Graham Historical Museum
Graham Historical Museum
135 West Elm Street
Graham, NC 27253
Phone: (336) 513-5510
Hours of Operation
Friday & Saturday • 10:00am – 2:00pm
Free, no food or drinks please
About the Museum
The Graham Historical Museum is one of downtown Graham’s newest attractions. After the completion of an 18-month redesign project, the Museum offers visitors and residents alike a nostalgic and enjoyable trip back in time to the early days of the town.
The building that houses the Graham Historical Museum has a colorful history of its own. Erected in 1911, the building was built to be the Fireman’s Building but was also used as the town hall, the police department, a courtroom, and a small calaboose (jail) located in the rear. In subsequent years, the building served as the Alamance Arts Council until 1996. The firefighters of the Graham Fire Department remodeled the building, and it then became the Graham Historical Museum which opened on June 21, 2001. A 1930 Seagrave fire truck still occupies a prominent place in the museum as a reminder of the building’s original occupants.
The new layout of the museum contains exhibits and photos designed to give visitors a glimpse of Graham life from its earliest days up until the mid-twentieth century while evoking memories and stories from those who grew up in Graham. The first floor of this iconic two-story building is the main section of the museum and a new museum library shares space on the second floor with the Graham Recreation & Parks Administrative Offices.
The Graham Historical Museum is a great place for any group to visit. Located in historic downtown Graham, NC, the museum offers interesting exhibits, photos, and artifacts depicting the early days of Graham up through the mid-20th century. Tours are self-guided, however, a museum docent is always on hand to offer interesting details of the exhibits and answer questions.
In addition to the exhibit space downstairs, the Graham Historical Museum houses a library on the second floor of the building. This room is ideal for use as a reading room or for hosting a gathering of 5 – 8 people.
For more information or to schedule a group tour, please call (336) 513-5510. Tours are free!
Interested in Donating to the Graham Historical Museum Collection
Thank you for your interest in contributing a piece of history to the Graham Historical Museum. As stewards of Graham’s history, the Museum Advisory Board is committed to preserving and sharing the collection and archives that reflect the people who have lived here. These collections encompass the heritage of the Graham community, and all of those items have been donated or placed on loan from individuals, families, and organizations. Items donated to the Historical Museum are preserved at the museum to be used for research, interpretation of community history, and as artifacts and education programs.
If you are interested in donating or loaning items to the Graham Historical Museum, please call (336) 513-5510 for additional information.
NOTE: Artifacts cannot be accepted without prior communication with the Museum Acquisition Committee.
Graham Historical Museum Advisory Board
The Graham Historical Museum Advisory Board’s function is to serve in an advisory capacity to City Council and, most importantly, act as a responsible steward of all artifacts entrusted to the Museum.
The advisory board plays a vital role in the operation of the Historical Museum. Board members work to initiate programs and community events that highlight Graham’s history, serve as docents during Museum hours of operation, and act as the acquisition and accession committee for artifacts offered to the Museum.
The Graham Historical Museum, collects, preserves, displays and interprets the records, relics and artifacts which contribute to the understanding and appreciation of the history of the City of Graham.
How to Serve
If you are a resident of the City of Graham or its extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), you are eligible to serve on the Historical Museum Advisory Board. The seven members of the board are appointed by the Graham City Council and each serve three year terms. If you are interested in applying for a seat on the Museum Advisory Board, please call (336) 513-5510.
When: 4th Monday of each month
Location: Graham Historical Museum • 135 West Elm Street, Graham, NC 27253 These meetings are open to the public. Street parking available. For more information, please email Brian Faucette, Graham Recreation & Parks Director.
Members & Term Expires
Elaine Murrin – Chair – 2020
April Snell – Vice-Chair – 2022
Nicki Grafos Smith – Secretary – 2021
Jerry Cummings – 2021
Diana Cummings – 2022
Jeanette Beaudry – 2020
Karen Chin – 2022
Melody Wiggins – City Council Liaison
Brian Faucette – City Staff Liaison
Friends of the Graham Historical Museum
This group is open to anyone interested in supporting the Graham Historical Museum. There is no residency requirement or minimum service hours required.
Volunteers on the Friends of the Historical Museum Committee are called upon to help the Advisory Board with special events at the Museum, serve as docents during Museum hours of operation or group tours, and help with administrative tasks as needed.
It takes many helping hands to run a successful museum, and the Friends of the Historical Museum Committee is an integral and valuable part of the Graham Historical Museum operation.
If you are interested in serving on the Friends of the Historical Museum Committee, please call (336) 513-5510.
Graham Historical Museum Mission
The Graham Historical Museum offers an environment that exhibits artifacts in a well-organized and visually appealing setting and shows the unique physical and cultural history that reflects the story of the City of Graham, NC. It is the goal of the Historical Museum Advisory Board to serve as responsible stewards of all artifacts entrusted to the Museum and use those items to provide educational and informative programs for the public. The Museum is a resource for scholars, historians and educators as well as history buffs.