If you're a shutterbug or fan of history and human ingenuity, you'll definitely want to stop by the Camera Heritage Museum in Staunton, VA. The Camera Heritage Museum is America's largest public camera museum, with over 6000 historic cameras and accessories from around the world on display.
Cameras have been with us since the early 1800's, even earlier if you count camera obscura. It should come as no surprise, then, that there has been more than a little evolution and experimentation over the years. No other place in the country demonstrates this as completely as the Camera Heritage Museum.
Seeing the strata of the camera family tree laid out before you is a rare and fascinating experience. You'll see how the first cameras were developed and learn about the photographers and inventors who made history by photographing it.
A Quick Snapshot of the Museum
The museum is home to any brand you can name and maybe many you can't! Leica, Konica, Kodak, Rolleiflex, Polaroid, and many others from around the world. The collection also includes some very unusual and rare cameras and accessories. Things like a Kodak Model 1, or the Chelsea Flash Pistol that looks more like a weapon than a flash.
Other highlights include a fascinating collection of ingenious spy cameras and a similarly odd array of colorful novelty and kids' cameras.
There's even a complete collection of every type of Brownie camera ever made. 400 models in all!
You'll see daguerreotypes, ferrotypes, ambrotypes, and many other historic photo-types.
In fact, there's so much here it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, the most unique and important items are clearly and thoughtfully labeled, making the museum a pleasure to tour.
Camera Heritage Museum
The museum is located at 1 West Beverley Street in Staunton, VA 24401.
And That's Not All
The Camera Heritage Museum isn't the only attraction of interest in Staunton, VA - not by any means! Staunton is located in Virginia's Sheandoah Valley and the oldest city west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
No vacation is complete without lodging and no one offers better accommodations than a locally owned and operated Virginia bed and breakfast. With a accommodations at a Virginia inn, you're getting more than just a room. You're also getting top-tier amenities, personalized service, and an insider's info on what to see and do in the area. And nothing beats a delicious, homemade breakfast for getting your day off to a great start. So go ahead, start planning that Virginia vacation you've been dreaming of today. Your room is ready and waiting!