Upcoming Exhibits, Programs, and Events
NOTICE: New, expanded Museum hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am to 4:00pm!
||4:00pm to 7:00pm
Bring the family out to celebrate the opening of the Museum Pavilion. This preservation effort has saved the former Irene Park Pavilion Roof, relocating it to the Historic Mustering Grounds at the History & Arts Museum.
Performances by two-time American Idol contestant Ali Henderson, Abby & Donnie Elmore, Off the Wall, and Bernie Swangym. Funtastic Inflatables for the kids! Food available.
free admission for children under 12.
Located on the 1812 mustering ground of the South Carolina Militia and the site of the historic Central School, the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum is also home to the offices of its governing body, the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.
Phase One of the facility opened in May 2008. The Museum houses nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of permanent exhibits
ranging in topic from Native Americans and the American Revolution to Geology and Moonshiners. Since opening the Museum has hosted special exhibits such as the Corridor of Shame
, Artful Bra Project
, and a presentation of pieces by internationally-known artist Johnnie Lee Gray
, immediately following their display at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
In 2011, the Museum commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks through the exhibit Eyewitnesses to 9/11: From Tragedy to Transformation
. In addition, the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society partnered with Gaffney High School for the "Where Were You?" oral history project. In May 2013, the Museum presented the special exhibit Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers
in celebration of its fifth anniversary and hosted Cowboys: Dust of the Trail
in summer 2014.
Recently, a partnership with the Limestone College communications department has allowed for installation of a smartlayer in the Museum galleries which allows visitors an interactive experience through videos about the objects and stories that make our collection so great. Scan the QR code below for a sample:
The Museum is quickly becoming a popular rentable space having hosted various events including business conferences, wedding receptions, reunions, and more.
Renovations on Phase Two of the building have been completed increasing the amount and quality of rentable spaces thanks to a generous grant from The Timken Foundation. Upon completion of Phases II and III, the History & Arts Museum will house over 20,000sq. feet of exhibits, meeting spaces, and educational resources for Cherokee County residents and visitors.
The Museum is recently completed the Museum Assessment Program through the American Association of Museums and has been named a Blue Star Museum by the National Endowment for the Arts for the past three years.
Rates may vary during special events/fundraisers.
levels provide free admission.
Normal Operating Hours:
Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday times vary by event/season...call ahead.