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Frontier Culture Museum
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Frontier Culture Museum is an outdoor living history museum that tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America and of the life they created here for themselves and their descendants. The Museum shows how a new and unique culture evolved in early America from its roots in the Old World. Living History interpreters work in original and reconstructed buildings from Europe, Africa, and America to illustrate how diverse people and cultures blended together into a new American way of life. The Museum operates on about 200 acres with 11 major exhibits divided into 2 sections: The Old World, and America. The Old World exhibits show rural life and culture in four homelands of early migrants to the American colonies. The American exhibits show the life these colonists, slaves, and their descendants created in the colonial back-country, how this life changed over more than a century, and how life in the United States today is shaped by its frontier past.
Reviewed July 21, 2013

I wasn't sure how my 14 and 8 year old boys would react to this museum on a hot, hot July day. But I didn't have to worry! They really enjoyed it. We started by watching the orientation video and then set out to travel through time. We started with the West African village, then went to England, Ireland, and Germany. There were people at each location working and willing to chat about what they were doing. My kids especially liked the Irish forge and talking with the blacksmith--they enjoyed hearing about the science behind the technology and how iron working changed over time and location.

Each location had some farm animals and plenty to see and explore. We liked that we were invited to touch and interact with the items. There were kids there participating in a day camp with the museum, and they seemed to be having a great time despite the heat. They were dressed in costume and shared activities with the kids.

By the end of the afternoon we were hot and tired, and glad of the shuttle ride back to the museum. What a great idea. The gift shop is small but had a wide selection of nice historical gifts and amusements, much more reasonably priced than Monticello which we visited the next day. If you are going in the summer, make sure that you take water bottles with you, as it does get hot. There are a few water fountains around to refill.

We all loved this museum...we just wish that it was closer to us so that we could go more often and take field trips there!

Thank aster143
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We simply loved this attraction. The German farm is a must see. Thoughtful touches, like benches for a rest make this a place you'll want to linger in. The docents who people the farms are knowledgeable and really willing to answer questions. We want to go back!!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Today, for less than $10, I traveled back in time to three different continents, visiting 8 separate farms, and was amazed to find that the farmhands and workers could all speak my language!!! I learned how to spin yarn, milk cows, clean up a spill with ash, and so much more. Best of all, every bit of it is 100% authentic...from the costumes to the buildings, each one painstakingly relocated from its country of origin. But give yourself more than the suggested two hours...you could spend all day!

1  Thank KimC48682
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Although the weather was a typical hot 4th of July day, we had a nice time. The museum is free on this date every year so "locals" take advantage of it. There is a lot of walking on hilly terrain, but they do have shuttles running for those who need assistance or just worn out with the kids. Animals to pet, period-costumed interpreters, activities/games, and a pretty location are just part of the charm of this museum. The interpreters freely answer any questions about their farms when asked; everyone is very kind and allow guests to try their hands at various 'safe' farm chores. If visiting, I would recommend the spring or fall when the weather is cooler, but special days have many more activities. Several special activities being enjoyed by many on the 4th were: watermelon seed spitting contest, potato sack races, and a pie eating contest to name a few. For the adults, the architecture of the homes is interesting to see as the homes vary depending on their origin. The old homes were dismantled from their original countries and brought to/reconstructed at the museum to show the different influences of farming in the Shenandoah Valley would have been during that era. Interesting trip; we will visit again!

1  Thank jhsmith95
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We visited here on the Fourth of July while waiting for family to arrive in Charlottesville. We had a great visit. The museum has much to offer. And it kept my nine year old and six year old interested. There were many activities for the holiday including a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Admission free. You may want to consider packing a lunch or snack as the only food available was some ice cream bars in the gift shop.

Thank mclsch
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