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

“Made by Hand”

Made By Hand Exhibit jabot The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce its newest exhibit on the handwork of women of days ago. The exhibit "Made By Hand" is a compilation of saved and savored items made by our mothers and grandmothers featuring tatting, crocheting, embroidery and lace making. There are also samples of cut and drawn work.

Come visit and remember the handiwork of your mothers and grandmothers. Examples of each of these types of handiwork will be on display through May 26.

Read more about current Display

Free Event

note card May 26, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Brakeman's Coffee Shop

The Matthews Heritage Museum will be at Brakeman’s Coffee Shop at 225 N. Trade Street on Saturday morning, May 26 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Representatives of the museum will be assisting children in making a note card with a design made with crushed, colored egg shells resembling a mosaic. There is no charge for this activity.

Those who have enjoyed a beverage at Brakeman’s are encouraged to stop by the museum for a guided tour. If you present your Brakeman’s receipt at the museum all people in the party will be given a dollar off the entrance fee.

The Matthews Heritage Museum is located across the street from Brakeman’s at 232 N. Trade Street. The museum is open from 10 to 4:30 every Thursday – Saturday. The current exhibit is Made by Hand, an exhibit of handiwork that includes tatting, crocheting, lace making and counted cross stitch. The museum is open for FREE the first Saturday of every month.

Matthews Heritage Museum Celebrates 5 Years

Massey-Clark Panel Free Saturday - June 9, 2018
See our new Massey-Clark Panel
Learn about Matthews History

Award - Best Local Museum in 2017

The Matthews Heritage Museum was voted the Best Local Museum in the 2017 Charlotte Media Group Contest, run in the South Charlotte Weekly, Union County Weekly and Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly. The Museum won in 2016, making this our second year to receive the award!

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

The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce that Barbara Stegall is the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016-2017. In addition to giving tours, she also helped to create a program for Girl Scouts to earn a badge from the museum. The MHM is appreciative of all the many volunteers serving at the museum! If you would like to volunteer, give us a call or email. Shown with Matthews Historical Foundation President Paula Lester (L).

Matthews Alive Parade 2017

Matthews Alive Parade
Volunteers from Matthews Heritage Museum are featured in the annual Matthews Alive Parade - September 2017.

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

Museum Location

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