2017 Hours and Tour Information

Hours and openings may vary around major holidays. Check this site for details as holidays approach.

Museum Galleries—The galleries are open year-round, no reservation necessary. Admission is free. The gallery exhibitions are self-guided, but lectures/guided tours are available by reservation; fees vary. The gallery hours are as follows:

  • Spring, Fall, and Winter: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Summer (mid-May – mid-August): Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Farm Museum—The Blue Ridge Farm Museum is open seasonally. See details below. Admission is charged, and prices vary by program, tour type, and hands-on activities. Call for details.

  • For walk-in visitors the Farm Museum is open weekends only, May 6 through Labor Day weekend. The hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • For reserved group tours (8 or more people), the Farm Museum is open any day April -- October.

Blue Ridge Heritage Archives—Open weekdays year-round by reservation.

BRI Offices— Open weekdays year-round, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Directions and Maps

The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum is located on the west side of the Ferrum College campus, 10 miles from Route 220 on Route 40. In travel time Ferrum is about 45 minutes from both Roanoke and Martinsville, Virginia.

Directions to Ferrum College can be found HERE.

The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Building, a brick building with a plow weather vane on the west side of campus. All farm museum tours start at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Building. There is ample parking for buses and RV's. For GPS devices use the address 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum, VA.

Group Accommodations

The Institute's gallery exhibits are self-guided, and groups need not make reservations for visits to the galleries. Reservations, however, are required for guided group visits to the Blue Ridge Farm Museum.
Call (540) 365-4412 for prices and to make reservations.

BRI&M Speakers

Blue Ridge Institute& Museum staff members can entertain and inform your group with presentations on many aspects of regional history and folkways. Often complemented with audio-visual presentations, our most popular programs highlight folk music, folk and decorative arts, and moonshine heritage. These presentations normally run about one hour. Prices vary.

Group Meals

Catered meals and/or refreshments can be provided at the Institute. Visitors may also enjoy lunch or dinner in the Ferrum College Dining Hall, at the Ferrum College Mercantile, or at other nearby restaurants. For those bringing their own meals, a outdoor tables and chairs are available on the museum patio.

Meeting Facilities
The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum offers a meeting room for public use by reservation. Depending upon availability, additional meeting space may also be arranged elsewhere on campus.

Contact Information
The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum can be contacted by phone at 540-365-4412 or 540-365-4416, by e-mail at bri@ferrum.edu, or by mail at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, Ferrum College, P. O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088.