• Hours

    Monday - Saturday
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Sunday
    1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

  • Admission

    $8 per Adult
    $6 Ages 12 and under

    $2 Audio Guide

    Includes admission to five additional Surry Arts Council exhibits

  • Location

    218 Rockford Street
    Mount Airy, NC
    27030

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The Andy Griffith Museum

The Andy Griffith Museum is a place both for learning about and celebrating Andy Griffith, who was born in Mount Airy in 1926. Home of the single largest collection of artifacts and memorabilia related to Andy Griffith, the museum features hundreds of items from Andy’s life and his career in theater, film, and music. Highlights of the collection include actual props, wardrobe, and other artifacts from The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock that were donated by Cindi and Andy Griffith, members of the casts and crews, and other individuals and organizations.

Many essential and rare items in the museum were lovingly collected by lifelong Mount Airy resident Emmett Forrest, the founding curator of the museum and a friend of Andy’s since childhood. Forrest shepherded the collection to its current building, which was dedicated in 2009.

Though Forrest died in 2013, his passion and vision continue to guide the museum in its mission to preserve and share Andy Griffith’s legacy. Part of that mission was a substantial renovation of the museum’s exhibits that was completed in 2017. The state-of-the art improvements are intended not only to greatly enhance the museum experience for visitors, but also to ensure the careful preservation of the collection for generations to come.

The Andy Griffith Museum is open year-round, seven days a week, except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Audio Guides

For an additional fee of $2, you can enhance your experience at the museum with an easy-to-use portable audio guide. Included in the audio guide are Andy Griffith's speeches at the 2002 Andy Griffith Highway Dedication and the 2004 unveiling of the TV Land Landmark Statue, Emmett Forrest's personal stories about selected items in the Andy Griffith Museum, 1991 WPAQ interview with information about the first Mayberry Days, and much more.


Additional Exhibits

Admission to the Andy Griffith Museum also includes admission to these other exhibits operated by the Surry Arts Council: the Betty Lynn exhibit; the Mount Airy to Mayberry Photo exhibit; the Mayberry Mural in the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre; the Original Siamese Twins exhibit; and the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre, all within walking distance of the museum. Please note that the Surry Arts Council holds various meetings, programs and camps throughout the year and some of the additional exhibit spaces may be in use for these activities.


WiFi Hotspot

The Surry Arts Council has established a free public wireless hotspot at the Andy Griffith Museum. Look for the SAC-PublicHotSpotMuseum internet connection on your mobile device.

Museum News

  • Professor Brower Lecture

    Prof. Brower's Lecture

    Professor Brower's lecture series returns in the summer 2018. Make plans now to attend any of these facinating presentations on The Andy Griffith Show.

  • Photo Galleries

    Photo Galleries

    See historic photos of the Andy Griffith Museum and visits from Betty Lynn and other special guests in our photo galleries.