Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton

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Visit Virginia's past at Frontier Culture Museum, a living history museum narrating the story of the Europeans and Africans who populated the Shenandoah River Valley in the early 18th century. The museum's outdoor exhibits include working farms staffed with costumed interpreters, who perform tasks that depict the daily life of German, English, Scottish, and Irish farmers. After visiting the exhibits dedicated to Old World traditions and lifestyles, drop by the museum's American exhibit, which contains recreations of American farm buildings from three different centuries. Be sure to visit the exhibit representing how a group of Native Americans lived in the area around the time European settlers arrived in the early 1700s. You can save time by buying your tickets online. Use our Staunton online road trip planner to add Frontier Culture Museum and other attractions to your Staunton vacation plans.
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  • This is a really neat museum and different from anything I have ever been to inasmuch as it shows how immigrants to America started out in Europe and how they lived there before arriving here. Then it...  more »
  • I went with my daughter and spent along time there!! There are African, English, German, Irish and two American farms there!! Also around Christmas, they have a special candle light walk to the differ...  more »
  • We took our daughter and grand kids (10 &12) here on a cold blustery Saturday morning. We got there right at 10 when it opened, which kind of bad planning as the 'characters' at each one of the farms ...  more »
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  • We ADORED the Frontier Culture Museum! I saw a post on their Facebook page saying it was a "pay what you will" day. It's mid-January and 63 degrees, so we were all too excited to get outdoors for a bit! The ticket lady told us that since it was winter there would be less employees out there, but we didn't feel like that at all! Every settlement we went into had a guide who was warm, welcoming, and taught us so much! The 1600 English farm lady was even making a curant pound cake! It was cool to see how the fireplace was utilized to bake too! We also loved seeing all the livestock, and getting to even pet and feed some! In the native American Indian settlement two gentleman were burning and scraping a large cut log to make a canoe! They even have plans to take it to the river upon completion! Overall, I would say this museum is one of my favorites! You really get to be involved with the individual settlements and explore. It's easy to navigate, family friendly, and has tons of different events to enjoy. We are absolutely planning on getting a membership!
  • This is a wonderful place to take the family. Buildings are restored from 1700 and 1800s. Very informative staff.
  • This place is a lot of fun. Lots to learn. Wonderful Christmas traditions. Beautiful landscape to walk through
  • Planned our drive from LA to PA with a stop at the museum in mind. According to Google, the museum opened at 9am and we needed to begin our time there at 9am so we could be finished around 11:30 (since Google said people usually spend 2.5 hours there) in order to check out of the hotel at 12 and get the baby in the car to nap. There is a sign outside the front gate that also says the hours are 9-5, but when we went to purchase tickets we were told winter hours started at 10am on Dec 1. Since today is Dec 3rd, it would have been nice if the times on Google and the signs on the premise were correct so I could have better scheduled our time. (It is the companies responsibility to update Google hours, not Google.) We didn't feel it would be worth the price of admission and a golf cart to only spend 1.5 hours there, so we weren't able to visit the museum even though we planned our drive around it. Very disappointing.
  • Very informative and educational. They provide a lot of special events that will make you want to go back. Highly recommended.

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