I love the Blue Ridge Institute because living near it I can watch the displays and stop when they have something of interest to me. Necessary for those interested in Franklin County, VA history and the local music trail.
If you come to the BRI in the summer, you can tour the farm museum. It's only open on the weekend, but if you come in the afternoons, you might even get to sample some fresh baked bread done in the brick oven! You can see animals and crafts from the 1800's.