Greensboro History Museum

130 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27401 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Free Everyday

In partnership with the community, the Greensboro History Museum – a Smithsonian Affiliate – collects the city's diverse history and connects people to that history and one another through engaging exhibits, educational programs and community dialogue. Its main building is an expanded historic church building that has over 20,000 square feet devoted to sharing stories and experiences. Adjacent to the main museum is the Mary Lynn Richardson Park which includes the historic Isley and McNairy Houses, as well as the Hockett Blacksmith and Woodworking Shops, and the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The Greensboro History Museum holds and cares for more than 30,000 objects collected over a century. These tangible pieces of history illustrate the social, economic and cultural life of the Greensboro and Guilford County area. They also connect the city to important North Carolina, national and world stories. Noteworthy collections include military history, decorative arts, textiles, business and manufacturing. Some objects represent individuals with Greensboro connections, such as First Lady Dolley Madison, short story author O. Henry and NC Supreme Court Justice Henry Frye. Others highlight historic events, from the establishment of textile mills to landmark moments in the civil rights struggle, or bring together a single collector's lifetime work or the collective energy of people in the community.

The Greensboro History Museum is a division of the City of Greensboro Library Department and operates as a public-private partnership with the nonprofit GHM Inc. Through this support, museum admittance and programs are free to the public


Visitors can see permanent exhibitions "Voices of a City", a chronicle of Greensboro history from pre-colonial times to the early 2000s, and "Welcome to the Gate City", a re-creation of early-20th century Greensboro town square for all ages. The weekend of September 18th will be the closing of the museum's national award winning exhibition "Pieces of Now: Murals, Masks, Community Stories and Conversations". The exhibit features nearly 20 pieces of street art created as part of the summer 2020 protests, along with photos, objects and video interviews with artists and organizers. The exhibition also invites the community to share experiences, stories and objects related to the protests, pandemic and economic crisis. This is a different from other exhibitions in the museum. It is about now.

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