Frontier Culture Museum Staunton
Where are we going today?
The history of America and the early immigrants is learnt in schools - we know of the Mayflower, and the pilgrims - and it's an amazing history! But what is fascinating about the Frontier Culture Museum, is that you get to learn all about the lives of the early immigrants BEFORE they even made it to America!
Immigrants came to the USA from a whole range of countries! From Germany, England, Ireland, and West Africa.
Frontier Culture Museum is filled with amazing traditional rural buildings that were moved, or reproduced, to show what life was like in these countries centuries ago.
There are two areas of the museum - the Old World, and America.
The Old World gives you a sense of the rural life and culture in four homelands.
What do you think it would have been like to live in 1600's England? Or 1700s Ireland? Or even 1700s Germany?
Of course, the museum follows the journey and gives kids a chance to experience what it would have been like in 1820's America. They can even check out an 1850s school house. Can you imagine what it would have been like to go to school over 150 years ago? We bet it's pretty different to what your schools are like now!
There is even a 1820s and 1850s farm from America. It might be quite surprising to see how similar these farms might be to the traditions of farms today.
The great thing about the America exhibit is that you can see how life changed over more than a century for people from different cultures.
Frontier Culture Museum gives you an interesting perspective on an already amazing history!
How much does it cost?
- Children$9 over 13 students. $6 ages 6 to 12
- Free Under: 6 years
When can we go?
9am - 5pm. 10am - 4pm Dec to March
All year round.
There are self-guided and guided field trips for students, and a number of programs that you can choose from to get those students learning! .
There are drinks and vending snacks available on the patio area, as well as the Museum Store.
There are picnic tables available so why not bring your own food! Make it as healthy as you like!.
Any Top Tips?
Check out what events the museum has because there are some pretty fun ones you won't want to miss! .
Doing our bit
They are all about history and have made sure that all the exhibits are factually correct, and done an amazing job to preserve the original buildings. .
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, give them a call to see the accessibility. Service animals are allowed. .
Can I get one of those?
There's a Museum Store! Take away some very fun and educational gifts to remind you of your trip.
Self-guided tours with interpreters are available 7 days a week.
What people are saying?
by Jon Albee
What makes this experience so good is its earnestness and authenticity. There's no attempt to exaggerate or embellish the past at this interesting attraction. While Williamsburg preserves a specific place, time and society appropriate to its location, so does this excellent small museum for the Shenandoah Valley. It's well worth a brief detour off I-81. Better yet, take some time and stay overnight in lovely Staunton.
by Timothy Miller
Loved it. The family could easily spend the whole day there if we packed lunch. The coolest part for our little boys was to see the blacksmith in action.
by Christina Taylor
The Frontier Cultural Museum is an excellent way to experience life as it was long ago! There are costumed interpreters in each of the homes to give you an idea of what life was like in the past. The staff were all very friendly and accomodating. There are animals in the barns and fields. This is an excellent family museum.
by Jeffrey Screen
My family and I have been here for to venues. Both where good times. First was the blues festival 2010. Second was Octoberfest. Can't wait to go again. My son loves the real life setting the animals are in. A day full of entertainment.
by Louis Jezsik
Terrific photo opportunities. Heritage buildings from around the US and Europe have been painstakingly moved and reassembled in this rural setting. The grounds are extensive and each building stands on its own. The animators do an excellent job explaining how the buildings were used. It's an ideal spot for photographers.