Museums in Greensboro
Explore Culture at Greensboro Museums
Whether you are a history buff, going on a school field trip, or just looking for something interesting to do, museums are a great way to learn about the past. Greensboro has a wide range of museums to choose from and visit, from the Children's Museum to the International Civil Rights Museum. We encourage you to explore the history and education in the museums Greensboro has to offer.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum at Historic Palmer Memorial Institute
The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum interprets the life and work of Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown – a prominent educator, advocate for social justice – and her school, Palmer Memorial Institute. The site is the location of the former Palmer Memorial Institute, an African American preparatory school established by Brown in 1902. Visitors can explore the school’s campus, uncover connections between Dr. Brown and the civil rights movement. Rental spaces available for special events.
Elsewhere is a museum and artist residency set in a 3-floor, former, thrift store. Elsewhere is reimagining old things to build collaborative futures through creative projects, learning initiatives and public works with global artists and local neighbors.
Greensboro Children’s Museum
The Greensboro Children’s Museum is an exciting and colorful place that inspires creativity, fosters curiosity and engages the minds of children. It is a hands-on, interactive museum for children, their families, and teachers. The Museum is designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment for children up to 10 years of age. The 37,000 square foot facility in downtown Greensboro includes over 20 permanent hands-on exhibits in “Our Town” and a new outdoor Edible Schoolyard that are designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide educational play experiences.
Greensboro History Museum
This Smithsonian Affiliate museum shares Greensboro’s compelling history through diverse collections, engaging exhibits, educational programs and community dialogue. 17,000 square feet of award-winning exhibitions, many with hands-on interactives, highlight stories from precolonial cultures to today’s Gate City. Discover Greensboro’s part in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and its connection to U.S. history through transportation, textiles, education, civil rights and much more.
International Civil Rights Center & Museum/Sit-In-Movement, Inc.
Located in the former F.W. Woolworth retail store at 134 S. Elm St., this must-see vital piece of history takes you on a journey into American Civil Rights History with vivid photography, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive galleries. It was here that over 50 years ago, four teenage NC A&T State University students, know as the A7T Four, sat down here at the “Whites Only” lunch counter and began America’s sit-in movement that sparked a nationwide push for equality and justice for all. Today the ICRCM stands as a monument of courage and change.
Weatherspoon Art Museum
Nationally recognized for its exceptional collection of 5,600 modern and contemporary art works, and for its dynamic, thought-provoking exhibitions. Well-known artists in the collection include Matisse, de Kooning, Calder, Hesse, LeWitt, Sherman, Warhol, and many more. Fifteen or more annual exhibitions are held.
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Honoring the site of the March 15, 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse. Visitors can view informational outdoor exhibits and monuments. Indoor activities include a 30-minute live-action film (shown on the hour); an animated battle map program, and Revolutionary War museum exhibits. Reservations required for large groups.