Events & Activities

Our Christmas Train rolls again!

It’s just not Christmas without a model train! Alex Burke, our assistant director, and his father Jim Burke, are once again graciously sharing Jim’s childhood set with all of our visitors! Come see this vintage American Flyer layout that takes you back to the 1950s and ’60s to visit the charming village of “Plasticville.” Kids can blow the whistle!

New this year: the Plasticville Airport, and a WWII-era plane has just landed! In addition to the trains and buildings of all sorts, there’s an interesting cast of little characters, playing in the snow–some in ways you wouldn’t expect! Pick up a scavenger hunt to help you find all the fun!

Holiday Closings:
–Sunday, December 22 through Thursday, December 26 for Christmas
–Sunday, December 29 through Thursday, January 2 for New Years

“Hometown Teams”–extended through February 1!

  • “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” Watch the trailer... 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. Read more…
  • “A Winning Tradition: Salem Champions 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…