Salem Museum in Salem, Virginia

Preserving 300+ years of history, arts, and culture in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Salem Museum Speaker Series: Roanoke’s Railroad and WWII
Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm

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Transportation of troops and equipment by rail was crucial to the success of the United States’ military efforts in World War II. In this talk, Col. Lewis “Bud” Jeffries will describe what Roanoke’s railroad—the Norfolk & Western Railway—accomplished during this very important period of American history. The talk will be presented on Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm, in person at the Salem Museum, with a virtual option.

As this is a group in-person event, masks are recommended. For those watching on Zoom: Please remember to mute yourself when you join our Zoom meeting.  We will be recording our session, so please turn off your video if you don’t want to be recorded. Your best view will be Speaker View, not Gallery View. Put questions in the chat and our speaker will answer them after the talk. 

The Norfolk & Western Railway, headquartered in Roanoke, achieved extraordinary performance in support of America’s war efforts during World War II. READ MORE…

Speaker Series: Understanding Putin and Ukraine

The Eastern European country of Ukraine has a war-torn history. Independent since 1991, Ukraine is again under serious attack. On Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm, Roanoke College Professor Dr. Robert Willingham spoke about the origins of Ukraine, the history of Ukrainian national identity, and the Russian and Soviet legacies. WATCH THE VIDEO

Exhibit: Regional Student Pottery Show

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild hosts its 4th Annual Juried Student Show to showcase outstanding work by young potters across the region. The show will be on display at the Salem Museum May 14 through 1 pm on May 21. The Opening Reception starts at 2 pm on May 14, with awards announced at 2:30 pm. The show contains work by over 100 area high school and middle school students. Schools represented include Auburn High School, Blacksburg High School, Lord Botetourt High School, Northside Middle School, Patrick Henry High School, and Salem High School. One student artist is home schooled.


Open Tuesdays — Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm.

Closed on July 4; Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas; New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and the day after New Years.

If the City of Salem Schools are closed for inclement weather, the Museum does not open.


Located next to Longwood Park in Downtown Salem
801 East Main Street
Salem, Virginia 24153

From I-81, take exit 140 and head toward Salem 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. Our entrance is across from the Berglund Ford service entrance. Look for the “OAKEY FIELD COMPLEX” sign. There is plenty of free, on-site parking.


Admission is FREE for all self-guided visitors and City of Salem school groups.

Guided tours ($5 per person, and $3 per student for educational groups) are available when booked at least two weeks in advance.

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