Welcome To
The Amherst County Museum And Historical Society
154 South Main St - PO Box 741
Amherst, VA 24521

Museum and Research Library Hours:

Tuesday through Friday - 10 AM to 4 PM

Saturday - by appointment only  (Appointments must be made by the Thursday before)

May be closed noon to 1 PM.

When planning a visit please call ahead for your convenience.

There is no fee for visiting the Museum or using our Research Library

In case of inclement weather the Museum will be closed if the schools are closed.


Upcoming Programs and Events...

Please contact the Museum for further information about any programs or events.

**All programs and events are subject to change.**

**Programs and events are free and open to the public except where a fee or restriction is noted.**


2017 Programs and Events:


- Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10 AM to 4 PM -
Colonial  Day

Step back in time to learn about colonial trades, entertainment, education and agriculture.

Colonial games, music, Revolution War encampment, quill pen writing, flax breaking, spinning, and more.


- Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM -

Amherst Fire Department: The first one hundred years

Fred Loving, Archivist for the Amherst Fire Department, will tell the story of the first 100 years,

which began with a fire in March of 1917 that threatened the Town of Amherst.


- Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM-

ACMHS hosts Amherst County Chamber's Third Thursday.

Check out what the Museum has to offer: exhibits, research library, and volunteering opportunities.

Light refreshments.


- Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 5 PM to 8:30 PM -

Ghost Walk - Ghostly Tales of Amherst Town and County

Join us for a walking tour of the Town of Amherst

and learn about some of the strange, unusual, and interesting stories from the county's history.

Tour groups of 10 will leave the Museum every half hour.

Fee: $10 for adults, $5 for youths 12 and under. 

Reservations highly recommended.

(Rain date October 28)


We have a Facebook Page and a Facebook group!

The Muse: Winter 2017 (Our newsletter)

Our Mission

Founded in 1976, the mission of the Amherst County Museum & Historical Society is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County. The Museum & Historical Society shall exhibit, interpret and offer those collections to provide educational experiences for people of all ages.

To contact us by phone: (434) 946-9068

To contact us by mail: P.O. Box 741, Amherst, VA 24521

To contact us by email: staff@amherstcountymuseum.org.


The Amherst County Museum & Historical Society is a private non-profit and is supported by memberships and donations. You can support us by making donations or registering with Shop for Museums when you do your online shopping!


Updated 15 Jul 2017