Cherokee County
History & Arts Museum
301 College Drive
Gaffney, S.C. 29340

A 90ft Mural, by artist Bill Briggs, is used to explain the role the backcountry of South Carolina played in the American Revolution.
Upcoming Exhibits, Programs, and Events

NOTICE:  New, expanded Museum hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am to 4:00pm!
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  Time Event Additional Information
April 6-May 14
Museum Hours
Mud, Sweat, and Cheers:

Football in the Palmetto State

This exhibit highlights South Carolina's favorite sport from 1899 to today with the addition of local stories and artifacts that relate to the history of football in South Carolina.

Presented in partnership with City of Gaffney for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, Hometown Teams:  How Sports Shape America.

Included with Museum Admission.

Exhibit will be closed on April 24
for a private function.
May 2 10:00am to 7:00pm
Hometown Teams Day at the Museum

A day of special activities to celebrate Hometown Teams in Gaffney.  Guests will have the opportunity to tour the Mud, Sweat, and Cheers temporary exhibit, as well as the many artifacts related to Cherokee County sports that are a part of the Museum's permanent collection with docent tours highlighting local sports stories and figures, and rare access to the Coach Bob Prevatte scrapbook.  The day will conclude with a Kentucky Derby Cocktail Party in the Event Hall.

Wear your favorite team jersey to show your team spirit or dress in your classiest race day attire in celebration of local horse racing history.

All activities included with regular Museum admission of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

May 30  
Pavilion Party

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.

 More information to be announced soon.

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.


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  Museum Admission:  $5.00
  Rates may vary during special events/fundraisers.
  Certain membership levels provide free admission.

  Normal Operating Hours:
  Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
  Saturday times vary by event/ ahead.



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