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National Sporting Library & Museum

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Address: 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
Phone Number: +1 540-687-6542
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Founded in 1954, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is...

Founded in 1954, the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is located in Middleburg, the heart of Virginia's beautiful hunt country. The inviting, 6-acre campus, world-class research Library, and fine art Museum highlight the rich heritage and tradition of equestrian sport. The NSLM offers a wide variety of educational programs, exhibitions, and family activities throughout the year.

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Beautiful Art Work!

The museum is well lit, clean and has tons of space. The exhibits are beautiful and so are the grounds.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Heather W
Bel Air, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had driven by this museum several times and finally decided to stop in. It is mainly just an art gallery with just four rooms (the larger two divided into to little sections) and it costs $10. The art is very nice and the special exhibit was cool but I am not sure it is worth ten dollars unless you... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The museum is well lit, clean and has tons of space. The exhibits are beautiful and so are the grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I was overwhelmed to find such a wonderful museum in a small community like Middleburg. What a wonderful experience and a fantastic museum.

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Coto de Caza, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

These are adjacent buildings, in a beautiful setting.The library is a model of what a small community library should be! The museum has a variety of art and we enjoyed our time there.

Thank Wisdomteeth
Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

This was a pleasant stop. The grounds and building itself are very attractive. We liked the paintings. If you want fine art, put a horse in it. Also the fly fishing exhibition was excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

I knew nothing about sporting before visiting this museum, so I'm glad I stopped by! It's in a gorgeous historic building from the turn of the 18th century, and it's a beautiful setting for the artwork inside. It's free while a French exhibit is going on, so go for a visit! Emily at the front desk was so helpful and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

A beautiful building with rooms full of wonderful and interesting artwork. Lucky for us we happened to be there on a Wednesday, which are free!

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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

A lovely combination of architecture and design. The library has an incredibly depth of sporting literature both in the stacks as well as stiorage. There are comforatble niches to sit and browse as well as nice tables. The staff is helpful and knowledgable. The Gallery is beautifully appointed. The permanent collection is attractive and the visiting exhibitions can be very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

Went with friends to this library. Art was very well curated. Lots of employees around. Only suggestion would be to have them give tutorials on the rooms art where they are standing. It was a good time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

When in town, a must visit! It's history itself is spectacular. Recent construction had improved the site but the museum has always been a great place to bring my children to. They have great programs and visiting artists who are very talented or even world recognized in sporting arts or the equestrian world.

Thank Kimberly W

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