The quaint, serene town of Staunton, Virginia, boasts a wealth of historically significant things to do and see. The area is pouring with museums, playhouses, art galleries, and unique architecture. Keep reading to learn about our most highly recommended Staunton, VA, museums and historical attractions.
If you’re curious about more things to do in Staunton, VA, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center has got you covered. We’re offering you a free Shenandoah Valley Itinerary, that’s filled with local insight on the area’s best restaurants, events, outdoor activities, attractions, and more. Our gorgeous hotel is a 5-minute walk from downtown Staunton, keeping you close to all of the excitement.
The Two Best Staunton, VA, Museums
Here are our picks for the best Staunton, VA, museums and historical attractions!
1. Frontier Culture Museum
Only an 8-minute drive from The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center.
The Frontier Culture Museum is a living history museum that tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America during the 1600s and 1700s. They traveled great distances from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and more. These early immigrants created a life here for themselves and created American folk culture from the blending of European, African, and indigenous peoples. Be sure to check out the West African Farm Exhibit, which is now open to visitors. At this exhibit, you’ll learn about the African captives who were brought to the American colonies and how they carried knowledge and skills with them that they passed on to the early Americans.
Annual Special Events:
- Spring Lecture Days – March
- Wool Week – April
- May Fair – May
- Oktoberfest – October
- Archaeology Day – October
- Christmas Fair – November
- Lantern Tours – December
Plan Your Trip
The Frontier Culture Museum is open seven days a week, 360 days each year. Ticket prices vary depending on age:
- Adult: $12.00
- Senior: $11.50
- Student (ages 13-college): $11.00
- Child (ages 6-12): $7.00
- Children Under Age 6: Free
2. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
Only a 2-minute drive from The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center.
Go back in time at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and learn about the life and times of our 28th president. This complex is located in historic downtown Staunton and contains the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, known as the “Manse,” which is now a museum. Explore the galleries throughout the museum and discover the fascinating history of Wilson’s early years, his eventful presidency, suffrage, prohibition, and World War I. There is also a research library, gift shop, and picturesque gardens on site.
Annual Special Events:
- Party in the Garden – June
- Woolly Weekend – October
- December Education Station: Holiday Traditions – December
- Coffee with the Curator – throughout the year
- Wilson and Slavery Tour – throughout the year
Plan Your Trip
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is open seven days a week and closed for major holidays. Ticket prices vary depending on age:
- Adult: $15.00
- Senior: $14.00
- Active Military: $14.00
- Child (ages 6-15): $8.00
- Sales end in 21 hours
- Children under 6: Free
Additional Staunton, VA, Museums and Historical Attractions
- American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse
- Only a 4-minute drive from The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center.
The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center Is Your Historical Slice of Paradise
If you’re a history buff, there’s no better place to stay in Staunton than The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center when you’re visiting Staunton, VA, museums. This building was formerly the Main Administration Building for the Old Western State Hospital, which was constructed between 1825 and 1828. Since then, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center officially opened in June 2018 as Virginia’s newest luxury boutique hotel. The development team was able to maintain many of its architectural features, including the signature spiral staircase, classical arches, hardwood pine floors, and traditional fireplaces. They managed to do all this while creating 49 unique guest rooms, an art gallery, and an intimate on-site restaurant.
Elect to stay in one of our Cozy Queen Rooms, an intimate and thoughtfully designed accommodation that is perfect for achieving optimal relaxation. Our Cozy Queen Rooms balance old-world charm with modern comforts. Each room features a single queen bed, an expansive writing desk, and a dreamy bathroom with tall ceilings, a rain shower, a lighted vanity mirror, and plush, oversized bath sheets. Enjoy complimentary luxuries such as toiletries, breakfast, and Wi-Fi to comfort you throughout your stay. Are you ready to have the time of your life in Staunton? Check our availability now and start planning your trip!