Downtown Directory / Museums

Explore More Discovery Museum

Explore More Discovery Museum is a nonprofit, interactive museum designed especially for children and families. The museum offers a wide range of activities and exhibits such as the TV Studio, the Science Lab, the Virginia Theater, the Super Service Center and more. more

Harrisonburg Fire Museum

Discover the history of the Harrisonburg Fire Department, located on the third floor of the Public Safety Building. The Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum features a rich display of historic fire memorabilia such as uniforms, medals, equipment, old fire alarms, and photographs. more

Hugo Kohl Museum of American Jewelry & Manufacturing

Hugo Kohl has combined a magnificent library of design, the ultimate goldsmiths shop and working factory. His vision was to design a museum that will give visitors a visual, audible and sensory experience of jewelry manufacturing. An elevated floor plan allows people to browse the retail store while watching artisans create in the workshop below. While vintage jewelry is the heart of the museum, Hugo realizes that customers may wish for something more contemporary. Visitors will be able to create a custom piece of jewelry at a unique station dubbed the create bar, which is a CAD system that guides visitors through an online exercise that determines their preferences in jewelry. more

Valley Turnpike Museum & Civil War Orientation Center

The Harrisonburg Rockingham Valley Turnpike Museum & Civil War Orientation Center offers visitors the stories of individuals, battles, and campaigns through film and interpretation. Located in the historic Hardesty-Higgins House, the center has available Shenandoah At War: One story, a Thousand Voices guide and other resources for visitors to explore our region. Continuous playing video, brochures, maps, and photos of the sites and battlefields of Civil War action in the Shenandoah Valley. more

Virginia Quilt Museum

Dedicated to celebrating and nurturing Virginia's quilting heritage, The Virginia Quilt Museum has three major exhibitions each year. Quilts from the permanent collection are displayed on a rotating basis, as space permits, during each exhibit. more