History in the Making

Exhibits and Stories

The Stanly County Museum is housed in quarters too tight to exhibit and display all of our artifacts or tell all of our stories. These pages will supplement our physical space with virtual tours of our resources.

Please visit these pages often for glimpses into our collection and to learn more about Stanly County’s fascinating history.

Changing Exhibit Area:

Stanly County: “The Land Between the Rivers”

Our main gallery exhibit showcases how the people of Stanly County have helped mold and define the cultural landscape of this county for more than 10,000 years.  With so many different cultures and catalysts creating history in this “land between the rivers”, the Stanly County Museum has amassed a large collection of unique artifacts since it started accepting donations in the 1970s.  From the Native Americans to the booming downtowns of the early 20th century, this exhibit showcases the rich history that is Stanly County.

Live And In Technicolor!

Our current rotating exhibit uses AI technology to colorize and animate hundreds of photographs from our collection (some over 150 years old!), to give us new perspectives of the people and places who made us who we are today.