2013 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. Admission is free. Lectures 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 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Farm Museum—The Farm Museum is open seasonally. Admission is charged. In addition, the Farm Museum is open October 26, 2013, as part of the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.

  • For walk-in visitors the Farm Museum is open weekends May 5 - September 2. The hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • For group tours by reservation, the Farm Museum is open any day April 1 - October 20, 2013. Admission price varies by program, tour types, and hands-on activities. Call for details.

Blue Ridge Heritage Archives
Year-Round: Weekdays by reservation.

BRI Offices
Year-Round: Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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. From the town of Rocky Mount drive west on Route 40 past the Ferrum College chapel. Continue one tenth of a mile further to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Building, a brick building with a plow weather vane. 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 Reservations

The Institute's gallery exhibits are self-guided, and groups need not make reservations for visits to the galleries. Reservations are required for group visits to the Blue Ridge Farm Museum. Please call (540) 365-4416 for reservation information.

BRI Speakers

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

Group Meals and Meeting Facilities

Catered meals and/or refreshments can be provided at the Institute. Visitors may also enjoy lunch or dinner in the Ferrum College Dining Hall. For those bringing their own meals, picnic tables are available alongside Adams Lake on the college campus.
The Blue Ridge Institute 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 Institute can be contacted by phone at 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.