• Hours

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

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

    Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

    Please check our Facebook Page for closure updates due to bad weather.

  • Admission

    $8 per Adult
    $6 Ages 12 and under

    Includes admission to additional Surry Arts Council exhibits

  • Location

    218 Rockford Street
    Mount Airy, NC

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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.


By attending any event associated with the Surry Arts Council, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Surry Arts Council liable for any illness or injury.

For the most up-to-date information on the Andy Griffith Museum’s response to COVID-19, please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages.


Additional Exhibits

The Siamese Twins Exhibit is temporarily closed while the exhibits are being moved their new exhibit space in the new Arts Center located at 215 Rockford Street, across from the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please follow us on Facebook with the latest updates.

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

    Join us for Professor Brower's summer 2024 lecture series. Please see the event page for updates.

  • 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.