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Who are Museum Patrons?

Patron Guide

Museum Patrons are individuals just like you who support the Anderson County Museum through an annual membership.

Friends of the Anderson County Museum

The Friends of the Anderson County Museum is a private 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Gifts made to the Friends of the Anderson County Museum exclusively support Museum exhibits and programs. Anderson County funds the Museum’s staff and the operation of its facility. It is more important than ever to preserve the fabric of our history by investing in our past and future for generations to come. The Friends raise money annually through memberships, the Gala, and other events. Please join the Friends of the Anderson County Museum to support our exhibits and educational programs!

Our Mission: The award winning Anderson County Museum collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts that document the history of Anderson County and South Carolina.

Our Vision: As the custodian of local and regional history, the Anderson county Museum is a key element in our county’s cultural arts scene and intellectual landscape. We seek to broaden the perspectives of visitors through exhibits and programs which celebrate our shared pasts, commemorate growth, and promote healthy discussion throughout the community. 

We value education and a culture of inclusion as we offer opportunities for visitors to explore, discover, and enjoy history. We aim to serve as a community center and to provide an environment which welcomes and encourages our patrons to genuinely encounter the past. 

What Patrons Support

Exhibits: The 12,000 square foot Fred Whitten Gallery has many permanent and temporary exhibits. 

Museum Store: If you are looking for a special gift or book, find it at Whitner’s Mercantile, the ACM museum store.

Education: Monthly programs, book signings, and presentations offer something for every age group.

Collections: As an actively collecting museum, we work to preserve Anderson County and South Carolina history one piece at a time.

Roper Research Room: Our research room is a great resource for teachers, students, and researchers. Cataloged in our database are more than 21,400 artifacts with pictures attached.

Events: We host a range of unique events from Pirates and Princesses, to Galas and Exhibit Openings.

Patron Benefits

All patrons receive:

– Notifications about ACM special events and exhibits
– A 10% discount on all non-sale items in Whitner’s Mercantile.
-Benefits are for one year from date of joining.

Student Patrons


Receive patron benefits with student ID.

Family Patrons


Receive patron benefits above for you and all members living in your household.

Sustainer’s Society


Receive all of the above benefits plus a private ACM tour. Contact the Museum Director Beverly Childs at to set up your tour. Please state you are a Sustainer’s Society Patron.  

Curator’s Club


Receive all Sustainer’s Society benefits, plus 15% off non-sale items in Whitner’s Mercantile.

Director’s Guild


Receive all Curator’s Cub benefits, plus one free Family Patron to give as a gift.

Foundation Fellow

• All of the above benefits plus:
• Use of the ACM Courtyard and/or Hall of Fame Room for one private function (excludes gallery).
• 20% discount on non-sale items in the ACM Store

Corporate Partner

• Two free Family Contributor’s Circle Patrons to give as a gift
• 20% discount on rental fee for annual, one-time ACM facility use which includes gallery
• Framed Patron Certificate – for placement in an office or other prominent location announcing your support of the Anderson County Museum
• Web site listing: New and renewing businesses will be listed on the ACM Web site