Central and Western Virginia

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central and Western Virginia - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Center in the Square

    Museum/Gallery

    In a restored warehouse, Center in the Square contains the Mill Mountain Theatre and regional museums covering science, history, and art, but...Read More

  • 2. Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    During the Civil War, a handsome Greek revival hotel was transformed into a Confederate receiving hospital for wounded and dying soldiers. In...Read More

  • 3. Frontier Culture Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    An outdoor living-history museum, the Frontier Culture Museum re-creates agrarian life in America. The four illustrative farmsteads, American...Read More

  • 4. George C. Marshall Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum preserves the memory of the World War II army chief of staff. Exhibits trace his brilliant career, which began when he was aide...Read More

  • 5. Harrisonburg–Rockingham Historical Society

    Museum/Gallery

    Displays of multimedia folk art reflect the largely German and Scotch-Irish culture of the valley. One Civil War exhibit includes an electric...Read More

  • 6. James Madison Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The James Madison Museum presents a comprehensive exhibition on the Founding Father most responsible for the Constitution (Madison became president...Read More

  • 7. Legacy Museum of African-American History

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum's rotating exhibits focus on such themes as health and medicine, education, business, the civil rights struggle, and the contributions...Read More

  • 8. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Bringing together fine and decorative art collections and multimedia presentations, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley reflects the region...Read More

  • 9. O. Winston Link Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    You can relive the final days of steam trains at the O. Winston Link Museum, inside a renovated passenger train station. Link spent several...Read More

  • 10. P. Buckley Moss Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Seven miles east of Staunton, the P. Buckley Moss Museum is a free full-scale gallery of paintings and drawings by one of the Valley's most...Read More

  • 11. Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The 1854 home of this civil war general is now a museum filled with his personal memorabilia. Jackson used this house as his base of operations...Read More

  • 12. Taubman Museum of Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Opened in the fall of 2008, this Randall Stout–designed faceted-glass structure soars amid the surrounding mountains, the contemporary architecture...Read More

  • 13. University of Virginia Art Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The University of Virginia Art Museum, one block north of the Rotunda, exhibits art from around the world from ancient times to the present day. ...Read More

  • 14. Virginia Discovery Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    At the Virginia Discovery Museum children can step inside a giant kaleidoscope, explore a reconstructed log cabin, or watch bees in action in...Read More

  • 15. Virginia Military Institute

    Educational Institution

    Adjacent to Washington and Lee University are the imposing Gothic buildings of the Virginia Military Institute, founded in 1839 and the nation...Read More

  • 16. Virginia Museum of Natural History

    Museum/Gallery

    The Virginia Museum of Natural History at Virginia Tech presents rotating exhibits on local and national wildlife; a separate geology museum...Read More

  • 17. Virginia Museum of Transportation

    Museum/Gallery

    Near Market Square, just a short stroll along the Railwalk, the Virginia Museum of Transportation has the largest collection of diesel and steam...Read More

  • 18. Virginia Quilt Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A resource center for the study of the role of quilts and quilting in American culture, the Virginia Quilt Museum hosts exhibits of significant...Read More

  • 19. Washington and Lee University

    Educational Institution

    The ninth-oldest college in the United States, Washington and Lee University was founded in 1749 as Augusta Academy and later renamed Washington...Read More

  • 20. Wilderness Road Regional Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    What is now the Wilderness Road Regional Museum was once lodging for settlers making their way west on a Native American route that went from...Read More

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