• Library

  • Museum

  • “Shooting Flying”

  • Izaak Walton (1593-1683), The Compleat Angler

  • Coaching Event

  • Civil War Horse

  • Afield in America exhibition

  • NSLM Campus

"We’re extremely grateful to our contributors and proud to provide access to international scholars and the public to learn about American field sports." – Manuel H. Johnson, Chairman of the Board.

Welcome to the National Sporting Library and Museum

The Library and Museum are located in the beautiful historic village of Middleburg, Virginia. The NSLM consists of two buildings on the same campus. The Library, built in 1999, was designed to provide facilities for book stewardship and research. It has the Forrest Read more

“It’s quite an accomplishment to create an environment that preserves historic works of art and reflects the character it seeks to protect." – Manuel H. Johnson, Chairman of the Board.

Welcome to the National Sporting Library and Museum

The Library and Museum are located in two buildings on a seven acre campus in Middleburg, Virginia. For several years, the National Sporting Library occupied a pre-Civil War house called Vine Hill. In 1999, on the same property, the Library built a carriage-style building specially Read more

“Shooting Flying” in Literature and Art
Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall, Library
March 16 - June 30, 2012

March 16 - June 30, 2012

This exhibit takes its name from PTERYPLEGIA: Or, The Art of SHOOTING-FLYING, A POEM, by Mr. Markland, A.B., fellow of St. John’s College in Oxford, and published in 1717. This book, of which the National Sporting Library and Museum has a third edition (1767), is Read more

“Sporting art exhibits will draw people to our campus and they will see the depth of our organization and the way in which both the Library and the Museum work together." – Rick Stoutamyer, Executive Director.

About the National Sporting Library and Museum

The National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, Virginia, is dedicated to preserving, sharing and promoting the literature, art and culture of horse and field sports. Founded as the National Sporting Library in 1954, by George L. Ohrstrom, Sr. and Alexander Mackay-Smith, the institution has Read more

"It’s important to remember our past, and it is exciting to bring the past to life. Without organizations such as NSLM and their supporters dedicated to preserving history, it would be lost.” Frolic Weymouth, President of the Four-in-Hand Club

National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, Virginia, Hosts Major Coaching Event

To commemorate the opening of the Museum, the NSLM  hosted a historic Coaching event during a weekend celebration October 7 - 9, 2011. There were  23 historic coaches participating in a pageant on Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., at the Upperville Colt Read more

The war-weary horse honors 1.5 million horses and mules that died in the Civil War.

The sculpture is the idea and gift of philanthropist Paul Mellon

The sculpture, located in the NSLM courtyard, is by one of Britain's leading animal sculptors Tessa Pullan. Read more about the sculpture.

"Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal & Sporting Art,"  October 11, 2011 through January 14, 2012.

Cover image of the catalog for the exhibition: William Tylee Ranney, "On the Wing," 1850. Private Collection.

About the Exhibition Afield in America

October 11, 2011 through January 14, 2012

The inaugural exhibition for the new Museum is Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal & Sporting Art , curated by F. Turner Reuter, Jr., and based on his book Animal and Sporting Artists in America which was published Read more

A Research Center For Horse and Field Sports

The Library will be closed for maintenance on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 5/29 to 5/31. The Museum will remain open.


Sea Hero
by sculptor Tessa Pullan

Upcoming Programs and Events

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May 22 | NSLM Open Late
May 23 | The Dynamic Role of Lady Masters: A Foxhunting Roundtable

May 30 | Sea Hero Symposium POSTPONED
June 07 | Sunday Sketch with Dana Lee Thompson
June 15 | Daniels Fellowship Application Deadline

June 17 | The Past, Present, and Future of Eventing, Panel Discussion
June 19 | Part of the Pack: Colin Barker exhibition open


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5th Annual Benefit Polo Match and Brunch

September 13, 2015


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The National Sporting Library & Museum, located in beautiful, historic Middleburg, Virginia, is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian, angling and field sports. Founded in 1954, the institution has over 26,000-books dating from the 16th-21st centuries. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The Museum, a newly renovated and expanded historic building on the Library campus, houses exhibits of American and European animal and sporting fine art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public.



National Sporting Library & Museum

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Library: Free | Museum Free to NSLM Members

General Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older) $8, Youth (13–18) $8, Youth (12 & under) Free

Free Admission on Wednesdays and last Sundays of the month.

The NSLM is closed on federal holidays. 
In the case of bad weather, the NSLM follows Loudoun County school district decisions.

102 The Plains Road
Middleburg, Virginia 20118-1335
Telephone: (540) 687-6542
Fax: (540) 302-8052

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