United States

1290 Richmond Road
VA 24401
Phone: (540) 332-7850
Fax: (540) 332-9989

Frontier Culture Museum

The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor, living-history museum and educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Museum currently features six permanent, outdoor exhibits comprised of original farm buildings from Britain, Germany, and Virginia. These buildings have been carefully documented, dismantled, transported to Virginia, and restored. The Museum's exhibits serve as the settings for interpretative and educational programs designed to increase public knowledge of the diverse Old World origins of early immigrants to America, of how these immigrants lived in their homelands, how they came to America, and how the way-of-life they created together on the American frontier has shaped the success of the United States. The Museum's plans for the future include the expansion of its exhibits and programs to include an American Indian and West African exhibits, a working grist mill, and mid-1800s American village. The Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The Museum's German Farm dates to the 1600s and originally stood in the village of Hördt in the modern German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The farm and its surrounding landscape represent a common scene in the Rhineland region of German-speaking Europe during the 1700s, a time when Hördt was part of the Holy Roman Empire and thousands of people were leaving for Great Britain's North American colonies. These German-speaking immigrants, sometimes called Palatines or Dutch, were among the earliest and most successful settlers on America's eighteenth century colonial frontier.

The Museum's Irish Farm dates to the 1700s and originally stood in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, in that part of Ireland traditionally known as Ulster. This farm represents the type of homes and landscapes left behind by the thousands of people who emigrated from Ulster to Great Britain's North American colonies in the 1700s. These people from Ulster, who came to be known in America as the Scotch-Irish, were a key group in the settlement of America's colonial frontier.

The Museum's Irish Forge dates to the 1700s and originally stood in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Such forges and blacksmith shops provided important services to farming communities in the 1700s.

The Museum's English Farm house dates to the 1600s and originally stood in the parish of Hartlebury in Worcestershire in England's West Midlands. The house and its surroundings represent the farms left behind by England's earliest North American colonists. Descendents of these colonists and those that followed were often the organizers and promoters of frontier settlement in colonial America and often served as political ...+ [ Read all ]


Adults $10
Seniors $9.50
Students $9
Children under 12 years $6
Children under 6 Free

Opening hours

The Frontier Culture Museum is open seven days a week Monday through Sunday.

Mid-March through December 1st 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December 1st through Mid-March 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Frontier Culture Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Getting there

Located near I-64 and I-81 in Staunton, Virginia. I-81, Exit 222, Route 250 West, the museum is 1/2 mile on the left. Free parking is available.
For more detailed directions, please call the Travel Information Center: (540) 332-3972


Adults $8.50
Children $4.50
Seniors $8

To receive the group admission rate your group must have 15 or more.
For more detailed group rate information please contact Sasha King, (540) 332-7850,


The Frontier Culture Museum is pleased to announce their new Fall 2007 Educational Programs. The Museum will be offering programs to suit the needs of all ages, from kindergarten to college!

Each educational program is designed to complement the learning that happens inside the classroom. All of the programs incorporate the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Education rates can vary depending on the programs chosen by each school.

Students $5
Teachers Free
Adults chaperones $7

Venue hire

The Frontier Culture Museum offers an attractive array of rental facilities ranging from a 1915 Octagonal Barn (one of only eight in the state), to a modern converted hayloft, to a large covered pavilion complete with full kitchen. From rustic to contemporary, cozy to spacious, our facilities are suitable for a wide range of functions from weddings, receptions, reunions, and concerts to business meetings, staff retreats and company picnics.

In unique settings near our historic farm sites from Europe and America, these facilities offer an unforgettable memory for a very special event.

Amenities include:
• Museum entrance tickets (during museum hours only) available at group rates
• Generous parking
• Picnic sites
• Set-up, take-down and clean-up of Museum provided accessories
• Tables and chairs

All facilities are handicapped accessible and assistance is available.

For additional information please call Linda Bowers, (540) 332-7850