Inclement Weather Policy
The Museum closes if Salem City Schools are closed. Check here for closing information.

Holiday Hours
Christmas: Closed Sunday, December 24 through Tuesday, December 26.
New Years: Closed Sunday, December 31 through Tuesday, January 2.

American FlyerToys of Christmas Past
Through January 13, 2018
Before all the networked, electronic toys of today, children enjoyed the dolls, games, and building blocks of a simpler era. This holiday season, bring your children–or just come yourself–to see and play with toys which date back 50, 70, or even 100 years! We will have an American Flyer model train layout featuring vintage trains and a holiday-themed village from the 1950s, courtesy of Assistant Director Alex Burke and Jim Burke. Toys are from our collection and on loan from our members. Come play!

Deadline to Order Brick Pavers for Engraving for Spring
Friday, April 20, 2018
Engraved brick pavers create a lasting legacy. Add your name, or the name of someone special to you in our Main Walkway or Veterans’ Plaza. Each engraved brick paver is $150, which includes the cost of the paver, the engraving, and a donation to the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Your gift ensures that both your legacy—and our community’s rich history—are preserved for future generations. Download a form to place your order.


football 11Hallowed Halls: Roanoke College’s 175 Years
Through March 10, 2018
Generously sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners

Hallowed Halls: Roanoke College’s 175 Years is a new feature main gallery exhibit that looks back at one of Salem’s oldest and most influential institutions. The exhibit traces Roanoke College’s history from its earliest days arriving in Salem in a wagon, through the struggles of war and cultural revolutions, to the institution it is today. Guests will learn about the growth of the campus, the student body, athletics, and the PNFP Logo-2C-black & blueacademic experience—and the presidents who led the way. The exhibit was curated by Museum Assistant Director Alex Burke—a 2016 graduate of Roanoke College—with assistance from Linda Miller, Roanoke College’s archivist.

Hometown Treasure: 25 Years of the Salem Museum
JIMG_2329oin us in celebrating 25 years of the Salem Museum, with our new hands-on exhibit Hometown Treasure! Take a look back at the historic buildings we’ve saved, and some of the artifacts we’ve collected over the years. Some of these objects don’t get out much, like a five-foot tall Valleydale Pig mascot, an antique embalming table from Oakey’s, Underwood typewriters, and a military uniforms from WWI. Some of these artifacts can be touched, just please be gentle!

For those who are curious about museum operations, the exhibit also explains some of the behind-the-scenes procedures that go into curating, preserving, and storing objects, and how information about them is recorded and is able to be searched.

SherwoodMost of all, we are celebrating all of the people who made this dream a reality going back to the founding of Save Old Salem in 1970, and the opening of the Museum on June 27, 1992. So many people have given so generously of their time, financial resources, and the heirlooms in their attics to make this Museum the treasure that it is today.

This exhibit is made possible through the support of the Museum’s members, volunteers and donors. The lead exhibit designer is Alex Burke, the Museum’s Assistant Director. Special thanks to Sherwood Memorial Park for its generous sponsorship. Admission is free.

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About the Salem Museum & Historical Society
The Salem Museum & Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization preserving and celebrating the history of Salem, Virginia, founded in 1802, and the surrounding areas.

White Oak Tea Tavern at Preston Place
The White Oak Tea Tavern is a destination restaurant previously located in Troutville, Va., and well-known for its lunches, scones and bagels, gift shop and—most especially—its teas. The Tea Tavern is located in Salem at 1936 W. Main St. in Preston Place, the historic home owned and restored by the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Open Mondays– Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. 540-387-3000.