The Lynchburg Museum is located at the Old Court House in the heart of Lynchburg, Virginia. Featuring a display of rich Central Virginia history, the museum shares stories of the people and events that shaped Lynchburg and its surrounding areas. With a plethora of exhibits, the Lynchburg Museum includes antique toys, items from various wars, fine art, furniture, costumes, historic photographs, sports memorabilia, three media programs, and much more!
When guests enter the first floor of the museum, they view the Main Court Room Gallery. As the primary entrance of the museum, this exhibit features a timeline of Lynchburg history. The exhibit also includes the Visitor Services Desk and information about the surrounding attractions in Lynchburg, including Point of Honor, located on the James River. Beginning in 1607, the Main Court Room Gallery’s timeline tells the story of Jamestown’s creation. The exhibit includes information through 2007, highlighting the important aspects of Lynchburg’s history along the way. The museum also features special items on the “main stage.” This gallery is backdropped by reproduction wallpaper made by Lynchburg artist, Edward Beyer.
Ornament on the Hill Gallery is a notable exhibit in the museum. The gallery is dedicated to the museum’s largest artifact, the building itself. William Ellison designed the 1855 Greek Revival Court House with a prominent temple facade supported by four Doric Columns. Functioning as a court house from May 1855 to December 1974, the building served as a quintessential component to the city of Lynchburg. After the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court vacated the building, it reopened as the Lynchburg Museum in 1977.
Come experience these wondrous exhibits, along with the Art & Artisan’s Gallery, the Piedmont Pride Gallery, the Lynchburg Life Gallery, and the Dunbar Collection. Visitors are sure to experience countless artifacts and interesting history.
Free admission to public.
Parking is available in the Clay Parking Deck immediately behind the Lynchburg Museum. The Clay Street Parking Deck is located at 800 Clay Street. It is open Monday through Friday from 7 am-5pm. Parking available on the middle and top levels. Top level is parking by permit only. Hourly: $1/hour; Daily: $5/day max; Monthly permits: $50
Parking also available at Lot B, which is located at 919-921 Church Street. This is conveniently located adjacent to the Monument Terrace Building and directly across the street from the main entrance of the City Hall. The lot has 14 parking spaces. Parking by permits only.
Location & Hours
Monday – Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday noon to 4pm
The Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House is open to visitors everyday except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.