Salem Museum in Salem, Virginia

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

Speaker Series–Taking the Waters: The Restoration of the Warm Springs Pools

January 19 at 7 pm on Zoom:


This program will be recorded, so please mute yourself and turn off your audio when you join this meeting. Put your questions and comments in the Chat, and Ms. Langan will answer them after her talk. We are limited to 100 participants, so if you are not able to join the presentation, you will still be able to watch the recording on our Visits by Video page.

After years of sustained advocacy efforts at the grassroots and state level, the historic Warm Springs Pools, also known as the Jefferson Pools, reopened for public bathing in December.

On January 19 at 7 pm, Julie Langan, the Director of the Department of Historic Resources, will present a talk about the strategies and tools employed by various stakeholders who fought to save these iconic structures. She will describe how the bathhouses, a key component of the Bath County economy, transitioned from a preservation emergency to a preservation success.

This talk is part of the Salem Museum Speaker Series and will be presented on Zoom only. The link will be posted on the Museum’s website,, on the morning of the event. The talk will also be recorded and available via the Museum’s website after the talk. Read more….

American Flyer Christmas Model Train

Our popular American Flyer model holiday train returns for its sixth and biggest Christmas season yet, bringing holiday cheer to the charming village of “Plasticville” set in the 1950s and ’60s.

A wonderful cast of little characters play in the snow (Spiderman is easy to spot; the T. Rex is harder) A scavenger hunt helps visitors find all the tiny delights.

The train is rolling through February 4.

WWII Veteran William Dabney

Speaker Series: The heroic story of D-Day veteran, William Dabney

February 9 at 7 pm on Zoom only

“I wasn’t afraid of the D-Day Invasion, but I didn’t think I’d come out alive.”

William Garfield Dabney was one of many African American soldiers who participated in the landing in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France, but his story was hidden for years. He explained that, for years, he didn’t talk about his experiences because nobody would believe him, so he just stopped talking about it…   On Thursday, February 9 at 7pm, author and historian Forest Jones will share Mr. Dabney’s story. Read more…

Cheers for 30 Years! Celebrating the Salem Museum’s 30th Anniversary

Free and family-friendly!

After years of dreaming and hard work, the Salem Museum opened in the historic Williams-Brown House on June 27, 1992. The Museum is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a feature exhibit that takes a look back at artifacts and stories now preserved in the Museum’s collections. Admission is free.

Some favorite—but rarely seen—objects appear in this eclectic display, including: READ MORE…

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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.