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

“Widgets and Thing-a-ma-Jigs, Part Two: An Exhibit of the Mostly Unknown”

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!

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.

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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.

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 2016

Matthews Alive Parade
Lanelle Owenby and Christina Bryan, Matthews Heritage Museum Docents of the Year, are featured in the annual Matthews Alive Parade 2016.

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

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