New exhibits are now open to celebrate Salem, Virginia: the City of Champions and Virginia’s Championship City!

1964 Andrew Lewis High School State Champion Football Team

We love sports! Watch the trailer for Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a very special Smithsonian traveling exhibit at the Salem Museum through February 1. Read more...

Our new A Winning Tradition: Salem Champions Gallery will include team and individual champions in many fields: athletics, academics, the arts, civic and professional life, and other areas of accomplishment. This permanent installation will feature both traditional exhibits and a hands-on, interactive kiosk that will preserve the stories of Salem’s champions for years to come. Learn more about the Gallery and how you can help!

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

Our programs and activities include
∼  Exhibits on regional history drawn from our extensive collections
∼  Events and activities including the annual Ghost Walk
∼  Monthly speaker series, with fascinating programs on local history
∼  Research Library with assistance available
∼  School tours offered for all grade levels
∼  Internships and volunteer opportunities
∼  Historic rental space with modern amenities.

White Oak Tea Tavern at Preston Place
The White Oak Tea Tavern is a destination restaurant well-known for its lunches, scones and bagels, gift shop and—most especially—its teas. The Tea Tavern is located in Salem at 1936 W. Main St. in Preston Place, the historic home owned and restored by the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Open Tuesdays– Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. 540-387-3000.

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