Updated: April 2019
Going Back in Time
Located in Morganton’s former City Hall, a contemporary building from the 1960s, The History Museum of Burke County sports a collection of over 20,000 artifacts, ranging from the American Revolution (1765-1783) to the mid 20th century. Guided tours are available.
The museum’s impressively large and passionately curated collection is spread over 22 rooms, several of which recreate typical town-life settings from the 20th century, such as the Burkmont Hotel’s barber shop, Vivian’s Beauty Parlor, Dave’s Café as well as the offices of an optometrist and a dentist.
Other rooms are dedicated to historical military artifacts or fashion from a long gone-by era, furniture from the 1930s, old telephones, typewriters, and slot machines. A hallway is lined with historical maps and drawings, and the basement exhibits moonshine equipment.
Most of the artifacts on display have been donated from private collectors, such as the hundreds of scale model airplanes, which were enthusiastically built by a U.S. Air Force retiree and then donated to the museum.
The History Museum of Burke County also operates the Railroad Depot and Museum.
Tue. to Fri.: 10am to 4pm.
Sat.: 10am to 2pm.
Guided tours by volunteers are available upon request.
Free on-premise parking.
The History Museum of Burke County is family friendly and showcases many artifacts that kids may have read or heard about, but have probably never seen, such as an old telephone, typewriter or old school equipment.
The History Museum of Burke County is an ideal indoor destination on a rainy day.
The History Museum of Burke County is accessible by wheelchair. An elevator can be used to access the basement.
Restrooms are available.