Greensboro Historical Museum
The Greensboro Historical Museum is located in a former Presbyterian Church--it's home since the museum's creation in 1938. The premiere history museum in the region, this institution offers a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits that preserve and share the history of Greensboro from the period when Native American tribes controlled the area to the arrival of settlers of European descent in the early 19th century. The museum's leading exhibits tell the story of early settlers, the Civil War, early businesses and commercial development, and famous residents and families from this section of the country. This museum also offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year. Admission to the museum is available free of charge thanks to the museum's supporters. There are also special programs for educators as the museum staff work to support curriculum development in the North Carolina school system.
Backstory and Context
Visitors should also be sure to save time for the "Welcome to the Gate City" exhibit that offers a view of the city at the turn-of-the-century. This exhibit includes a look at early telephone communication, a historic pharmacy and other early businesses, and life for young people including daily chores and exhibits about some of the city's early schools.
The museum also offers an exhibit that preserves the history of Warnersville an area of the city that was home to many African Americans--one of the first black neighborhoods in the state. This exhibit offers a wealth of technological exhibits that show the history of black businesses, churches, schools, and community groups through Ipads and kiosks that offer reference information.