Matthews Heritage Museum

Matthews, North Carolina

Matthews Heritage Museum

"Where Children Experience…and Adults Remember"

Matthews Heritage Museum

"Matthews Heritage Museum provides educational and engaging interactive experiences for all ages. The museum strives to nurture a healthy respect for the forward thinking of the early settlers and help guests reflect on the business environment, lifestyles and cultures of those early Matthews townspeople."

What's New at the Museum?

Currently on Display

"Pinewood Derby Racers"

Pinewood Derby cars The Matthews Heritage Museum announces a new exhibit "Pinewood Derby Racers " on display until September 17. It is being held in conjunction with the Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts.

Many of the racers on display were winners in this year’s contest held by the Mecklenburg County Council on April 9 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Additionally there are racers from yesteryear.

Read more about current Display

Free Admission to our Nation’s Active Duty Military - Memorial Day through Labor Day

US flag The Matthews Heritage Museum announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to our nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. This is the third year that the Museum has participated in the program.

This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states are taking part in the initiative. “The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.” Admission will be free for up to five family members to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common access card (CAC) or some form of military identification.

Book Sale

books for sale

The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce that it has over 200 books on World War I and World War II as well as other military topics for sale. Through the generosity of Craig Marek, of Matthews, we were offered over 275 books including a complete series of Ballantine Illustrated History of WWII. The series was divided into Weapons (43 books), Battles (31 books), Campaigns (29 books), and War Leaders (31 books)

The books were well-written by a who's who of Military Historians of the late 60s and early 70s. In 1973, the series was retitled The Illustrated History of the Violent Century, and added books on World War I, the war in Southeast Asia, and the Middle East conflict. Two additional sub-series were added (Human Conflict and Politics In Action) to address points of history that occurred outside of the wars. The series totals 156 books.

These and other books on the Third Reich, ships, Civil War, air craft history and other topics are listed at the links below. The books are listed by topic as well as alphabetically, complete with title, author, condition, and cost. The books are for sale at the museum, located at 232 N. Trade Street in Matthews. They will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Complete Alphabetical Book List

Book List by Subject

Outen Pottery - A Matthews Treasure

Morrill VideoThe Historic Landmarks Commission has developed a video explaining the significance of the Outen Pottery and its potential for Matthews's future.

View the video featuring Dan Morrill.

Docent of the Year

Joe Brandeburg
Congratulations to Joe Brandenburg who was named Docent of the Year for his volunteer work at Matthews Heritage Museum.

Matthews Alive Parade 2015

Matthews Alive Parade
Matthews Heritage Museum featured in the annual Matthews Alive Parade 2015.

Little Free Library

The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce that it has added a new feature. The Museum has put up a “Little Free Library” in front of the museum. Like other library’s it’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

little free library In the beginning—2009–Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it. He built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. The Museum is hoping to feature books based on history, though we will allow any book to be placed there.

Our “Library” was built by Jason Surface, son of one of our volunteers. It is a miniature version of the Massey Clark House, 1880, which is the home of the Matthews Heritage Museum.

Guided Tours

The Matthews Heritage Museum is open Thursday – Saturday from 10 – 4:30. Guided tours are available to the visiting public. Schools can schedule a guided tour by calling 704-708-4996. Admission is $4 per person, $2 for young people 11-17, children 10 and under are free. Parking is available on the street and behind the museum.


Museum Exterior

Matthews Heritage Museum, Matthews North Carolina

Would you like to volunteer?

If you would like to volunteer a few hours per month at our museum, contact us at 704-708-4996 or email

Matthews Heritage Museum located in downtown Matthews - 232 North Trade Street

museum sign