Augusta Museum of History

Visit the region's home for history.  Featured are a number of permanent exhibitions, including the award-winning Augusta's Story - a 12,000-year journey through local history; a restored 1917 steam locomotive, special exhibits: "The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown," "Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport of Golf," and five life-size statues of golf's greatest players and much, much more.

Hours of Operation:
Thursday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

General
Hours of Operation
  • Thursday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Thursday Closing Time: 5 PM
  • Friday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Friday Closing Time: 5 PM
  • Saturday Opening Time: 10 AM
  • Saturday Closing Time: 5 PM
  • Sunday Opening Time: 1 PM
  • Sunday Closing Time: 5 PM
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description The Augusta Museum of History is a grand, elegant space for hosting special events. Meeting rooms, reception areas and an auditorium are available day or evening to corporate and professional organizations as well as private individuals. Your event may include visits to special exhibitions and the Museum collection. We will assist you in making your occasion a memorable experience.
  • Floorplan File Floorplan File
  • Largest Room 6431
  • Reception Capacity 400
  • Space Notes The Rotunda, our grand lobby, is a 6,431 sq. ft. total special event area (includes lower level & balcony area)and is octagonal in shape.
  • Theatre Capacity 250
  • Banquet Capacity 250
Rotunda (includes lower and upper level)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 6431
  • Width: 56
  • Length: 130
  • Theater Capacity: 250
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Activity Center
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 567
  • Width: 21
  • Length: 27
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
  • Banquet Capacity: 40
Theatre
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1280
  • Width: 31
  • Length: 41
  • Theater Capacity: 100
Classroom
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 693
  • Width: 17
  • Length: 24
  • Classroom Capacity: 40

Voices of the Past - The Other Tubmans

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Voices of the Past is a series of character monologues that brings to life the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people which is performed in museum theater format by actors.  The character in The Other Tubmans, tells a story that explains the connection between local Tubman slaves freed in the 1830’s and William Tubman, who served as  Liberia, Africa’s longest running President from 1944-1971.

Voices of the Past: Petersburg Boat Captain

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This program is composed of character monologues performed in museum theater format by actors.  The character in Petersburg Boat Pilot is based on oral histories provided by Elberton, Georgia resident, Mr. ‘Buck’ Balchin, about his grandfather, James Henry Balchin. From the mid-nineteenth century until 1900,  he crewed and piloted cotton boats from Petersburg to Augusta. 

James Brown Family Historical Tour

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  • Recurring weekly on Saturday

The 25-passenger seated capacity and temperature controlled bus provided by T and T Transportation will take fans of Mr. James Brown on a narrated tour making stops at places that are significant to the history of Mr. Brown's life growing up and living in Augusta, GA. Highlights include such sites as the elementary school that James Brown attended, the home where he lived as a child, businesses owned by James Brown, James Brown Statue, James Brown Arena and much more! The James Brown Family Historical Tour includes admission to the Augusta Museum of History where the largest collection of James Brown memorabilia is located. Souvenirs can be purchased at the museum after the tour. 

Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.  

Historic Trolley Tour

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  • Recurring weekly on Saturday

Board the Lady Liberty trolley and explore Augusta's Historic Downtown. You will see historic homes, hear about the bones in the basement of the Medical College of Georgia, see where a U.S. president lived as a boy, get a glimpse of the Augusta Canal and hear the legend of the famous Haunted Pillar. And that's not all!

Price includes admission to the Augusta Museum of History, where you can explore Augusta's journey through time. You will see fascinating exhibits, such as Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport of Golf, an exhibit dedicated to the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown, and much more, including climbing on board a real train.

24-hour advance reservations are required.

Southern Suds: Come for the Beer, Stay for the History

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The Augusta Museum of History is brewing up a second year of Southern Suds: Come for the Beer, Stay for the History. Learn about the history and future of brewing in Augusta, get some tips on how to home brew yourself and much more. Enjoy good music, good food, and a sampling of the best craft brews from Augusta and around Georgia while supporting the preservation efforts and public programs of the Augusta Museum of History. This year, we are proud to debut the Museum's very own historic brew produced by River Watch Brewery. 

 

Behind the Scenes: The Roaring 20's

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A special look behind-the-scenes at artifacts not on display to the general public. Lauren Virgo, the Museum's Registrar, will demonstrate how artifacts are collected, cataloged, preserved, cared for and displayed.

Sign-up at the front desk 15-30 minutes before each tour. Two tours times available at 1 pm and 3pm.


Themes for the artifacts and talk are:

September 3rd: The Roaring 20's

September 10: The World Wars

September 17: Flower Power (1960's & 1970's)

Museum Day Live!

  • Valid: September 24, 2016 - September 24, 2016
  • Categories: Special Promotion, Discount

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people at the Augusta Museum of History. Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!? Let us know @MuseumDay #BoundlessCuriosity #MuseumDayLive