Welcome to the Salem Museum & Historical Society

Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 to 4:00, and Saturday 10:00 to 3:00. The Museum is closed on the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and typically some of the days between Christmas and New Year’s. As a general rule, if the City of Salem Schools are closed for inclement weather, the Museum does not open.

Logan Research Library public hours: Fridays, 11 to 3. Other times by chance or appointment.

Welcome to the website of the Salem Museum and Historical Society! We hope you will find it a valuable resource not only for information about our Museum, but also about the rich history of Salem and the Roanoke Valley of Virginia. If you have ever been curious about what was here before us, we’ve got some of the answers–come spend some time exploring the local past!

Since 1970, the Salem Historical Society has been dedicated to the mission of “preserving the past, informing the future.” Located since 1992 in the Williams-Brown House (built 1845), and since 2010 in our state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive addition, the Salem Museum is a vital part of our community. Enjoy your visit to our website and come back often–but we’d also love to welcome you in person at our Museum!

801 East Main Street
Salem, Virginia 24153
(540) 389-6760


Tuesday – Friday, 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm

Admission – Free (donations gratefully accepted!)

From I-81, take exit 140 and bear right on Thompson Memorial Blvd. At Main Street (US 460) turn left. Go .3 mile; the Salem Museum is located at the top of the hill on the left.