Ongoing Exhibits

Keepers of the Tradition

The Keepers of the Tradition exhibition, on view at the History Museum of Western Virginia from February 12 to May 15, 2016, highlights the collaborative efforts of artist Leslie Roberts Gregg and author Michael Abraham to preserve the Appalachian lifestyle and culture.  Collecting traditions and observing ways of life passed down through generations, Leslie and Michael capture the continued skills and crafts seen in rural Appalachia through portraits, folklore, and the stories of twelve ‘Keepers.’

Native American Children’s Exhibit

Through English explorer John White’s watercolors, artifacts, and tactile discovery, the American Indian exhibit on view in the E. Wilson & Barbara M. Watts Education Gallery brings to life the people and communities who once lived in and around the Roanoke Valley.  Museum goers will learn about how American Indians lived- where they slept, what they ate, what they wore, and how they survived. Educational activities related to the exhibit include: A Crossroads Scavenger Hunt,  grinding corn, a music station, animal track identification, and a touch-and-feel fur station.  Children can also make their own rain sticks, ‘turtle shell’ rattles, antler headdresses, and bead necklaces, all of which are prepackaged so they can be done either in the museum or at home.  This exhibit will run until November 2016.



Migrations at Crossroads of History is a new exhibit that incorporates the best interpretive and technical standards while revealing 10,000 years of our region’s cultural heritage through artifacts that span the whole human experience from prehistoric times to the present day. With a whole new design, new interactive audiovisual features, games, and more, the History Museum’s newly completed exhibit is an exciting experience for the whole family. Crossroads is the History Museum’s permanent exhibit and is located on the third floor.

The Crystal Spring Pump Station

The Historic Crystal Spring Pump Station is an exciting place for children and adults to visit alike. The pump station is an important part of Roanoke’s history and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the pump station and see the pump in action. The historic Crystal Spring Pump Station is located at the corner of Jefferson and McClanahan, near Roanoke Memorial Hospital. It is free to the public and open Saturday 12-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm from May to September.


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