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Frontier Culture Museum

1290 Richmond Avenue

The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for themselves.


Karen Shoaf

Monday, April 30, 2018
This was an amazing experience for grandchildren and extended family alike, even on a cold and blustery day! This favorite Living Museum of ours for the past 20 years has continued to grow and evolve in its offerings, appealing to us as much as ever. A newer offering we most enjoyed was the West African village. It is beautifully laid out, and the drummer outside under the tent engaged all of us, especially the children in playing the drums and instructing us in the types of drumbeats used for village specific communication. It was a blast! We especially enjoyed a 450 lb pig rolling over on her side and being pet like a house kitten by the museum worker. It tickled ALL of us for several minutes! The living history actors in every exhibit were warm and welcoming to the adults and children alike, drawing us into their historical world with ease. Another feature we absolutely love is being able to rent a golf cart to tour the grounds. With a two and a five year old in tow, just walking from one exhibit house to another can be too much of a trek, and the stroller tiring for the adults pushing it as well! So the very reasonably priced golf cart made it very worth our while. And of course as in the past, we had to renew our annual membership, as we definitely will be back to enjoy many more of their familiar and upcoming features!

Scott McCrickard

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
A gem just off 8-81 that highlights life in the US in the 1700s and 1800s. The staff is very knowledgeable and good with kids, and the buildings are authentic, often transported to this location from the original site. There's an international area too, with homes acquired from areas that sent people to the US, including England, Ireland, and Western Africa. There's a minimal gift shop and welcome area. Keep in mind that there's tons of walking and few water or food options, so plan accordingly.

Seren Dipity

Monday, April 30, 2018
Hadn't realized most of the buildings were authentic and had been relocated until we were there. The docents were wonderful and able to answer most any question. They even had an actual blacksmith operating the forge to make and repair items they used.

Wes Jamison

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
This is a hidden gem in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. It's a great living history museum focusing on life among the European settlers in early America. Fully restored Irish, English, German, and early American homesteads tell the story of Europeans while a newly recreated Nigerian village from the 17th century tells the story of West Africans brought against their will as slaves. This museum is a great family experience and good for spring, summer, and fall.

billy deal

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
My wife and I were a trip to the mountains mainly to visit the caverns but we came across this place and loved it!! Touring the houses from different cultures and time periods was a lot of fun and the people that work in each house or village were very informative! It's some walking involved but not bad at all.

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