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.Using our international travel planner, Staunton attractions like Camera Heritage Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Self-Guided Tours are available as well as custom group tours
$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.
$5 Admission over 16 years old younger free.
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Camera Heritage Museum reviews
Dave Schwartz, the genius who created this camera museum, gives wonderful private tours. We were rapt with his knowledge and stories for two hours. Totally fascinating. He has encyclopedic knowledge..... more »
I loved the dazzling extensive collection of vintage cameras of many descriptions. A must see in Staunton! more »
Housed in an old camera store. Boris was more knowledgeable about photographic history than anyone I've ever met. Thanks
My daughter brought me to this museum after seeing it featured on the Mysteries of the Museum television show. David's tour which explained what we were seeing made each camera come alive. I had no idea of the story behind many famous pictures; I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and am amazed that I hadn't heard of it sooner. (I would have given the museum 5 stars, but the number of cameras in a relatively small space was initially off-putting - until the stories began!
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