Southwest Virginia Museum

Location of Southwest Virginia Museum in Virginia

A National Historic Landmark, the Southwest Virginia Museum is in an 1890s Victorian stone mansion with original oak interior. The museum's collection includes more than 25,000 pieces and state of the art exhibits telling the story of the exploration and development of Southwest Virginia from the pioneer era of the 1700s to the mining "boom and bust" era of the late 1800s. The museum also offers many interpretive and special events. The gift shop features unique items representative of the area's history and crafts made by regional artisans. The park offers facilities for meetings, weddings and other special occasions, and the charming Poplar Hill Cottage is available for overnight guests.

Two floors are accessible for visitors unable to climb stairs. Click here for details.


  • Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is also open on Mondays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. It is closed during January and February and on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


  • The museum is in Big Stone Gap, off U. S. 23, at the corner of W. First Street North and Wood Avenue. It is 14 miles south of Norton and 35 miles northwest of Kingsport, Tenn. The facility is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Neighboring areas of Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina are only a one to two hour drive away. Its address is 10 West First Street North, Big Stone Gap, VA  24219.
    • Latitude, 36.863332. Longitude, -82.779592.
  • Drive Time: Northern Virginia, 9 hours; Richmond, 7 hours; Virginia Beach/Tidewater, 9 hours; Roanoke, 4 hours; Knoxville, Tenn., 2 hours; Lexington, Ky., 2.5 hours; Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 hours.

Park Size

  • One block

Contact Southwest Virginia Museum

Contact Southwest Virginia Museum

10 West First St.
Big Stone Gap, Virginia  24219
Phone: 276-523-1322


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Wise County, Virginia