Blue Ridge Institute and Museum


Ferrum College founded this institute in the early 1970s to document, interpret, and present the folk heritage of the Blue Ridge region. Its free galleries have changing folk art and cultural exhibits, and its Blue Ridge Farm Museum (admission charged), a re-created Virginia-German farmstead, has costumed interpreters preparing meals over open hearths, driving oxen, blacksmithing, and doing a host of other chores. The BRI also hosts the October Blue Ridge Folklife Festival (, which has music and storytelling stages, old-time crafts, local produce and homemade treats, horse-pulling contests, a moonshiner’s still, and more.


20 Museum Dr.
Ferrum, Virginia 24088


36.92452100, -80.02445700

Open Hours

Galleries: Labor Day–mid-May, Mon.–Sat. 10--4; mid-May–Labor Day, Mon.–Sat. 10--4, Sun. 1–5. Farm Museum: Mid-May–Labor Day, Sat. 10–5, Sun. 1–5.
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(540) 365-4416

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