Museums in Downtown Blacksburg

Lots to see for the whole family

Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation

The Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and promoting Blacksburg’s historic, artistic, and cultural heritage. The organization was formed by the Blacksburg Town Council in 2010, initially to raise funds for the restoration of the Alexander Black House. The foundation, while still actively campaigning for the restoration, is an independent organization that the town has entrusted to oversee all museum and cultural operations, including the management and oversight of the Alexander Black House as well as St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall.

The Alexander Black House is a cultural center celebrating Blacksburg’s heritage while providing space for public and private events, educational programming, and the arts.

The foundation offices are located at 204 Draper Rd., SW, which is known as the Alexander Black House.

St. Luke & Odd Fellow's Hall


New Town was an African American neighborhood in Blacksburg, Virginia from the late 19th century until the mid-1960's. It consisted of Gilbert Street and a small lane that were home to about 20 families. The only remaining structure today is the St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall. For over 60 years, from 1907 when it was built until segregation ended, the St. Luke & Odd Fellow's Hall served the New Town community well. They hosted social events, gatherings for music and enjoyment, and creating a sense of community. When desegregation came to Blacksburg in the the late 1960's, the St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall became less used as a social center and was eventually rented as a workshop.

Blacksburg Children's Museum

At the Blacksburg Children's Museum we take playing seriously because the benefits of playing can last a lifetime. In addition to fun, there is an opportunity to learn.
Playing creates physical, cognitive, and emotional opportunities and experiences that help to shape a child’s personality.

As a learning playground, the Blacksburg Children's Museum is devoted to nurturing the curiosity and creativity of children through the exploration of science, technology, the arts, and regional heritage

Historic Smithfield Plantation

William Preston, a leader of westward expansion and a prominent Southwestern Virginia Revolutionary War patriot came to settle at the eastern continental divide and established Smithfield as his home. In a land of log cabins and physical hardship, Smithfield, in its sophisticated elegance, became the political and social center of Fincastle County, Virginia (1772). Of course, the newly-formed County included all of Southwest Virginia and all of what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky, a rather large area indeed.

Completed in 1774, Smithfield became not only the county’s political and social center, it was a beacon, a destination, for thousands of settlers moving west to seek new land and opportunity. Smithfield became a place of resting and storing new provisions before the next leg of the westward passage.

Travel back to the 18th century. Experience life in the home of a colonial leader with the guidance of a costumed interpreter who knows the culture as well as the artifacts.

SEEDS

Blacksburg Nature Center

Seek Education, Explore, DiScover - SEEDS®

Founded in 1995, SEEDS has a mission to inspire a natural curiosity and love for the environment in children and the young at heart through discovery learning, nature education, teacher support, and civic awareness.

Blacksburg Children's Museum

1470 S. Main Street #106
Blacksburg, VA 24060

The Blacksburg Children’s Museum is devoted to nurturing the curiosity and creativity of children through the exploration of science, technology, the arts, and regional heritage.

Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation

204 Draper Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Visitors will enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and elegant surroundings of this historic venue; thought provoking exhibitions of art and history; meeting and special event accommodations; lovely gardens; and cultural heritage programs for all ages and interests.

Blacksburg Museum Gift Shop

204 Draper Rd SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Discover Blacksburg's art, history, & culture at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center. The restored Queen Anne Victorian home features a gift shop with locally made arts, crafts, books music & more.

Historic Smithfield Plantation

1000 Smithfield Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

The Smithfield-Preston Foundation serves to (1) preserve and protect Smithfield, the region’s most important historic site and property and (2) to interpret the heritage of the region through Smithfield.

Seek. Education.Explore.DiScover. SEEDS

107 Wharton Street, S.E.
P.O. Box 824
Blacksburg, VA 24063

Founded in 1995, SEEDS has a mission to inspire a natural curiosity and love for the environment in children and the young at heart through discovery learning, nature education, teacher support, and civic awareness.