130 Summit Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27401
phone: 336-373-2043
fax: 336-373-2204
Museum Type(s)
Fred Goss, Director
phone: 336-373-2306
Betty K. Phipps, Curator of Education
phone: 336-333-6831
Stephen Catlett, Archivist
phone: 336-373-2976
Linda Evans, Community Historian
phone: 336-373-2610
Susan Webster, Registrar/Curator of Textiles and Clothing
phone: 336-373-2479
Jon Zachman, Curator of Collections
phone: 336-373-4589
Shane Carrico, Curator of Exhibits
phone: 336-373-2185
Cynthia Kennard, Museum Shop Manager
phone: 336-373-2949


Local history museum. Ten galleries plus 2 restored houses and blacksmith shop in adjacent park. Collections strong in military history, furniture, decorative arts.


The Greensboro Historical Museum was founded by volunteers in 1924. Its home since 1939 has been a former church building dating to 1892, a building since listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Accredited by the American Associations since 1984, the museum joined the Smithsonian Affliation program in 2006. Approximately 15,000 sq. ft. of exhibit galleries feature military history, early transportation, social and ethnic history, historic room interiors, early 20th- century Greensboro, Dolley Madison, O. Henry, Confederate firearms, and the 1960 Greensboro Sit-Ins. Two historic houses, blacksmith shop, and woodworking shop are located in an adjacent park.

Artifacts Collections

  • Three-dimensional objects including the following areas: Costume and Textiles, Decorative Arts, Fine Arts, Militaria, Business and Industry, Sports, Entertainment, Work, Education, Religion and Politics. Major collections include military history, textiles

Research Collections

  • Archives: Two-dimensional items including paper based documents (manuscript and printed materials) and publications, audio-visual material, digital records, photographs, art on paper, numismatic and currency. Museum archives includes 150,000 documents,

Educational Programs

  • Free guided tours for groups of all ages Annual teachers guide Two annual endowed lecture programs Volunteer force of 200 including teens Active docent group of 30 with annual and ongoing training Monthly volunteer newsletter Outreach including traveling trunks to schools Talks by museum staff on and off-site.


Facility of the City of Greensboro


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


Greensboro Historical Museum Journal - bimonthly