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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Date Time Event Additional Information
July 11 7:00pm Cowboy Party A party to open the Ed Brown's Rodeo and Cowboy Exhibits, complete with Line Dancing (lessons included) and other fun.  Chuckwagon buffet included with entry.  $20 for CHAPS members and $25 for non-members.  Saloon opens at 7:00pm.  Call 864-489-3988 or stop by the museum to reserve your space.  
Availability Limited-Call Today!
July 11-Aug 2

During Museum Hours
Ed Brown's Rodeo
and Dust of the Trail Cowboy Exhibits

In Partnership with the Schiele Museum of
Natural History
Celebrating over four decades of the Ed Brown Rodeo in Cherokee County, this exhibit is combined with components from the Schiele Museum of Natural History to tell the surprising history of the American Cowboy!
July 31 4:00pm to 7:00pm Family Night Free admission to Museum galleries and special exhibits.
September 11-
October 18
During Museum 
The American Revolutionary War
1775-1783 in South Carolina

In Partnership with the S.C. State Museum
Made possible by The Humanities Council SC
Displayed for the first time outside of the S.C. State Museum, The American Revolution in South Carolina examines the major role that S.C. played in the War for Independence, where over 200 engagements took place (more than any other colony).
September 16 TBA Constitution Day Forum Historian Ivory Wilson leads a discussion on the United States Constitution.
September 20 TBA Casino Night More info coming...Save the date!
November 1 6:00pm to 9:00pm Ghost Walk
December 6 8:00am to 11:00am Pancakes For Preservation  

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.

From August 25 to September 17, 2011 the Museum commemorated the 10th 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 year anniversary.

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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