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Camera Heritage Museum, Staunton

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The Camera Heritage Museum was created to display the collection of over 6000 cameras as well as accessories and photographs. Since we became non-profit we have received over 2500 cameras from other people who had private collections. This is the only camera museum open to the public in USA.

Self-Guided Tours are available as well as custom group tours

Admission:

$5.00 per person

$7.50 per person AUDIO Guided Tour

$20.00 per person Guided Tour.

The majority of our cameras are antiques.

The museum's mission is to share with the public a glimpse into the fascinating story of photography.

In this small town in central Virginia you can see some of the most technologically advanced instruments of their times along with photos spanning over 150 years.

There are stories behind many of these cameras which are well worth your time...even if you are not a camera buff! From stories about local photographers whose work is nationally known, to the events that they captured for future generations. There is something here for everyone to enjoy.

The Camera Museum is housed in the Camera and Palette Inc. location at 1 W Beverley St. Staunton, VA. Tucked into this camera store amid an extensive array of new and used equipment the Camera Heritage Museum is open to the public.

The Largest Camera Museum in the USA open to the public.

Includes daguerreotypes, wooden cameras, spy cameras and 100+ Leicas and Zeiss cameras. Over 6000 cameras and lenses.

Tours available upon request.

Over 2500 Historical photos of the Staunton area.

Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm M-Fr,

9:00 am-2:00 pm Sat.

Wheelchair accessible

$5 Admission over 16 years old younger free.

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  • I have such fond memories of my dad and his photography hobby. This place brought those back, and the added bonus of local history, world history, and even some history going back to my own home town....  more
    I have such fond memories of my dad and his photography hobby. This place brought those back, and the added bonus of local history, world history, and even some history going back to my own home town....  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit for people interested in the history of cameras and photography. I was here a couple of hours and enjoyed every minute of it, so many exhibits , like an Aladdin's cave of... 
    A wonderful place to visit for people interested in the history of cameras and photography. I was here a couple of hours and enjoyed every minute of it, so many exhibits , like an Aladdin's cave of...  more »
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  • FINALLY, I made it to visit The Camera heritage Museum! Blown away by the cameras on display, the inventory and the enjoyable staff that have made this place a reality! Consider donating, they are a non profit 501(c)(3) organization. Virginia is incredibly lucky to house the world's largest camera inventory. Even got to see Obi Wan Kenobi's light saber!!!
  • One of the best experiences ever. If you ever get the chance, GO!

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