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 through serving its missions, promoting its vision, and securing resources to achieve its goals.
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.
The Kessell History Center
The Kessell History Center is located inside the Historic Loray Mill.
Tuesday and Friday from 11am-5pm
300 S Firestone St.
Gastonia, N.C. 28052
Free on-siteparking is available in front of Loray Mill
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.
The museum follows state and county guidelines on safe opening procedures, and we look forward to welcoming you back! Click below for frequently asked questions about what we are doing to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Gaston County 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.
Masks are not required to enter the museum, but are available upon request.
You do not need a reservation to visit the museum. Stop by during our opening hours!
Visitor numbers are not limited at this time, but we ask that visitors continue to follow social distancing guidelines.
The museum is located in the heart of Historic Dallas, N.C. There are restaurants in walking distance, as well as the Dallas public library, Cloninger Park, and many parks and restaurants in short driving distance. Visitors are welcome to bring closed drinks with them, but we ask that no food or drink be consumed inside the galleries. The museum has a beautiful backyard and scultpure garden to enjoy a picnic lunch!
The entire museum is now open! Visit our main location at 131 W. Main St. and explore three floors of art and history exhibits in the Historic Hoffman Hotel. Venture out back to the Carriage House or across the street to the Depot art gallery and spend the rest of your day exploring the historic town of Dallas, N.C.
We encourage you to take as much time as needed to enjoy the museum's exhibits. Most visitors plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours exploring the galleries.
THE MUSEUM STORE
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.