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

Open Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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Now through December 31
CHAPS 1,000 Member Challenge

Help the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society reach its goal of 1,000 members by the end of the year.  Join today by sending in the membership form below at your preferred level.

CHAPS Membership Form

December 5 8:00am to 10:30am Pancakes for Preservation
Join us for breakfast with Santa at the History & Arts Museum.  Delicious pancakes, cooked to order, with a side of thick-cut bacon or sausage links, covered with your choice of toppings are served with coffee, milk, or juice.  Have your photo made with Santa by local photographer Haley Grant (or use your own camera).  To purchase tickets, call 864-489-3988, stop by the Museum or buy directly from any CHAPS Board Member.  $10 per person/$5 under 12.

Engraved Brick Campaign

Memorialize or honor those you love by purchasing an engraved brick to be installed on the Museum grounds.

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.  Most recently, local football was celebrated with the Mud, Sweat, and Cheers football exhibit.

A partnership with the Limestone College communications department has allowed for installation of a smart-layer 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.
  Special rates apply for groups of 10 or more.
  Certain membership levels provide free admission.

  Operating Hours:
  Open Mondays-Fridays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  Saturday times vary by event/ ahead.


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