About Our Museum
The Winchester Museum — the 2007 winner of the South Carolina Federation of Museums' Award of Achievement — is located at the Wild Turkey Center, the NWTF's national headquarters, in Edgefield, S.C.
The Wild Turkey Center is a first-class work place for more than 100 national staff members who serve the NWTF's members. With more than 30,000 square feet, the Wild Turkey Center includes the Winchester Museum, an Outdoor Education Center, a 3,000-square-foot conference center and a large warehouse.
The Winchester Museum features interactive exhibits such as:
the world's largest turkey call, which visitors can actually step into and learn how to operate different types of wild turkey calls,
a retired USDA Forest Service helicopter,
a wildlife oddities display and
3-D dioramas depicting the five wild turkey subspecies and the ocellated species in their natural habitats.
An animated, life-like storyteller sits in a rocking chair and tells stories about the history of the NWTF, turkey hunting and conservation. Also featured is a state-of-the-art animatronic Cherokee Indian, who shares legends and stories about wild turkeys.
An action-packed video highlights America's largest resident game bird and the conservation methods and people who have lifted the wild turkey from the brink of extinction to populations in the millions.
Historic turkey calls donated by master turkey call makers Neil Cost and M.L. Lynch are some of the museum's most treasured collections. Through these exhibits, visitors can easily view the evolution of turkey calls spanning more than a century.
A virtual reality theater allows takes visitors deep in a spring forest at the break of dawn, mixing the sounds of nature with early morning calls of wild turkeys flying down from their roosts.
Winchester Museum Satellite Exhibits
The Virginia Museum of Natural History's new Living Off the Land exhibit shows the many ways in which humans depend on nature. The exhibit includes information about Virginia's wildlife, modern and ancient hunting and fishing methods, as well as the evolution of the rifle and modern camouflage.
VMNH staff members, educators and scientists developed the exhibit in partnership with the NWTF. It's open until Jan. 14. NWTF members receive discounts on museum admission and in the gift shop, where they'll find NWTF merchandise.
The Living Off the Land exhibit includes a collection of trophy deer mounts, a large collection of firearms, information and displays highlighting fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities in Virginia. The NWTF, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Orvis and other organizations and individuals loaned items for the exhibit.