One of the many joys of traveling is the opportunity to explore and experience new things. If you are a lover of arts and different cultures, you will find that Smith Mountain Lake offers an assortment of rich cultural and artistic experiences for you to enjoy. Whether strolling through a museum, listening to music or visiting an historic site, Smith Mountain Lake never fails to disappoint when it comes to offering an interesting and enriching artistic and cultural experience. The following are several interesting Smith Mountain Lake art and cultural experiences you should check out while visiting the area.
Taubman Museum of Art
The Taubman Museum of Art is one of the top Smith Mountain Lake art museums. When visiting, you are first taken aback by the architectural beauty and uniqueness of the 77-foot glass construction. Once you get inside, be prepared to enjoy a plethora of exhibits and programs for art lovers of all types and ages. The Taubman Museum of Art hosts up to 20 exhibits a year and is the permanent home to a number of art collections. Children and teens 16 years and younger can enjoy the museum’s interactive art space known as the Art Venture. During warm weather, the museum hosts a number of outside events on the grounds as well.
Roanoke Pinball Museum
Variety is a defining feature of the many museums to be found in this area on an arts and culture journey and perhaps none stands out quite as uniquely as the Roanoke Pinball Museum. Located at 1 Market Square SE in Roanoke, the Roanoke Pinball Museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Exactly as the name indicates, this is the place for game and arcade enthusiasts to enjoy getting up close to all of their retro-pinball machine favorites and enjoy the progression of technology and themes on display! The staff on hand are enthusiastic about the subject showcased and are always willing to answer questions as they come up. Many of the machines can be played while others are meant for admiring. Either way, it’s a stop that’s bound to bring up some serious nostalgia and just as much fun!
Science Museum of Western Virginia
When your arts and culture journey could stand for a touch of education too, the Science Museum of Western Virginia has plenty to go around! Situated at 1 Market Square SE in Roanoke, the Science Museum of Western Virginia is integrated into the Center in The Square. Visitors to this inviting destination will find a variety of displays and hands-on exhibits to enjoy that highlight everything from health and wellness to engineering, coding, light, electricity, and beyond! No matter what age of travelers you find yourself in Smith Mountain Lake with, this is a nearby stop that’s sure to inspire.
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Making the most of museum-hopping on your arts and culture journey to Smith Mountain Lake can be a customized experience thanks to the diverse lineup of options found within the parameters of Roanoke. If you happen to be the type of traveler that’s inspired by the history and evolution of transportation, an afternoon enjoyed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation is bound to be a highlight of your stay. Situated at 303 Norfolk Avenue SW, this museum showcases the best of transportation technology through time and provides for options to get close to historic steam engines that sit on-site. The museum is open to the public between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm most days of the week making it a convenient place to swing by no matter what else is on your itinerary for the day!
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Learn more about the history of one of the most well-known and historically interesting presidents, Thomas Jefferson, by visiting Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. This building is considered a historic landmark and was Jefferson’s private retreat. Here visitors learn more about Jefferson’s legacy, his position in the Poplar Forest community as well as details on the lives of the people, both within the community as well as on the plantations of this retreat. In addition to exploring the history of Thomas Jefferson, a number of events are held at the retreat for public enjoyment. If you are planning a visit, make sure to check out the calendar on the company’s website for the latest events and programs.
Bedford Wine Trail
If you are a lover of wine, the Bedford Wine Trail is a must visit while in Smith Mountain Lake. Home to six wineries, you will thoroughly enjoy exploring some or all of them at your own leisure. Each of the wineries offer a unique experience that not only includes wine tastings but also the opportunity to learn more about the agricultural aspect of wine-making as well as interacting with local wildlife. Bring food for a nice picnic at one of the wineries. If you visit all six wineries on your trip, you will receive a free Bedford Wine Trail wine glass.
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