Anderson County Museum

The Anderson County Museum is not your grandfather’s history museum. It tells the story of the County’s history to all residents, but particularly to the children. The Museum has been telling stories about Anderson County for more than thirty years. Activities are designed to make it fun for kids to explore and to learn.

The Museum’s mission is to collect, curate, interpret and exhibit items that illustrate the County’s history, and to preserve its heritage. There are currently more than 25,000 items in the permanent collection. The collection is continuing to grow. The items in the collection have been donated by County residents.

An important Museum resource is the Roper Research Room, which houses books, documents and other materials related to the County’s history. Residents may use the Roper Research Room for free, but some restrictions apply, such as limits on taking photographs. The Roper Room has limited materials on genealogy. Another useful resource is an online collection database.

In 2015, the Museum had more than 21,000 visitors. Visitors may come during scheduled operating hours, or tours may be arranged in advance. Tours will be conducted by trained docents.

A major exhibit is being planned which will open in 2020. It will feature Andersonians in America’s war, including both those who served and those on the home front.

The museum has 13,000 square feet of gallery space for exhibits. The Museum may be rented for special events. Organizations or businesses interested in having an event at the Museum should contact management well in advance of the intended date to be sure the facility is available.

There is a Museum shop where visitors may purchase a wide variety of items. Proceeds from the shop support the Museum. Anderson County funds the Museum staff and operations. Donations from residents and visitors also help finance the Museum.

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