The Museum will be Closed October 25th to November 6th for Vacation.

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. 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.

Be sure to visit our Galleries link above to see our collection of cameras.

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Limited edition commemorative coins now available with your donation of $100.00 or more. 250 coins were minted with a certificate of authenticity. Get yours today!!! Payments by check to: Camera Heritage Museum

Send to: Camera Heritage Museum 1 West Beverley St. Staunton, VA 24401

Attn: Coin


 EXCITING NEWS NOW HERE  AT THE CAMERA HERITAGE MUSEUM !!  A SELF GUIDED  STEREO AUDIO TOUR TO INSPIRE, ENGAGE AND INFORM CREATING THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Please visit us SOON to experience THIS EXCITING  Story!!!             $5.00  self guided tour.    $7.50  for audio tour.      $20.00  for personal curator tour when available. Appointements recommended.

Board of Directors

Richard Pippin-- President

Carol Turrentine __Vice President  

Nancy Sorrells ___Secretary

Dr. Lee Hersch

Dr. F. John Bourgeois

Dr. John Ochletree


Sherrie Breeden __ Chief Financial Officer     

David Schwartz___Curator



Please Donate to our                         Museum


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 a lot of renovation for our purposes. However, we need to raise $6.4 million to purchase the building. Also we need $750 thousand to repair.

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 or send a check to 1 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401.

(Photo Credit: Tim



Our collection is growing constantly. We received our first large collection of cameras and accessories and images from LSU at Lafayette. We want to thank Wilson Trucking for free transportation of this collection. 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 over 2000 image 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.

Museum News

We are in the process of cataloging over 1000 cameras from George & Shirley Carvalho privite collection in CA August 2017.

August 3rd 2017 we got a large gift of over 350 cameras and accessories from Martin Frankel in CT.

We now have over 200 donors to the museum. 1/10/2017


Since we are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit think about a donation to our museum ! We are the largest Camera Museum Open to the Public in the USA.   If you are trying to find us go to Google maps.  Our Phone # is 540-886-8535

The Museum will be Closed October 25th to November 6th for Vacation.