Founded in 1957 and operated by the Historical Society of Western Virginia, the History Museum interprets the broad spectrum of cultural heritage of the Roanoke Valley region. Facilities include the Watts Library and media center, large scale changing galleries, and the Barbara Watts education gallery. The museum holds the largest collection of material in the Roanoke Valley devoted to human history – including Native American artifacts, photographs, maps, militaria, and folk-life artifacts. In addition to exhibitions, the Museum offers an exciting array of special programs and tours. The Museum is located in Center in the Square, in the heart of downtown’s historic marketplace.