Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Camilla Williams Exhibit Audience

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is located on the historic Main Street in downtown Danville, VA between Holbrook & Sutherlin Avenues, featuring permanent collections and rotating exhibitions as well as a Studio and a Research Center and Gardens Virginia. The Museum is located in the former home of Major William Sutherlin. Richmond architect Frank B Clopton designed the house as an Italian Villa for Major Sutherlin and his family. Also included on the museum campus today are the Swanson Studio and the Museum Research Center, as well as the gardens. Built in 1859 the Sutherlin Mansion is one of the oldest buildings in the city, and you can explore our self-guided exhibition galleries; Camilla Williams Exhibition, the House Museum; the Civil War and Civil Rights Histories as well as the Swanson Studio and Research Center. Each tour will lead you on a discovery of countless Danville narratives in the process.

The gift shop is open whenever the Museum is open.


Due to COVID-19, all guided tours have been cancelled. Self-guided tours are available in the Museum. 

Please contact the museum to set up a tour for Family, Corporate, School, University, Senior, or Community Groups. Group tours are provided by advanced week registration only. Group tours of more than 10 will need one group leader and for additional staff guides a fee of $50 will apply. All tours will be capped at 25. Tour guides can be provided if tours are booked a week before arrival. All Cemetery Tours are self-guided only, but information on the cemetery sites will be made available. 

For more information about tours please contact:

Sutherlin Mansion House Tour

Tour the Italian Villa style mansion built in 1859 that was home to Major William T. Sutherlin and family. Discover the role this historic house played during the final week of the Civil War.

During the Covid-19 crises we would like to make the Sutherlin House Tour available to all and we offer self-guided tours to visitors.

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Camilla Williams

The Camilla Williams exhibition highlights the relationship this New York City Opera diva had with her hometown, Danville, and explores the difficult path to frame in a racially divided South during the Civil Rights protests.

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Between the Lines

This tour explores the role of Danville and its citizens during the Civil War. Participants will take on the identity of a soldier from the 18th Virginia Company and will learn about their commanding officer, how the ladies of Danville helped prepare them for the army, and what their army career entailed.

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Danville Civil War Sites

Visit the Sutherlin Mansion, the Danville National Cemetery, Major Sutherlin’s grave, and more when you go on this guided tour of Danville’s Civil War History.

The Movement: Danville Civil Rights

Due to COVID-19 all guided tours have been cancelled at this time. You are welcome to walk through all the exhibits at the Museum on your own with self-guided tours.

This tour walks you through the evolution of the Danville civil rights demonstrations that began peacefully late in May 1963 when local civil rights leaders organized demonstrations, sit-ins, and marches to protest segregation in all spheres, but especially in municipal government, employment, and public facilities. 

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Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was established by the Danville Museum in 1974 to recognize and honor citizens of the area whose achievements have been outstanding. 

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Cemetery Tours

Due to COVID-19 all guided tours have been cancelled at this time. You are welcome to walk through these Cemeteries on your own.

Danville National Cemetery

This tour explains why Union soldiers were in Danville and how they became buried in this cemetery. This tour is very interactive and includes locating gravesites and making grave rubbings.

Grove Street Cemetery

While strolling through Danville’s oldest cemetery, you will learn the history and lore of some of the city’s earliest inhabitants. 

Green Hill Cemetery

This tour includes information on Civil War and Victorian burial customs, gravestone symbols, architectural features, and glimpses into the past of many noteworthy citizens. This tour involves extensive walking.

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Millionaires' Row

Due to COVID-19 all guided tours have been cancelled at this time.

This tour opens with a brief lecture on Victorian architecture and a tour of the Sutherlin Mansion. This is followed with a walking tour of Millionaires' Row. Architectural details will be pointed out along with stories about some of the past residents. This tour does involve walking: wear comfortable shoes.

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There's a Story Here

Danville Historical Society's Guided Walking Tour

Your personal guide will tell stories about the people and buildings on Holbrook Street, where the professional African-American people lived from the late 1800s until the late 1960s. 

Your guide will show you: the church where Camilla Williams sang; the houses that were listed in Green Book, the guide for traveling African Americans during segregation; the location of the William F. Grasty Branch of the Danville Public Library; the residence that housed a restaurant for African Americans, and more.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reservations required: 434-770-1974

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The Secrets Inside

Danville Historical Society’s Guided Walking Tour  

Learn little-known facts about the historic buildings and their former residents on or near Millionaires’ Row. An easy 60-90 minute brisk walk takes you into the heart of Danville, Virginia’s Historic District, where you’ll marvel at the beautiful Victorian mansions and churches. Your guide will tell stories about the buildings…and the secrets within their walls. 

 Cost is $10 per person.  Reservations required. 434.770.1974 

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