The Gaston County Museum is Now Open!
The museum has implemented new safety and cleaning procedures in line with CDC, state, and county guidelines to safeguard our staff and visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Find answers to frequently asked questions, below, about visting the museum during this time.
Many of the museum's procedures have changes due to COVID-19. We are following the state and county guidelines on safe re-opening procedures for our visiors and can't wait to welcome you back! Click below for frequently asked questions about what we are doing to ensure your safety while visiting the museum.
Our entrance door has changed! When arriving at the museum, please use the accessible entrance to the left of the Hoffman Hotel. When the museum is open, there will be welcome signs to guide you.
We ask that all visitors wear masks during their visit. The museum will provide masks upon entry to any visiors in need of one.
Visitors are no longer required to have their temperature checked upon entry. Please do not plan your visit at a time where you are feeling unwell.
You do not need a reservation to visit the museum. Stop by during our opening hours!
Visitor numbers are limited to 10 persons per hour. The museum is housed in a 1852 building, and so interior spaces are not as large as modern buildings. Limiting guests to 10 per hour helps us to ensure safe social distancing.
Upon visiting the museum, please bring a mask. If you don't have one, a mask will be provided for you.
The first and second floor galleries, and the Carriage House, are open to the public and contain feature exhibits. The third floor galleries and historic hotel rooms, as well as the Depot, are closed at this time.
We encourage you to take as much as needed to enjoy the museum's exhibits. Most visitors plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours exploring the galleries.
The Gaston County Museum is located on the Historic Dallas Courthouse Square, in Dallas N.C. at the corners of West Main and Holland Streets. Map
131 West Main St.
Dallas, N.C. 28034
Free on-street parking is available in front of the museum and around the Historic Dallas Courthouse Square. Additional parking can be found behind the museum’s Daniel Stowe Carriage House on West Church Street.
Accessible parking spaces are available in front of the Museum. The main entrance is wheelchair accessible and is located directly in front of parking. The Gaston County Museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout, with an elevator in the modern staircase.
Accessible, all-gender bathrooms with baby changers are located on the 1st floor of the Museum.
Visitors with Sensory Sensitivity please note that the 2nd Floor exhibit “1929 Strike: A Community Divided” includes some loud noises, competing sounds, bright visual imagery, and narrow hallways.
The Kessell History Center is Temporarily Closed.
The Kessell History Center is located inside the Historic Loray Mill.
300 S Firestone St.
Gastonia, N.C. 28052
Free on-siteparking is available in front of Loray Mill
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Gaston County Museum strives to inspire diverse audiences to consider their shared histories through the art and history of Gaston County, NC and its surrounding region.
To interpret the art and history of Gaston County and the region through education, preservation, and collection.
Embrace: Design and implement a plan embracing the region’s history and artistic culture to understand Gaston County’s unique legacy and enhance the quality of life for our citizens and visitors to Gaston County.
Educate: Lead collaborative efforts to present quality education programs and museum events for the region.
Engage: Increase local and regional community engagement with the museum as a preferred art and history destination of interest.
Enlighten: Utilize interactive and immersive exhibits designed to inform and entertain diverse age groups and audiences.
Expand: Expand the capacity of the museum to continuously grow and develop throuighj serving its missions, promoting its vision, and securing resources to achieve its goals.
THE MUSEUM STORE
The Museum Store is temporarily closed.
Group tours are temporarily postponed.
Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule their visit to the museum in order to ensure the best visit possible. Private tours are available upon request, or Museum Guides can direct your group on how to enjoy the museum at your own pace.
For questions or to schedule your visit, call 704-922-7681.