Monday, November 8, 2010

Living History Museums - A Great Way to Connect With Ancestors

Roots travel is about connections. Connections with place and connections with people. At living history museums, you can find both those connections in abundant supply.

A living history museum is a museum that recreates life in a certain place at a certain time period, often with museum employees in costume dress, ready to answer your questions.  If you have ancestors from that place and time period, it is one of the best ways of better understanding how those ancestors lived. You can see the way they dressed, ate, and lived, all in one museum. If there is a living history museum near your planned itinerary, you should definitely consider taking the time to visit.

Below are just a few living history museums to consider if you are in the area -

The list could go on and on - the above are just a few examples.  Next time you plan on traveling, check to see if there is a living history museum in the area. You won't regret it.

If you have a living history museum you've visited and particularly enjoyed, please let us know in the comments.


  1. I LOVED the one in Wales that we went to. It was awesome, and FREE. I have also enjoyed one in Carrol County Maryland.

  2. The Atlanta History Center has a great living history exhibit. The Tullie Smith Farm is a plantation house that survived the burning of Atlanta and has been moved onto the museum grounds.

  3. Thanks for the comments! I just wrote about the one in Wales. Thanks for the great info on the Atlanta History Center!