Plan A Visit

The Museum is open from 10am - 5pm Monday through Saturday

      Sunday 1-4pm

Changing Exhibits

Piedmont Craftsmen – Celebrating 60 Years of Fine Craft   Friday August 11 – Friday October 27 “60 Years of Fine Craft, part 1” is a collection of work that spans the founding of Piedmont Craftsmen in 1963 through 1993. These formative years brought a variety of ideas and styles to the art of fine craft.  The exhibit will open on August 11 and run through October 27th with part 2 coming in August of 2024 featuring artist members from 1994 to the present.


Upcoming Events

Fri Sep 29 @ 8:00pm - 09:30pm
Historic Downtown Mount Airy Ghost Tours
Sat Sep 30 @10:00am - 01:00pm
Genealogy Class for Beginners
Sat Sep 30 @ 2:00pm - 05:00pm
Genealogy Class for Intermediates

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 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.

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Museum receives grant to help archive collections

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The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History just received a grant from the Bay and Paul Foundations that will help the museum better preserve its collections.

The Bay and Paul Foundations, an independent private foundation located in New York City, is the product of the merger in January 2005 of The Bay Foundation and the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation. Established in 1950 and 1962, respectively, the foundations were related organizations, each having distinct — though at times overlapping — program interests. As a result of their shared interests, the foundations occasionally jointly funded or collaborated on projects.

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Ghost Tour Season Begins

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Since the Historic Mount Airy Ghost Tours were so popular in its inaugural season last year, the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is bringing them back this year. The first tour was Friday.

Matt Edwards, executive director of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, said the tours are like Hawaiian shirts, “once you get them out of the closet, they all come out.”

Edwards said once the tours started, everyone started telling them about the ghost stories they knew. Some of those stories have been added to the tour this year.

“If you came last year, the tour is not going to be the same,” said Edwards.

He said last year more than 1,000 people took the tour. He said the program came from board members at the museum and he has been pleased with its success.

“It’s been a great program for us. I was pleasantly surprised,” said Edwards.

Read more: Mount Airy News - Ghost Tours season begins

Tar Heel Junior Historians win State awards

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The local chapter of the Tar Heel Junior Historians won Chapter of the Year again this year on Friday at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

The Tar Heel Junior Historians also won a group award in the intermediate division for literary projects for their project called “Geocaching for History.”

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