Matthews Heritage Museum

Matthews, North Carolina

Matthews Heritage Museum

"Where Children Experience…and Adults Remember"

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On Display

Community Center The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce a groundbreaking exhibit on "Tank Town: A Good Place to Live" will open on February 16, 2019. After a year of research, the museum will present its findings on the area once known as Tank Town, now Crestdale, a neighborhood in Matthews. This area was settled by former slaves and freedmen after the Civil War. The exhibit will explore the people, lifestyles, jobs, schools and community organizations of this neighborhood.

We will bring to life the history of the churches of the area including Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and the United House of Prayer. Learn about the “shot-gun school house” and the Matthews Colored School built with Rosenwald funding. Early residents will be highlighted in the jobs they held and the way they lived. It is an opportunity to learn how this community grew and developed, and its hope for the future.

A special teaching unit has been developed for 3rd grade classes, which meets Curriculum standards.
Download/print Teaching Unit
Download/print Teaching Unit Part 2

Group tours of the museum and this exhibit can be made by calling or emailing the museum. To contact the museum or schedule a tour call: 704-708-4996, or email: info@matthewsheritagemuseum.org. Please call two weeks in advance. We can accommodate 20 people on a tour.

Other programs will be held with this exhibit that will be on display through August 17, 2019. Please watch the local papers. For more information call 704-708-4996.

The Matthews Heritage Museum is located at 232 N. Trade Street in Matthews. It is open Thursday – Saturday from 10 to 4:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $4 for adults, $2 for children 10 to 17, and Free under 10. The first Saturdays of the month are free.

To schedule a tour for school children, home-schoolers or senior groups, please call 704-708-4996. You can also contact the museum regarding a tour to info@matthewsheritagemuseum.org. Reservations for a guided tour are necessary.

Visit Us

Matthews Heritage Museum located at 232 North Trade Street,
downtown Matthews, North Carolina 28105

Open Thursday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for individuals over 17, $2 for individuals 11 or older. Free for children 10 and under. The first Saturday of every month is free.

Guided Tours

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Museum is beginning to get scouts, senior groups and schools to schedule tours at the museum. We are looking for volunteers to join the already dozen women and men who are conducting guided tours of the museum. You will learn the local history of Matthews, from the early settlers to the present. Share the stories of yesteryear with our guests. Each volunteer is asked to take two shifts of 3 hours at the museum, or give two tours a month. Training is given on the first Tuesday of every month in the morning. In addition to learning history, you will enjoy getting to know this interesting group. Occasionally the volunteers will take trips to other historic sites of interest.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please call 704-708-4996 during our operating hours. Thank you for considering becoming a docent for the Matthews Heritage Museum…. Where children experience and adults remember.

Artwork by Sharon Schwenk - "The Yellow House on Trade"

Artist painting