Attractions in Martinsville, VA
Amongst the other various things to do, Martinsville features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Martinsville and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
Looking for a little local art? Look no further than The Artisan Center and its gallery offering original artwork.
What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in charm. The Basset Historical Center and Library has been called “the best little library in Virginia,” and for good reason.
It was in 1961 when the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts began to encourage the formation of a statewide network of local chapters – including the Piedmont Arts Association that represents Martinsville and Henry County to this day.
Cultural opportunities are plentiful and profound in Martinsville-Henry County, with the arts community well represented. Among the culture-based organizations and venues that draw rave reviews:
Tens of thousands of visitors tour the Virginia Museum of Natural History each year. Its $28 million, 89,000-square-foot facility features more than 22 million items and a slate of changing exhibits and programs for all ages – both residents of Virginia and beyond. Some of its exhibits are entitled Uncovering Virginia, Animal Secrets, The Hahn Hall of Biodiversity, Allosaurus Skeleton and a How Nature Works Gallery.
Reynolds Homestead is the birthplace home of R.J. Reynolds, famed founder of the tobacco manufacturing giant. The tourist attraction is located in Critz and is actually designated as a Commonwealth campus of Virginia Tech. Besides being a restored home, Reynolds Homestead also serves as a forest resources research center with business hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.