Events & Activities

The Salem Museum Speaker Series
Cool Off with an Antarctic Adventure!
Monday, August 19 at 7 pm

Judith Painter, an eighth grade geography teacher at Andrew Lewis Middle School, was one of just 40 educators worldwide chosen last year for a prestigious honor—and a remarkable opportunity! As a Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, she was awarded a trip to Antarctica, giving her direct, hands-on field experience to share in her classroom and with the community. Painter will introduce the wildlife she encountered—penguins, whales, and albatross—and share the wonder of the polar landscape.  Her talk will include the story of humans in Antarctica throughout history. Learn about the whaling outposts, Cape Horn, the Yahgan, the Antarctic stations, and the loss of the Larsen ice shelf and others. In addition to teaching, Painter is a member of the Museum’s Board of Directors. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Up in Flames: Fighting Fire in Salem
Exhibit continues through August 31

This summer, the Salem Museum is featuring a special exhibit to celebrate Salem’s firefighters. Up in Flames: Fighting Fire in Salem will showcase both the Salem Fire-EMS Department and the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Salem office. The exhibit is made possible by the City of Salem Fire-EMS Department; the Virginia Department of Forestry; Firehouse Subs, W. Main St, Salem; Summit Helicopters, Inc.; Fire Equipment Company, Inc.; and Roger Rakes: Allstate Insurance.

Salem’s firefighters have long struggled to save lives and property from structural fires and wildfires. This interactive, family-friendly exhibit explores the history of the Salem Fire Department—from the first bucket brigades to today’s modern fire trucks—along with some of the homes and other structures that have caught fire throughout Salem’s history. Aspiring firefighters can try on the gear that firefighters wear to keep them safe in the worst situations.

The Salem Fire-EMS Department dates back to 1854. The exhibit  shares the department’s history as well as the advances in fire-fighting equipment technology. Significant fires from Salem’s past, such as Longwood Mansion and Salem High School, are included.

The exhibit also documents the changes that the Virginia Department of Forestry, with its office in Salem, has undergone over the years. Rangers no longer wait in towers scanning the horizon for smoke in the forests surrounding Salem. Techniques and technology to detect and battle wildfires have become increasingly sophisticated. Smokey Bear, the national mascot for wildfire prevention, is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, and is also featured.

Hometown Teams/Hometown Champions!
Saturday, September 21, 10 am to 4 pm: Opening Day for two special new exhibits:

  • “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, “Hometown Teams” captures the stories that unfold on fields and courts: the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. Sports are everywhere in America. Through January 4, 2020.
  • 1964 Andrew Lewis High School State Champion Football Team

    Salem Champions Celebration Gallery. Salem, Virginia is the City of Champions and Virginia’s Championship City! The new, permanent gallery will include local team and individual champions in many fields: athletics, academics, the arts, and civic and professional life. Read more…