Dedicated in 1948, the Southwest Virginia Museum in Big Stone Gap chronicles the exploration and development of the region. The museum houses the art collection of C. B. Slemp, who served in Congress from 1907 to 1923 and was President Coolidge’s personal secretary.
Southwest Virginia Museum Shop is on the first floor and is stocked with various items reflecting the region’s history and culture. The shop offers Victorian-themed collectibles, historically themed children’s toys and games, locally produced crafts, Virginia State Parks souvenirs, many books about local and regional history, and much more. Check out books written by world-renowned authors John Fox Jr. and Adriana Trigiani, both of whom called Big Stone Gap home. Also visit the museum’s Gallery in the Gap, which features crafts made by regional artisans.