewall Jackson as headquarters in 1862, operated by the Elkton Historical Society
Monacan Ancestral Museum Amherst Amherst Central Native American website, history and culture of the Monacan people
Monroe Park Gold Mining Camp Museum Goldvein Fauquier Northern Industry - gold mining website
Montgomery Museum Christiansburg Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Multiple website, full name Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, local history and regional art exhibitions
Monticello Charlottesville Albemarle Central Presidential home Estate of Thomas Jefferson
Montpelier Orange Orange Central Presidential home Estate of James Madison
Morattico Waterfront Museum Morattico Lancaster Chesapeake Bay Local history website, fishing, crabbing, farming, a general store display, Native Americans
Morefield Mine Amelia Amelia Central Industry - mining website, active tourist mine known for mica, tantalite, amazonite, and massive topaz
Morven Park Leesburg Loudoun Northern Historic house Includes the early 20th-century period Westmoreland Davis Mansion. the Winmill Carriage Museum and the Museum of Hounds and Hunting
Moses Myers House Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Early 19th-century period home of a prosperous Jewish merchant and his family, owned by the Chrysler Museum of Art
Mount Jackson Museum Mount Jackson Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Local history Located in the Town Center[32]
Mount Vernon Mount Vernon Fairfax Northern Historic house Estate of George Washington
Muscarelle Museum of Art Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art Part of The College of William & Mary
Museum at Colonial Beach Colonial Beach Westmoreland Chesapeake Bay Local history Operated by the Colonial Beach Historical Society[33]
Museum of Bank History at Suntrust Bank Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Industry - Banking [2]
Museum of Charlotte County Charlotte Court House Charlotte Southern Local history website, located in the former county jail
Museum of Chincoteague Island Chincoteague Accomack Eastern Shore Local history
Museum of Culpeper History Culpeper Culpeper Northern Local history website
Museum of Geosciences Blacksburg Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Natural history website, part of Virginia Tech, gems, minerals, rocks, fossils
Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America Leesburg Loudoun Northern Sports Located at Morven Park, art and artifacts about foxhunting
Museum of Military History Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads Military Private museum of military artifacts, pictures, weapons and other memorabilia[34][35]
Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Appomattox Appomattox Central Civil War Operated by the American Civil War Museum, stories of the closing days of the Civil War and the beginnings of our country’s journey toward reuniting as Americans
Museum of the Middle Appalachians Saltville Smyth Blue Ridge Highlands Local history website, history, natural history, Native Americans, Civil War exhibits
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Winchester Winchester Shenandoah Valley Multiple Historic Glen Burnie house, art collection, decorative arts, gardens
NASA Visitor Center Wallops Island Accomack Tidewater/Hampton Roads Aerospace Adjacent to Wallops Flight Facility
National Capitol Squadron Brandy Station Culpeper Northern Transportation - Aviation website, Commemorative Air Force display of a fleet of aircraft known as the Ghost Squadron, located at Culpeper Regional Airport
National Civil War Chaplains Museum Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Military website; on the campus of Liberty University, role of chaplains, priests, rabbis and religious organizations in the Civil War
National Firearms Museum Fairfax Fairfax Northern Weaponry Located at the headquarters of the National Rifle Association
National Inventors Hall of Fame Alexandria Alexandria Northern Technology American inventions, inventors, patent and trademark systems, located in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
National Museum of the Civil War Soldier Petersburg Petersburg Central Military Part of Pamplin Historical Park, history of the 3 million soldiers who served during the American Civil War
National Museum of the Marine Corps Triangle Prince William Northern Military
National Sporting Library & Museum Middleburg Loudoun Northern Art Hosts art exhibitions related to horses and field sports
Nauticus Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Science Also the home of the USS Wisconsin
Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads African American
Newtown History Center Stephens City Frederick Shenandoah Valley Local history website
Norfolk History Museum at the Willoughby-Baylor House Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history Owned by Chrysler Museum of Art, city history, decorative arts, maritime and military heritage
Norfolk Southern Museum Norfolk Norfolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Railway History and artifacts of Norfolk Southern Railway, includes sections of Civil War-era track, vintage hand tools, and diagrams to teach hand signals to railroad trainees, located in the Norfolk Southern Tower
North Bend Plantation Charles City Charles City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house
Northampton County Court Green Eastville Northampton Eastern Shore Open-air Open seasonally, operated by the Northampton Historic Preservation Society, restored 1731 courthouse, clerk's office and 1814 debtor's prison
Northern Neck Farm Museum Heathsville Northumberland Chesapeake Bay Agriculture website
Nyumba Ya Tausi-Peacock Museum Bristol Bristol Blue Ridge Highlands African American African American artifacts, local black memorabilia, slavery, and family heirlooms, housed in a building that once served as the home of an ex-slave[36][37]
Oakland: Nelson County's Museum of History Lovingston Nelson Central Local history Cornerstone of museum is Oakland House, once Mitchell’s Brick House Tavern, operated by the Nelson County Historical Society
Oatlands Plantation Leesburg Loudoun Northern Historic house 19th-century mansion
Occoneechee State Park Clarksville Mecklenburg Southern Native American Visitor center features Native American history, a living hut and artifacts
Old City Cemetery Museums Lynchburg Lynchburg Central History Five museums: Hearse House and Caretakers’ Museum about the cemetery and funerals, Pest House Medical Museum about its use as a hospital in the Civil War, Station House Museum with railroad artifacts, Mourning Museum about mourning artifacts and customs, Chapel and Columbarium about the religious leaders buried in the cemetery
Old Coast Guard Station Museum Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Military Depicts this Coast Guard Station's life-saving activities & history as well as the many ship-wrecks off the Virginia coast.
Old Court House Civil War Museum Winchester Winchester Shenandoah Valley Civil War
Old Cranks Motorcar Museum Galax Galax Blue Ridge Highlands Transportation - Automotive website
Old Jail Museum Louisa Louisa Central Jail website, operated by the Louisa County Historical Society, 19th-century jail adjacent to the Louisa County Courthouse
Old Stone Jail Museum Palmyra Fluvanna Central Local history website, operated by the Fluvanna County Historical Society
Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex Chatham Pittsylvania Southern Agriculture website, includes exhibits from the National Tobacco-Textile Museum
O. Winston Link Museum Roanoke Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Photography Railroad photographs
Page County Heritage Association Museums Luray Page Shenandoah Valley History website, open the 1st Saturday of the month from May through September, includes the Calendine Museum, Hamburg Country Store, Mauck's Meetinghouse, Massanutten School
Pamplin Historical Park Petersburg Petersburg Central Living Includes National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, three other museums, four historic buildings, civilian and military living history programs, and guided tours of the Breakthrough Battlefield and Tudor Hall Plantation
Pamunkey Indian Museum King William King William Tidewater/Hampton Roads Native American Information on the Pamunkey people, their history and way of life
Patrick County Historical Society Museum Stuart Patrick Blue Ridge Highlands Local history website
Pear Valley Eastville Northampton Eastern Shore Historic house 18th-century one room yeoman's cottage, open by appointment
Peninsula Fine Arts Center Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art
Petersburg National Battlefield Petersburg Petersburg Central Civil War Visitor centers in Petersburg, Hopewell and Dinwiddie
Philpott Lake Visitor Center Bassett Henry Southern Natural history [38]
Piedmont Arts Martinsville Henry Southern Art Visual and performing arts center, features museum with exhibitions by international, national and regional artists in its seven galleries
Piney Grove at Southall's Plantation Charles City Charles City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house
Plains District Memorial Museum Timberville Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Local history website
Pleasant Grove (Palmyra, Virginia) Palmyra Fluvanna Central Historic house 19th-century home with displays of local history, agriculture
Plumb House Museum Waynesboro Waynesboro Shenandoah Valley Historic house
Pocahontas Exhibition Coal Mine and Museum Pocahontas Tazewell Heart of Appalachia Industry - Mining Historic coal mine and equipment
Pocahontas State Park Chesterfield Chesterfield Central History Includes Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, dedicated to the Depression-era workers who helped build the state park system
Poe Museum Richmond Richmond Central Biographical Life and career of author Edgar Allan Poe, and focusing on his many years in Richmond
Point of Honor Lynchburg Lynchburg Central Historic house Early 19th-century period house, exhibits about Lynchburg's history
Pope-Leighey House Alexandria Alexandria Northern Historic house Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, now on the site of the Woodlawn Plantation
Poplar Forest Forest Bedford Central Historic house Early 19th-century plantation and plantation retreat house of Thomas Jefferson
Poquoson Museum Poquoson York Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history http://www.poquosonmuseum.com/ website]
Port Republic Museum Port Republic Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Local history website, operated by the Society of Port Republic Preservationists
Port Royal Museum of History Port Royal Caroline Northern Local history website
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art website, located in the Portsmouth Courthouse
Portsmouth Community Colored Library Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads African-American Area African-American history
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads Maritime Includes the Lightship Portsmouth
Prestwould Clarksville Mecklenburg Southern Historic house
Prince George County Regional Heritage Center Prince George Prince George Central Local history website, operated by the Prince George County Historical Society
Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads African-American website, history of the first high school for African Americans in Princess Anne County; open by appointment
Radford University Art Museum Radford Radford Blue Ridge Highlands Art website, comprises five gallery spaces: The Art Museum at the Covington Center, Gallery 205 in Porterfield Hall, the Art Museum Downtown, and two satellite galleries located in Muse Hall and Tyler Hall
Radford University Museum of the Earth Sciences Radford Radford Blue Ridge Highlands Natural history website, fossils, gems, minerals
Ralph Stanley Museum Clintwood Dickenson Heart of Appalachia Music Combines the career of Dr. Ralph Edmond Stanley with the history of traditional mountain music
Rapidan Camp Madison Central Historic house Restored 1929-period summer retreat established by President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover, located within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park
Ratcliffe-Allison House Fairfax Fairfax Northern Historic house website
Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum Pulaski Pulaski Blue Ridge Highlands Local history Located in a historic depot[39]
Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial Brookneal Charlotte Central Open-air Reconstructed home, law office and museum about Patrick Henry
Reedville Fisherman's Museum Reedville Northumberland Chesapeake Bay Maritime Open-air museum of local maritime industry
Reston Museum Reston Fairfax Northern Local history website
Reuel B. Pritchett Museum Bridgewater Rockingham Shenandoah Valley History Part of the Alexander Mack Library at Bridgewater College, artifacts from the American Civil War, Native-Americans, pioneer life, coins, weapons, bibles, bottles & glassware and more[40]
Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion Lexington Lexington Shenandoah Valley Art website, part of Washington and Lee University, Asian art and ceramics, also includes Japanese Tea Room
Reynolds Homestead Critz Patrick Blue Ridge Highlands Historic house 19th-century period boyhood home of R.J. Reynolds, operated by Virginia Tech
Richmond County Museum Warsaw Richmond Chesapeake Bay Local history website
Richmond National Battlefield Park Richmond Richmond Central Civil War Commemorates over 30 American Civil War sites around Richmond
Richmond Railroad Museum Richmond Richmond Central Railroad Includes a station master's office, freight room with railroad artifacts and exhibits, an HO scale model railroad, a steam saddle locomotive, baggage car and caboose, along with track cars, signals and other railroad artifacts
Riddick's Folly Suffolk Suffolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house website
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Media
Rippon Lodge Woodbridge Prince William Northern Historic house
Rising Sun Tavern Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Historic house Late 18th-century period tavern
Roaring Twenties Antique Car Museum Hood Madison Central Transportation - Automotive Automobiles from 1904 to 1948, including a Hupmobile, Nash, Packard and a Carter Electric Motorette[41]
Robert Russa Moton Museum Farmville Prince Edward Central History Civil rights and segregation
Robert Thomas Carriage Museum Blackstone Nottoway Northern Transportation website, restored horse drawn vehicles including pleasure vehicles, a hearse, sleigh, surreys, wagons and buggies[14]
Rochelle-Prince House Courtland Southampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Operated by the Southampton County Historical Society
Rosewell Plantation Gloucester Gloucester Chesapeake Bay Historic site Ruins of plantation house with archaeological artifacts on exhibit
R.R. Smith Center for History and Art Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Multiple website, home of the Augusta County Historical Society, Historic Staunton Foundation, Staunton Augusta Art Center, exhibition galleries of history and art
Rucker's Communication Museum Martinsville Henry Southern Technology Telephones and the history of telecommunications, located inside Rucker's Antique Emporium and Auction House[42]
Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park Rice Amelia Central Military Includes visitor center about the Civil War battle
Salem Museum Salem Salem Shenandoah Valley Local history Located in the Williams-Brown House and Store
Sanders House Bluefield Tazewell Heart of Appalachia Historic house Late 19th-century house, operated by the Graham Historical Society
Sargeant Museum Louisa Louisa Central Local history website, operated by the Louisa County Historical Society
Schoolhouse Museum Smithfield Isle of Wight Tidewater/Hampton Roads Schoolhouse website, one room schoolhouse for African-American children
Schwartz Tavern Blackstone Nottoway Northern History Restored tavern dating to 1798
Science Museum of Virginia Richmond Richmond Central Science
Science Museum of Western Virginia Roanoke Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Science Website
Scotchtown (plantation) Ashland Hanover Central Historic house Owned and managed by Preservation Virginia
Scottsville Museum Scottsville Albemarle Central Local history website
Second Street Gallery Charlottesville Albemarle Central Art website, nonprofit contemporary artspace
Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia Atkins Smyth Blue Ridge Highlands Living website
Shenandoah Courthouse Museum Woodstock Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Local history Operated by the Shenandoah County Historical Society
Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum Mount Olive Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Historic house website, operated by Hottel-Keller Memorial Association, 18th-century Keller Homestead
Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at The Edinburg Mill Edinburg Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Local history Located in a restored 19th-century grist mill
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Winchester Winchester Shenandoah Valley Children's website
Sherwood Forest Plantation Charles City Charles City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Presidential home Home of President John Tyler
Shirley Plantation Charles City Charles City Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house
Sidney E. King Arts Center Bowling Green Caroline Northern Multiple website, operated by the Bowling Green Arts Commission, community art center, includes local history displays by the Caroline Historical Society[43]
Siege Museum Petersburg Petersburg Central Civil War City history and history of the Siege of Petersburg
Simpson Funeral Museum Chatham Pittsylvania Southern History website, history of burials and burying practices, includes hearses, coffins, presidential caskets, vaults, antique embalming room and regalia
Smithfield Plantation Blacksburg Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Living Late 18th-century plantation furnished with eighteenth and nineteenth century Decorative arts furniture, portraits, museum of archaeological finds on site
Smith's Fort Plantation Surry Surry Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Owned and managed by Preservation Virginia
Smyth County Historical and Museum Society Marion Smyth Blue Ridge Highlands Local history [44]
Southampton Agriculture and Forestry Museum Courtland Southampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Industry website, operated by the Southampton County Historical Society, farm life and area lumber industry
South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts & History South Boston Halifax Southern Multiple website, local history, Native Americans, art
South Hill Model Railroad Museum South Hill Mecklenburg Southern Toy Located in restored South Hill Depot, HO model trains and local train information; location also houses the Virginia S. Evans Doll Museum[45]
Southwest Virginia Museum Big Stone Gap Wise Heart of Appalachia Local history History, culture and industry of Southwest Virginia
Spotsylvania County Museum Spotsylvania Spotsylvania Northern Local history website
Springfield Rosseechee Museum Clarksville Mecklenburg Southern Native American [46]
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum Alexandria Alexandria Northern Medical Apothecary and store dating back to 1805
Stage Door Gallery Cape Charles Northampton Eastern Shore Art
Star Museum Abingdon Washington Blue Ridge Highlands Media Movie star memorabilia[47]
Staunton River Battlefield State Park Clover Halifax Southern History Two visitor centers, exhibits on the American Civil War, Native Americans, railroads, production of electric energy
Steamboat Era Museum Irvington Lancaster Chesapeake Bay Maritime website, history of the steamboat era on the Chesapeake Bay from 1813 until 1937
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Chantilly Fairfax Northern Aerospace Part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - located at Washington Dulles International Airport
St. James' House Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern Historic house website, 18th-century house, headquarters for Washington Heritage Museums, open Garden Week in April, the first full week in October and by appointment for group tours
Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum Winchester Winchester Shenandoah Valley Civil War
Stonewall Jackson House Lexington Lexington Shenandoah Valley Biographical
Strasburg Museum Strasburg Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Local history Local railroad and pottery industry exhibits
Stratford Hall Plantation Stratford Westmoreland Chesapeake Bay Historic house Home of four generations of the Lee family of Virginia and birthplace of Robert E. Lee
Suffolk Art Gallery Suffolk Suffolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art website, community art gallery, operated by the Suffolk Art League
Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum Suffolk Suffolk Tidewater/Hampton Roads Railway website, owned and operated by the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society
Sully Historic Site Chantilly Fairfax Northern Historic house Early 19th-century Lee family house, includes original outbuildings, representative slave quarter and gardens
Surry County VA Historical Society & Museums Surry Surry Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history [48]
Sweet Briar College Art Galleries Sweet Briar Amherst Central Art website, includes the Pannell Gallery and two satellite galleries
Tangier History Museum & Interpretive Cultural Center Tangier Island Accomack Eastern Shore Local history website
Taubman Museum of Art Roanoke Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Art Formerly the Art Museum of Western Virginia, focus is American art, particularly Western Virginia and the Appalachian region
This Century Art Gallery Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art website, contemporary paintings, sculpture and crafts by regional and national artists
Thomas J. Boyd Museum Wytheville Wythe Blue Ridge Highlands Local history website
Thomas James Store Mathews Court House Mathews Chesapeake Bay History Preserved mercantile store, operated by the Mathews County Historical Society
Tobacco Farm Life Museum of Virginia South Hill Mecklenburg Southern Industry - Tobacco Area tobacco farming [45][49]
Tompkins Cottage Mathews Mathews Chesapeake Bay Historic house website, operated by the Matthews County Historical Society
Torpedo Factory Art Center Alexandria Alexandria Northern Art A member-artist run co-op space with three floors of open studios and galleries
Tredegar Iron Works Richmond Richmond Central Multiple Visitor's center has exhibits about the Civil War, the foundry and rolling mill, and local history
Tuckahoe Plantation Manakin Goochland Central Historic house Boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson
United States Army Women's Museum Fort Lee Prince George Northern Military
United States National Slavery Museum Fredericksburg Fredericksburg Northern History Planned museum
University of Richmond Museums Richmond Richmond Central Multiple website, includes the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center
University of Virginia Galleries Charlottesville Albemarle Central Art website, includes the Ruffin Gallery for contemporary art, history exhibits at the Harrison Institute, The Niche moving image exhibition project in the Fine Arts Library, John P. and Stephanie F. Connaughton Gallery for student work in the McIntire School of Commerce
Upper Wolfsnare Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Historic house Mid-18th-century brick home, open for tours on a limited basis by the Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum Fort Lee Prince George Central Military
U.S. Army Transportation Museum Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Transportation Located at Fort Eustis
UVa Computer Museum Charlottesville Albemarle Central Technology website, part of University of Virginia, located in the 5th floor atrium of Rice Hall
The Valentine Richmond Richmond Central Local history Richmond's history, culture and government, sculptures from Edward V. Valentine and the 1812 John Wickham House
Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Religious website, life and faith practices of Mennonites and Brethren through tours of an early 1800s log house, a Civil War era Burkholder-Myers House, wash house, blacksmith shop, and one room school and meetinghouse
Valley Turnpike Museum Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Local history website, history and heritage of US Route 11, aka The Valley Turnpike, located in the Hardesty-Higgins House with the city's visitor center
Vietnam War Foundation Museum Ruckersville Greene Central Military website, open by appointment, includes Vietnam War-era trucks, aircraft, jeeps, APCs, memorabilia, Viet Cong artifacts, weapons, and civilian and “peace” symbols
Violet Bank Museum Colonial Heights Colonial Heights Central Historic house 1815 to 1873 period estate house, features Civil War artifacts, General Lee's headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg
Vinton Historical Society and Museum Vinton Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Local history [50]
Virginia Air and Space Center Hampton Hampton Tidewater/Hampton Roads Aerospace Space explorations, NASA and Air Force aircraft and technology
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Natural history Formerly known as the Virginia Marine Science Museum, aquarium and marine science exhibits
Virginia Aviation Museum Richmond Richmond Central Aviation
Virginia Discovery Museum Charlottesville Albemarle Central Children's Exhibits on the arts, sciences, humanities, history and nature
Virginia's Executive Mansion Richmond Richmond Central Historic house Has served as the home of Virginia governors and their families since 1813, tours at specific times and days of the week
Virginia Historical Society Richmond Richmond Central History
Virginia Holocaust Museum Richmond Richmond Central Holocaust
Virginia House Richmond Richmond Central Historic house Operated by the Virginia Historical Society, 1920s English Tudor house
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Visitor Center and Aquarium Gloucester Point Gloucester Chesapeake Bay Natural history Marine life and oceanography
Virginia Living Museum Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Natural history Virginia's natural history and ecosystems, live mammals, fish, reptiles and birds
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Tidewater/Hampton Roads Art Focuses on 20th-century art with changing exhibitions of American & international artists.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Richmond Richmond Central Art Encyclopedic collection of 33,000 works of art from almost every major world culture
Virginia Museum of Natural History Martinsville Henry Southern Natural history Virginia's natural heritage
Virginia Museum of the Civil War New Market Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Civil War Located in New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, history of Virginia in the Civil War, includes Bushong Farm
Virginia Museum of Transportation Roanoke Roanoke Shenandoah Valley Transportation Trains, planes, automobiles
Virginia Musical Museum Williamsburg Williamsburg Tidewater/Hampton Roads Music Includes rare, antique musical instruments, phonographs and personal items from Virginia musicians
Virginia Quilt Museum Harrisonburg Rockingham Shenandoah Valley Textile website, exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary quilts are changed quarterly, located in the historic Warren-Sipe House
Virginia Randolph Cottage Glen Allen Henrico Central Biographical Legacy of African-American education Virginia Randolph
Virginia S. Evans Doll Museum South Hill Mecklenburg Southern Toy Located in restored South Hill Depot, which also houses the South Hill Model Railroad Museum[45]
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Portsmouth Portsmouth Tidewater/Hampton Roads Hall of Fame - Sports
Virginia State Capitol Richmond Richmond Central State capitol
Virginia Tech Galleries Blacksburg Montgomery Blue Ridge Highlands Art website, includes the Armory Gallery, gallery in the Holtzman Alumni Center, Norris Hall Art Gallery, Perspective Gallery in the Squires Student Center, Moss Arts Center with three visual arts galleries
Virginia War Museum Newport News Newport News Tidewater/Hampton Roads Military Documents American military history from 1775 to the present
Visual Arts Center of Richmond Richmond Richmond Central Art Visual art gallery and performing arts center
VMI Museum Lexington Lexington Shenandoah Valley Military website, history of Virginia Military Institute
Walter Reed Birthplace Gloucester Gloucester Chesapeake Bay Historic house Operated by appointment with the Gloucester Preservation Foundation
Walton's Mountain Museum Schuyler Nelson Central Media website, replicas of house and settings from The Waltons television show
Warren Rifles Confederate Museum Front Royal Warren Shenandoah Valley Civil War website, operated by the Warren Rifles Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy
Watermen's Museum Yorktown York Tidewater/Hampton Roads Maritime website, fishing and boating history of Yorktown
Waynesboro African-American Museum Waynesboro Waynesboro Shenandoah Valley African American Open by appointment[51]
Waynesboro Heritage Museum Waynesboro Waynesboro Shenandoah Valley Local history website, operated by the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation
Weems–Botts Museum Dumfries Prince William Northern Local history
Westmoreland County Museum Montross Westmoreland Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history website
Weston Manor Hopewell Hopewell Central Historic house 18th-century plantation house
Weston Farmstead Casanova Fauquier Northern Historic house 19th-century farmstead
White House and Museum of the Confederacy Richmond Richmond Central Civil War
White Oak Civil War Museum Falmouth Stafford Northern Civil War [52]
White's Mill Abingdon Washington Blue Ridge Highlands Mill Late 18-century grist mill
Wickham House Richmond Richmond Central Historic house Operated by The Valentine, early 19th-century house
Wilderness Road Regional Museum Newbern Pulaski Blue Ridge Highlands Open-air website, owned and operated by the New River Historical Society
William King Museum of Art Abingdon Washington Blue Ridge Highlands Art Exhibits of fine world art, contemporary regional art and cultural heritage
Wilton House Museum Richmond Richmond Central Historic house 18th-century house with rotating exhibitions, 18th and 19th-century period rooms, regular programs and events
Winmill Carriage Museum Leesburg Loudoun Northern Transportation Located at Morven Park, horse-drawn vehicles including antique coaches, carriages, sleds and carts
Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum Stuart Patrick Blue Ridge Highlands Native American [53]
Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum Bastian Bland Blue Ridge Highlands Native American Reconstruction of a Native American village, approximately dating from 1480-1520
Women in Military Service for America Memorial Arlington Arlington Northern Military Includes museum with exhibits on women in the military and military history
Wood Brothers Racing Museum Stuart Patrick Blue Ridge Highlands Sports website
Woodlawn Plantation Alexandria Alexandria Northern Historic house
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum Staunton Staunton Shenandoah Valley Presidential home Birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson
Woodstock Museum of Shenandoah County Virginia Woodstock Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Local history County history, domestic artifacts, decorative arts, 18th-century log Wickham House
Workhouse Arts Center Lorton Fairfax Northern Art Visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as arts education programs
Wythe County African-American Heritage Museum Wytheville Wythe Blue Ridge Highlands African-American website
Yorktown Battlefield Yorktown York Tidewater/Hampton Roads History Part of Colonial National Historical Park, includes the Yorktown Visitor Center with exhibits about the Battle of Yorktown (1781), the early 18th-century Nelson House and the Moore House where surrender negotiations occurred
York County Historical Museum Yorktown York Tidewater/Hampton Roads Local history website
Yorktown Victory Center Yorktown York Tidewater/Hampton Roads Living website, America’s evolution from colonial status to nationhood, includes re-created Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm

Defunct museums[edit]

Regions of Virginia[edit]

As defined by Virginia Tourism site

  • Central: Altavista, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Blackstone, Charlottesville, Chester, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Farmville, Fort Lee, Glen Allen, Goochland, Gordonsville, Hampden-Sydney, Hood, Hopewell, Louisa, Lynchburg, Mineral, Orange, Palmyra, Pamplin, Petersburg, Piney River, Powhatan, Richmond, Schuyler, Scottsville.
  • Chesapeake Bay region: Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King George, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland
  • Northern: Alexandria, Arlington, Brandy Station, Chantilly, Crewe, Culpeper, Dumfries, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falmouth, Fredericksburg, Goldvein, Gum Springs, Haymarket, Herndon, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Manassas, McLean, Middleburg, Mount Vernon, Occoquan, Potomac Mills, Reston, Spotsylvania, Sterling, Vienna, Warrenton, Woodford, White Post.
  • Tidewater/Hampton Roads: Chesapeake, Courtland, Fort Monroe, Hampton, Jamestown, King William, Montross, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Surry, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Yorktown and Chincoteague/Assateague on the Eastern Shore.
  • Shenandoah Valley: Boyce, Bridgewater, Clifton Forge, Dayton, Edinburg, Elkton, Fincastle, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Luray, McDowell, Middletown, Millwood, Monterey, Mount Jackson, Natural Bridge, New Castle, Port Republic, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, Steeles Tavern, Stephens City, Strasburg, Timberville, Waynesboro, Winchester, Woodstock.
  • Southern: Clarksville, Danville, Gretna, Halifax, Martinsville, South Boston, South Hill.
  • Blue Ridge Highlands: Abingdon, Ararat, Atkins, Bastian, Blacksburg, Bland, Bristol, Cana, Christianburg, Ferrum, Galax, Hillsville, Marion, Newbern, Pearlsburg, Pulaski, Saltville, Stuart, Radford, Woodlawn, Wytheville.

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