The Camera Heritage Museum has been nominated for the Virginia Association of Museums' Top Ten Endangered Artifacts program.
Two years in a row
Camera Heritage Museum
Antique Cameras their Users and their place in History
Located in Staunton in Western Central Virginia The Camera Heritage Museum houses a unique collection of antique cameras dating from the 19th century to modern times. They often have both a historical significance and a provenance that is interesting to all. There are not any open camera museums in the USA since collections are often private. We have opened this collection to the public so that everyone has an opportunity to view these historical treasures. You will find samples of many of the different kinds of cameras which the museum exhibits in the galleries listed above. We are in the process of adding the stories of these cameras and their photographers. If you do not find information that you are looking for we may be listing it any day now.
The Camera Heritage Museum has the opportunity to acquire the P. Buckley Moss Museum building in Waynesboro. As word of our museum reaches the public, the numbers of visitors and camera donations continue to grow. We are in need of places to display the cameras that are arriving on a weekly basis from all over the world. We would like to purchase the P. Buckley Moss Museum building as a new location for the Camera Heritage Museum. The beautiful building was originally built as a museum, so it would not require any renovation for our purposes. However, we need to raise $6.4 million to purchase the building.
P. Buckley Moss recently donated her museum building and surrounding land to the Virginia Tech Foundation. Virginia Tech does not want the responsibility of maintaining a building so far from campus. Thus, the building will be for sale to raise funds for the Virginia Tech Foundation.
Please consider making a difference by contributing to the success of the museum. Because we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, any monetary donation will be tax-deductible. If you would like to donate to the Camera Heritage Museum, please visit our donations page at http://www.cameraheritagemuseum.com/donate/ or send a check to 1 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401.
(Photo Credit: Tim https://www.flickr.com/photos/24304517@N02/4125213685)
Our collection is growing constantly. We received our first large collection of cameras and accessories and images from LSU at Lafayette. In the first 5 years of the museum we have had over 180 donors.
We are also researching the careers of local photographers and their contributions to photography and local history. Please look under Regional Photographers
Lastly, we have a large collection of antique photos of Staunton and Augusta County. These photos are truly worth a thousand words in what they reveal about the life of the area. This section is also growing as we digitize the images.
We hope you will enjoy our web site and that you are able to come to Staunton to see the museum in person.