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.
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.
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.
(540) 365-4412 for prices and to make reservations.
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
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.
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.
The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum can be contacted by phone at 540-365-4412 or 540-365-4416, by e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail
at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum, Ferrum College, P. O. Box
1000, Ferrum, VA 24088.