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Camera Heritage Museum

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Variety of history with photography

The place is full of history with any type of camera you can imagine along with photos from the... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2018
Mark J
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What a surprise!

This is not just a camera museum; it’s a historical journey of photography from the 19th century... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
amyide
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Elkton, Maryland
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Tours are available: $5.00 self guided, $7.50 audio tour, Curator guided (add'l): 20.00 We have a vast collection of cameras that show the evolution of photography.
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1 W Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401-4202
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

The place is full of history with any type of camera you can imagine along with photos from the periods. The staff is very knowledgeable on each aspect of the cameras themselves and the photos taken from them. Many unique of each. Nice place to...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

Thank you for coming in !!!

Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

This is not just a camera museum; it’s a historical journey of photography from the 19th century until today. If you have an interest in cameras, you will not be disappointed. The curator has assembled the most extensive collection imaginable. The stories and background information...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2018

Thank You !!!

Reviewed July 8, 2018

This is a pretty small place but has tons of history. If you go, be prepared to talk with the owner. He's very friendly and knowledgeable. His personal touch is great. He seems to know exactly where each piece came from. If photography interests you,...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Thank you!!!

Reviewed June 23, 2018

My daughter and I spent a little over two hours in the Camera Heritage Museum. We enjoyed an entertaining, information-filled tour provided by Dave Schwartz, the curator. I have a small collection of cameras and Dave helped me understand how my cameras fit into the...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Thank You!!!

Reviewed June 22, 2018

This is quite easily the largest collection of old cameras and equipment anywhere in the country. There are many historic cameras, as well as actual photos, going back 150 years. The owner has an amazing knowledge of everything packed into his crowded location and can...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Thank You!!!

Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

If you are into photography and cameras, you will love this place. The $20 tour with the curator / owner of the collection is well worth it. I learned more from the tour about cameras and photography than from any class or other museum. Just...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Thank you for your kind words !!!

Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

The director of this storefront museum has amassed an amazing collection of cameras and associated equipment that tells the story of photography from its early days. Historic cameras owned by important persons are side be side with those owned by anonymous photographers, but every piece...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Thank you for your kind words !!!!

Reviewed April 18, 2018

A must visit when in Staunton. It is a store too. I was not into cameras at the time in 2012 but I am now. The owner was eager to show us around. It is right off main street.

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Thank you for coming in and your kind words.

Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

My teenage son and I stopped in to pass a bit of time on a trip up to JMU. Although it is a small space and we only expected to spend a half hour, we wound up spending at least an hour there I believe,...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2018

Thank you for your kind words. I hope you can come back some day.

Reviewed March 2, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I visited the Museum on our way through town. We enjoy museums dedicated to a particular thing especially when the originator/curator is as knowledgeable and passionate as David. The museum is cash only so we got some out of the ATM at...More

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David S, Curator at Camera Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Thank You please come back!!!

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Response from kerryandlinda2016 | Reviewed this property |
Time spent at the museum very much depends on your level of interest in the history of photography. The large collection is in a fairly, small, even crowded space, so not a lot of walking around is required. A visitor with... More
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