Welcome to the Award Winning Anderson County Museum

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The Anderson County Museum is in the fundraising stage for our new permanent exhibit, Andersonians in War. Highlighting the heroes of our county and its rich military history, this permanent exhibit will zoom in on the personal experiences of those who were there, giving visitors a chance to live these stories rather than simply read them. Each tale included in this exhibit will offer a unique window into our military past, from the Revolution to the modern day. Read more…

Our 12,000 square foot gallery offers inspiration and innovative experiences through our collections, exhibitions, programs and events. We engage visitors with our artifact-driven approach in galleries that are not static, but offer new and exciting exhibits, events, and programs monthly.

For more than 37 years we have told the stories of Anderson County and South Carolina. These stories educate visitors on the local, regional, and national significance our rich history proclaims. As a museum with more than 25,000 artifacts, our permanent exhibits are always changing. New temporary exhibits are presented quarterly as we collect, preserve, and interpret objects in the ACM collection.

Events for week of July 6, 2020

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July 7 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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July 7 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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July 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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From Our Blog

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Facing Freedom: the Civil War and Violent Outrages
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Facing Freedom: Anderson County’s Path Toward Reconstruction
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Q&A About the Museum

How do I rent the museum? E-mail the Museum Executive Director Beverly Childs at bchilds@andersoncountysc.org. She will need type of function, number of people, date, time, and if you plan to serve wine or beer. You will receive an e-mail reply with the cost.

What are your hours? The Museum is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How do I do research at the Museum? The Roper Research Room is open each Tuesday from 1 – 7 p.m. or by appointment with the Curator. On Tuesdays, there is a trained volunteer in the room to help you with your research.

How do I book a tour? Tours are booked with a volunteer Docent through Linda Loparo. Please call or e-mail Linda to schedule a tour: (864) 260-4737 or email lbloparo@andersoncountysc.org. Include the time and date you would like to come. Tours are done for 3rd grade and above school groups and community groups of ten or more. We do not charge for tours but appreciate groups making a donation.

How much is the admission to the museum? Admission to the Anderson County Museum is free, however we do encourage donations. Donations to the Museum help with the upkeep of current exhibits and the production of new exhibits.

Does the Anderson County Museum purchase artifacts? No, the Anderson County Museum does not purchase artifacts.

How can I volunteer? You can volunteer by filling out a Volunteer Application on the Website. You can also stop by the Museum and fill out an application here.

What type of artifacts does the museum take? The museum takes artifacts related to Anderson County and/or South Carolina.

How do I donate an artifact? You can make an appoint with our Curator, Dustin Norris  – 864-260-4737 or rdnorris@andersoncountysc.org  – to donate artifacts.

Does the Anderson County Museum do appraisals? No, the Anderson County Museum does not have a certified appraiser and we do not do appraisals.

What our Guests Are Saying

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Russell Allred
Russell Allred
22:45 17 Dec 19
Great place. They treat my kids great
Charles Turner
Charles Turner
13:53 11 Dec 19
This is an excellent source of local historic preservation and exhibition. There are many different lectures and events offered on a variety of things involving the area. And, there is a constant... change on what things are showcased on the displays. Always many things of interest on exhibit. Friendly, polite, and professional staff at both the front and throughout the museum. I'm looking forward to the next time I'm able to visit.read more
Jerri McConnell
Jerri McConnell
20:56 24 Nov 19
A quaint little museum that lets the younger generation see the history of Anderson. Wow! How times have changed. A must see.
Wanda Frederick
Wanda Frederick
18:53 01 Nov 19
Great museum for local history. Even our three year old granddaughter enjoyed it.
Sissy Cartee
Sissy Cartee
23:17 20 Aug 19
Always Love going to the Anderson County Museum. The gifts are so cute and rare and the knowledge, I thought I knew everything about Anderson where I was born and raised, but I found out different.... Alot of amazing information and the way the information is placed actually makes you feel like your there. Great place to go & learn about our Great Anderson SC.read more
09:41 10 Jul 19
One of the best times I had with my fiance James Neill before he passed away on May 3, 2019. He was so proud to show off his southern Heritage and I had an amazing time learning so much about the... history of Anderson, SC.read more
15:46 09 Aug 18
I visited this museum for the first time recently while in Anderson. I admit that I wasn't expecting much from a free museum. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by how nice this museum was. For... a local history museum, they have a very extensive collection. Some of the exhibits reminded me of the SCSM in Columbia, which I love. I also loved the activity tables throughout the museum, they kept my toddler occupied. If in Anderson, this museum is definitely worth the visit.read more
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