LYNCHBURG, Va. -

The Lynchburg Museum is giving visitors a new way to experience a local waterway.

They're opening a new exhibit called "Experience the James."  It features artifacts like tools and pottery that were found near the river.

Each piece tells the story of how people lived along the water during the past 400 years.

Many of the items are on loan from museums around the state, giving visitors a chance to see a wide variety of valuable relics in one place.

"We really went all over Virginia and talked to museums, artists, and individuals who had items that could illustrate the story we are trying to tell," said museum director, Doug Harvey.

The exhibit also stresses the importance of keeping the water clean.

Experience the James opens Friday and will stay at the museum for the next 18 months.