Salem Museum in Salem, Virginia

Preserving 300+ years of history, art, and sports in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Patrick Henry: The Voice of Liberty & His Garden Spot

Patrick Jolly

Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm on Zoom

Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry is often referred to as “The Voice of Liberty.” His colleagues, whether they agreed with him or not, still understood his role of leadership and influence before, during, and after the American Revolution.

On March 14 at 7 pm on Zoom, Patrick Henry’s descendant Patrick Henry Jolly will present a talk as part of the Salem Museum’s Speaker Series. He will describe the personal and professional life of this American Patriot.

The Salem Museum’s Thursday evening Speaker Series program will be held on Zoom in March to avoid any inclement winter weather. Zoom links will be posted on the Salem Museum’s website: Salem Museum.org, on the day of the event. Programs will return to in-person in Spring.


Local Authors Book Sale and Signing 


March 16, 11 am to 1 pm
The regional writers’ club—Persiflage/Writers Lunch—will hold its first mass book sale of its authors’ works on Saturday, March 16, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Salem Museum. The sale will feature more than a dozen nationally and regionally important authors, as well as some new and promising writers. Meet and greet a diverse array of local authors who will be signing their books for readers. Book clubs are welcome!


Military Living History Day


Saturday, March 23, 10 am to 4 pm
Experience a unique array of living historians, representing almost every major military conflict in American history from the Revolutionary War through Operation Desert Storm. Soldiers and civilians will be represented. Talks throughout the day will focus on the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII.

Hometown History: Salem’s Forgotten Beginnings

fire helmet

The Museum’s Main Gallery Feature Exhibit continues through March 23, 2024. Scattered throughout Salem are many locations that have either been replaced or forgotten after years of development. Hometown History uncovers these historic locations and their often-forgotten stories.

Exhibit designer Alex Burke, Salem Museum’s Assistant Director, describes this exhibit as “a walking tour without the walking.” Salem residents will enjoy learning the history behind dozens of sites they pass by every day, and out-of-town visitors will discover the history that gives Salem its unique character.

Homeschool Days at the Salem Museum


The Salem Museum is pleased to announce a new program for homeschool families. Students will learn interesting stories from our past, and get to hold pieces of history in their hand. Each program will include an hour of hands-on history instruction, group discussions, and a scavenger hunt to encourage exploration of the Salem Museum’s exhibits. The schedule is designed to give participants an opportunity to get to know other students.

Programs will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00pm, with a new topic each month. Registration is required.

Colonial Virginia, February 21
Learn about the founding of our country. Explore colonial life and our surprising local connections to the Revolutionary War.

Life 200 Years Ago, March 20
Have you ever wondered what the Roanoke Valley was like in the 1800s? Come discover how different life was long ago.

Civil War in Virginia, April 17
Join us to explore why Virginia was important during the Civil War. Learn what daily life was like for soldiers and their families back at home.

World War II and the Roanoke Valley, May 15
World War II had a big impact on local families! Learn how local people influenced WWII both at home and overseas.

RSVP in advance is required. The fee is $4 per student per session. All parents/ teachers/ chaperones are free. Registration for Museum members is free. Please call 540-389-6760 or email garrett@salemmuseum.org to register.

Through Their Eyes: The Moments That Made Salem

Through Their Eyes--9 witnesses to history

Over a year in the making, this Gallery highlights sixteen major events, dating back to 1671, that have shaped Salem and the Roanoke Valley into the community it is today. History gets personal as seen ‘through the eyes’ of men and women who lived here at the time. Visitors will experience the emotional, life-changing impact of each of these events—including the coming of the railroad, the end of the Civil War, desegregation, the Flood of ’85, and so many more. The Gallery features personal narratives, pictures, maps, artifacts, and hands-on elements.



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.

Guided tours are $10 per adult age 15+, and $5 for children. For school groups and educational groups, students are $3 and chaperones are free. Group visits 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.

  • Sun - Mon: Closed
    Tue - Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Sun - Mon: Closed
    Tue - Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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