Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina is home to the new Andy Griffith Museum. Come see the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia collected by his friend Emmett Forrest. New items are donated and archived pieces are brought out for display, so your visit to the museum will always have something new to see.
The collection features hundreds of items from the life and career of Andy Griffith in movies, television and music as well as a variety of memorabilia. There are even actual props from The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock given by Andy Griffith himself. The collection also includes items donated by cast members and actors from The Andy Griffith Show as well as a special section on the career of actress and current Mount Airy resident Betty Lynn.
Admission to the Andy Griffith Museum also includes other Surry Arts Council exhibits including the Siamese Twins, Betty Lynn Exhibit, Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre and the "Mayberry to Mount Airy" Photo Exhibit, all within walking distance of the museum.
The Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week all year except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Enhance your experience at the museum with an audio guide. For an additional $2 you get an easy-to-use audio player. It includes Andy Griffith's speeches at the 2002 Andy Griffith Highway Dedication, the 2004 Unveiling of the TV Land Landmark Statue of Andy and Opie Taylor, 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.
The Andy Griffith Museum gift shop has licensed product as well as Andy Griffith Museum logo items! New logo items include Christmas ornaments, totes, and visors. Museum shirts, jackets, and fleece are available by special order. Gift certificates are available and make great birthday presents!
Meet Betty Lynn!
Betty Lynn, the actress who played Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show will be making monthly appearances at the museum. For schedule and details, please visit the Events page.
Admission to the museum also includes the Betty Lynn exhibit located in the lower level of the Andy Griffith Playhouse. The exhibit was unveiled on her 90th birthday, August 29, 2016.
Professory Brower's Lectures
Neal Brower's lecture series continues thru the summer of 2017. Please see the Events page for complete schedule and featured episodes.
Museum Preservation Efforts
The Surry Arts Council is working with architect Mark Meagher to create exhibits that will protect and preserve the artifacts in the Andy Griffith Museum. We are looking forward to beginning this process in 2016 with installation in 2017. Stay tuned for an exciting new face on the Andy Griffith Museum.
Mayberry Days - September 20-24, 2017
The Surry Arts Council will host the 28th annual Mayberry Days in Mount Airy on September 20-24, 2017. You can see photos from the 2015 festival on our Photo Gallery page. It's BIG!
Museum is a WiFi Hotspot
The Surry Arts Council has established a free public wireless hotspot at the Andy Griffith Museum. Look for the SAC-PublicHotSpotMusuem internet connection on your mobile device or laptop when you are in or around the museum.
Andy Griffith Museum and Playhouse Gardens
A special donation by the W.K. Woltz Family permitted the Surry Arts Council to landscape the Andy Griffith Playhouse and Museum. The gardens on the property were designed by landscape architect, Chip Callaway. Be sure to stop and enjoy these gardens on your way to the museum.
If you are interested in getting involved, the Surry Arts Council is looking for volunteers to staff the Andy Griffith Museum, as well as the Siamese Twins exhibit and the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre. Volunteers are needed for all shifts during operating hours Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shifts range from two hours to eight hours, but any time volunteering would be a benefit.
Volunteers will be responsible for staffing the front desk, collecting admission and managing the museum store, as well as providing information to visitors. Training sessions will be provided on site. For more information on volunteer opportunities, call the Surry Arts Council at 336.786.7998 or email us.