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
January 27 5pm to 7pm
Family Night at the Museum


A partnership with the Limestone College Communications Department has resulted in the creation of a layer of "smart" exhibits tied to many of the artifacts in the Museum.  Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with the students who produced the smartlayer and several of those who participated in the project.  For a sample, scan the QR code below with your smartphone:

Free Admission from 4pm to 7pm.
Smartlayer acknowledgements at 6:00pm.
January 31

February 1
2pm to 5pm

2pm to 3pm

2nd Annual Super Bowl of Chili Kickoff

Get your 32oz bowl of great tasting chili just in time for the big game.

$10 per quart.  Call today to place your order.  
Pick up at the Museum Entrance on your selected date.
February 14 7pm to 11pm
"Night Out" at the Museum

Bring your sweetheart for a delicious meal, music, dancing, and fun in the Museum Event Hall.

Limited to 96 people.  

Call 864-489-3988 to purchase your tickets.

$35 per person includes admission, full course dinner, beer/wine, music, dancing, and fun.
April 20-May 29 Museum Hours
Mud, Sweat, and Cheers:

Football in the Palmetto State

This exhibit highlights South Carolina's favorite sport from 1899 to today.  

Included with Museum Admission.
More to be announced soon.
April 25 7pm until
Tailgate Party

Put on your favorite jersey and join us for a tailgate-themed party to celebrate the Mud, Sweat, and Cheers football exhibit.

Check back soon for more details.

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.    

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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