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First Fridays

Friday, November 7th 5pm-8pm

 

As part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street will be open free of charge on Friday, November 7th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This month the Museum will feature artifacts highlighting the history of the Academy of Music, now the Academy of Fine Arts. Billed as “the prettiest opera house in the state and among the prettiest in the entire South,” the Academy of Music officially opened its doors on February 1, 1905.

 

 

From the beginning, local acts and legendary performers crossed its stage including Mary Pickford, John Phillip Sousa, Anna Pavlova, George M. Cohan, and Will Rogers. After suffering a major fire in 1911, the Academy was rebuilt on an even grander scale. Thriving during the golden age of theatre, business began to decline in the 1920s as live shows were replaced by motion pictures. After difficult financial years, it closed in 1958.

 

Almost immediately after it closed, there was an interest in preserving and restoring the theatre. In 1969 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places—the first Lynchburg building to receive such an honor. Since then, there have been ongoing efforts to restore this beautiful downtown landmark, which is in the midst of a major restoration and capital campaign. To learn more about the Academy, visit www.AcademyMusicTheatre.com.

 

 

Objects on display will include historic photographs, programs, posters, tickets, and early 20th century theatrical costumes. The artifacts will remain on display throughout the weekend. The Museum is open Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm.

The Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House is open for First Fridays.  Free admission from 5 pm to 8 pm on the first Friday of each month. The Art Trolley will drop you off and pick you up at our front door at 901 Court Street as it makes its way between art galleries, studios, and other places of interest in Downtown Lynchburg.  There will be a featured topic for each First Friday and a staff member will be on hand to show artifacts that are not usually on exhibit and talk with visitors.    FREE.

 

More Events

November 7th

First Friday

Lynchburg Museum

5pm-8pm

Free

 

November 11th

Veteran's Day

Lynchburg Museum

Point of Honor

10am-4pm

Free

 

December 5th

First Friday

Lynchburg Museum

5pm-8pm

Free

 

December 7th

Christmas Open House

Point of Honor

noon-4pm

Free

 

January 2nd

First Friday

Lynchburg Museum

5pm-8pm

Free

 

 

 

 

 


Daily Tours
Monday–Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday Noon - 4 pm


Personalized tours given on the half hour. Please call ahead during inclement weather to verify hours of operation. (434) 455-6226 or (434) 847-1867

 

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