Matthews Heritage Museum

Matthews, North Carolina

Matthews Heritage Museum

"Where Children Experience…and Adults Remember"

Calendar of Events

On Display

Thing-a-ma-Jig The Matthews Heritage Museum is opening its next exhibit on Saturday, July 1, 2017 on Widgets and Thing-a-ma-Jigs, Part Two: An Exhibit of the Mostly Unknown. It will be on display until October 14, 2017. Have you ever come across an object and didn’t know what it was? A tool from another time, no longer used by the general public? Well, The Matthews Heritage Museum has a whole exhibit of items that might stump even antique lovers!

Did you ever see your mother or grandmother use an egg separator? Maybe a relative worked with a tracing wheel. Would you recognize a skate key or larding needle if you saw one? These items as well as others on display were once used on a regular basis in the home or business. We hope you can learn about some of these tools of yesteryear and come to recognize some useful utensils with which our ancestors were familiar.

The items will be on display without benefit of a label in order to challenge your knowledge. However, a key with a description of each item and how it was used will be provided for those interested. Come out and see if you “lived” a former life or are familiar with the tools of yesteryear.

This is an excellent exhibit for school children, home schoolers, scouts and senior groups. The Matthews Heritage Museum is open to the public Thursday – Saturday from 10 to 4:30. A small admission fee is charged. Children under 10 are free. The first Saturday of every month is Free for all.

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 Reservations for a guided tour are necessary.

Basket Making Workshop

tobacco basket The Matthews Heritage Museum is pleased to announce that it will hold a tobacco basket making workshop on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 12. Nancy Duffie, a member of the Dream Weavers Guild of Matthews, and basket maker, will lead the class. All materials and instruction will be provided. You will make your own tobacco basket 14” x 14”. To participate, or to find out more, please contact Nancy Duffie before July 15 at 603-553-8636 or Fee for the class is $25, with the museum receiving a percentage of the fee.

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

US flag The Matthews Heritage Museum announced its participation in the Blue Star Museums program, 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 2017.

The Matthews Heritage Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America and one of 33 in North Carolina to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums, including the Mint Museum, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Charlotte Museum of History and James K. Polk Historic Site.

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