Saltville - Museum Of The Middle Appalachians

123 Palmer Avenue

The Saltville Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization in October of 1991 with the goal of establishing a modern research and exhibit museum, outdoor interpretive trails and living history exhibits, and community outreach program that would encourage and facilitate the preservation, understanding, and appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of the middle Appalachian region. This was primarily a grassroots effort that began many years before when it was realized that there was such a rich and distinctive history in the area.

The progress has proceeded steadily since the formation of the corporation. The original Foundation board understood the importance of enlisting the aid of people who were experienced in this process. As a result, this effort has grown to include many people who do not reside in the area but who are interested in Saltville and the formation of the museum.

On July 4th, 1998, the interim facility, a converted store building, was opened. Since that time, the museum's attendance has grown to an average of well over a thousand visitors per month. The current museum has reached its capacity for exhibits and services.  Project "Mammoth" was launched in 2004 to expand operations into a building adjacent to the current site.  Plans are underway to complete this expansion project within the next year.

Every effort is being made to make the Museum of the Middle Appalachians a premier, state of the art facility for the preservation and interpretation of our local heritage.

The Saltville Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


Karon McGill

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Interesting place to stop and stretch your legs. Salt flats, prehistoric skeletons. Very informative. Glad I stoppped by

Kerri Murphy

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
We came all the way from Hampton just to visit and it was absolutely worth every second of the trip. I highly recommend that this museum (especially at Christmas time) be on your bucket list!!

Adrian Spickler

Monday, March 12, 2018
This museum has great information and artifacts. I had no idea this gem existed.

LeeAnn Bordwine

Sunday, June 11, 2017
My husband and I decided to explore some of the more local museums and sites over the weekend. We were greatly disappointed when we arrived here and discovered, after calling to check the hours, that the museum was closed. I have been here a few times and on occasion I have found the hours to be unpredictable. The hours are listed on the door, online, and also on their answering service. It's a great place full of rich history and it has a very good layout. The gift shop is also eye catching and holds some unique treasures. The staff has always been polite and helpful. However, I would not recommend making a trip here unless you call and speak with someone to make sure they are indeed open. Do not settle for the answering service's listed hours.

Rick Sutherland

Monday, April 9, 2018
Great little place, knowledgeable staff, one of my favorite local museums