The History Museum's collections are comprised of donations and loans of artifacts specific to the history and culture of Burke County from its prehistory, when the Catawba and Cherokee Indians lived on the land, until the late 1960s, the time of the county's greatest industrial development.

All exhibits are shown in open-room settings, giving the visitor a unique, personalized perspective of the hundreds of artifacts on display.  There are 10,000 sq. ft. of display space on two floors.  An average tour takes 1-1 1/2 hrs. if docent led; less time if the visitor chooses to see only specific exhibits.

Some of our most popular exhibits can be seen by clicking on the photos below.


Have something you want to donate to one of our collections? Visit our Donations page to learn more about donating artifacts.