Did you know that visiting museums can improve not only your mental but also your physical health? An ongoing study by the National Endowment for the Arts has found that attending cultural events, like museums, exhibitions, and art galleries is linked to a better mental and physical state. This is because being exposed to art and creativity can help exercise our brains and enhance the overall quality of our life and wellbeing. As we age, we tend to be more mindful about the activities we do so we can keep our mind sharp and our bodies limber. So why not add visiting museums to that list?
Hagerstown is home to a thriving arts and history scene. As such, there are many museums that are open to public which feature exhibits ranging from fine art galleries to historic sites. You will definitely know all about Hagerstown after visiting these enjoyable museums. If you are looking for a fun place to kill some time, these are some museums in Hagerstown that you should visit.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Located off Park Circle, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is the centerpiece in the iconic Hagerstown City Park. This museum offers a nice balance between historic art pieces and artworks done by local artists. In addition to the rotating selection of exhibitions, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts also holds concerts, art classes, lectures, and other special art-related events. Feel free to visit any day except on Mondays. Admissions are free and donations are appreciated.
Hagerstown Aviation Museum
Not often does one find an aviation museum in a rural town. The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is an aviation museum that primarily focuses on the history of the Fairchild Aircraft Corporation. You can see a variety of impressive military vehicles and aircrafts on display and watch the “Wings & Wheels” airshow. You can even book tickets in advance to ride in their amazing planes like the Stinson L-5 Sentinel, a World War II liaison aircraft and TBM 3-E Avenger, a World War II torpedo bomber. This place is a must go for anyone who appreciates aircrafts and the military.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum
Hagerstown is known for the railways that go through their strategic location. As such the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum offer exhibits that feature model railroads, restored locomotives, and the local railroad history. Their museum volunteers are more than happy to share their wealth of knowledge about the history of the railroad industry in Hagerstown. Just adjacent to the museum is live tracks with active trains.
Jonathan Hager House Museum
This is the two-story stone house of Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown. Situated in Hagerstown City Park, his house was carefully fitted and built by him in 1739. The house has now been refurbished with historic furniture and artifacts. Join a guided tour through the authentic home and experience the heritage of Hagerstown. Their tours are even customized for the festive season such as the “Ghost Tour” during Halloween. Definitely worth a visit when you’re in this peaceful city.