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**With the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff in mind the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History will be closing to the public at 5:00PM, Tuesday March 17 and will remain closed until further notice.  During this time the museum’s staff will be on site working during regular operating hours and can be reached by phone or email. As we work our way through this situation we’ll be launching some new web-based programming and activities so please follow our social media feeds for more information on those offerings as they develop. Our apologies for any inconvenience and thanks for your understanding and support.**

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Changing Exhibits

Coming Soon-  Spirited: Prohibition in America

Upcoming Events

Fri Jul 10 @ 8:00pm - 09:30pm
Historic Downtown Mount Airy Ghost Tours
Mon Jul 13 @ 9:00am - 01:00pm
Animal Discovery Camp
Mon Jul 27 @ 1:00pm - 05:00pm
Detective Camp!

Who We Are


Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

IMG_8201_-_Copy_606x640 Ours is an all American story - typical of how communities grew up all across our great nation. While our story takes place in the back country of northwestern North Carolina at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is likely to bear many similarities to the development of crossroads, towns, and cities throughout America.

It had taken little more than 100 years for the corridors along the coastline of this still-new continent to overflow. As tensions grew and conflicts flared, the pioneer spirit set in. Families literally packed up everything they owned and headed into the unknown-searching for the "promised land."

Mission Statement:

The Purpose of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is to  Collect, Preserve and Interpret the Natural, Historic, and Artistic Heritage of the Region

                                                                      Adopted by the Board of Directors   October 9, 1995

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Mount Airy Museum Of Regional History

Kids who dig history wanted!

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For kids who are interested in learning more about the history of their hometown, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History has just the ticket. The Jesse Franklin Pioneers branch of the Tarheel Junior Historians is seeking students in grades four through eight who are interested in joining the group. The club is free to join. Matt Edwards, executive director with the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said he is excited about the upcoming year with the historians. Each year, the club delves into a different project that piques the kids’ interest. “This is a way to keep things fun and interesting for them. We have something fun in store for the kids this year. I’m not going to say what it is. You’ll have to join the club to find out what we are going to do,” said Edwards. Last year, the local chapter was named the chapter of the year at the statewide Tarheel Junior Historian Association. Read more: Mount Airy News - Kids who dig history wanted

History Talks to begin Saturday at the Museum

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The fall series of the History Talks program begins Saturday at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History at 2 p.m.

Marion Venable will give a talk about General Henry Wolfe Butner, a World War I general from this area.

“I’m looking forward to the program. Right now there is a renewed interested in World War I in history circles. All the folks who lived through that experience are gone. So, for whatever reason, there’s beginning to be a rekindling of interest in World War I and World War II history,” said Matt Edwards, executive director of the museum. “We approached Marion, who is always a wealth of knowledge, about being our kick-off speaker this fall. This is going to be a great program. It’s free to the public.”

Read more: Mount Airy News - History Talks to begin Saturday at museum

Girl Scout Exhibit to Open at Museum

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On Aug. 10, an exhibit highlighting the centennial of Girl Scouts will be opening at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History. The exhibit is called “Courage, Confidence and Character: 100 Years of Girl Scouts.”

Matt Edwards, executive director of the museum, said this exhibit will take the place of the White Liquor Dirt Tracks exhibit that opened in January. He said this exhibit highlights the last 100 years of Girl Scouting, both on a national and local level.

Read more: Mount Airy News - Girl Scout exhibit to open at museum

Kids get hands on history during museum’s camp

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This week, kids enrolled at the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s summer camp are getting their hands on history while learning about everything from the Civil War to how technology is used to discover history.

The camp was originally designed as a Time Traveler program for younger kids in the mornings this week and a History Detective program for the older kids in the afternoons, but, due to a low turnout this year, the camps were combined into one afternoon camp that includes both older and younger kids.

“What that really did was allow the kids to get the best of both worlds,” said Matt Edwards, executive director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History.

Read more: Mount Airy News - Kids get hands on history during museum’s camp

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