Cherokee County
History & Arts Museum

301 College Drive
Gaffney, S.C. 29340
864-489-3988

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
February 13 4:00pm to 7:00pm Family Night at the Museum
History of Valentine's Day Presentation at 5:30pm.
  Cancelled due to weather.
Free admission from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
February 25 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Girls Night Out
Let's Play Bunco
  $20 per person for CHAPS members.
$25 per person for non-members.
Call ahead to sign-up...864-489-3988.
March 13 4:00pm to 7:00pm Family Night at the Museum
History of St. Patrick's Day Presentation at 6pm.
Free admission from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
March 13 7:00pm to 9:00pm Wine Tasting Seminar   $20 per person for CHAPS members.
$25 per person for non-members.
Call ahead to register...864-489-3988.
April 8 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Brushes and Bottles   $30 per person for CHAPS members.
$35 per person for non-members.
Includes all paint supplies.
Bring your own beverage and snacks.
Limited to 20 people.
Call ahead to register...864-489-3988.
April 24 4:00pm to 7:00pm Family Night at the Museum
Earth Day Activity for the Kids
Presentation by Karen Allen of the Cherokee Soil
and Water Conservation District
at 6:00pm.
Free admission from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
May 15 7:00pm to 9:00pm Wine Tasting Seminar

$20 per person for CHAPS members.
$25 per person for non-members.
Call ahead to register...864-489-3988.
May 17 10:00am to 4:00pm Potters on Gaffney's Old Field
Pottery Show & Sale
Potters from across the region show and sale their works at this annual event in its second decade. 

$5 adults/$3 under 12 includes Museum admission.

Potters interested in registering should return the form below:

POTTER REGISTRATION FORM
May 23 9:00am to 4:00pm Living History Day A day devoted to educating Cherokee County students through historical re-enactments, storytelling, crafts, exhibits, discussions, and other activities developed to address South Carolina Social Studies Standards. 

Free to Cherokee County students. 

In partnership with the American Legion Post #109, Captain Moses Wood Camp #125 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Cherokee County Veterans Museum, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary 54 Jack E. Daniel, Daniel Morgan Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Moses Wood Chapter #460 United Daughters of the Confederacy, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3447.


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 was has been named a Blue Star Museum by the National Endowment for the Arts for the past two 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/season...call ahead.
 

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