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Wayne County Museum

Black History Exhibit – Now through May 27th, 2023

Upcoming Events…

  • Tea with the Queen  June 3, 2023  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Downtown History Walking Tour  June 10, 2023  10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Juneteenth Celebration  June 17, 2023  10:00 am - 11:30 am

  • Black History Walking Tour  June 17, 2023  10:30 am - 12:00 pm

  • Sidewalk Sale  June 24, 2023  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Movie Night  June 30, 2023  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Welcome to the Wayne County Museum’s Official Website. These pages will hopefully prompt you to come visit us and see first-hand the exhibits we have to offer.

We’re open Tuesday – Friday from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 pm.

Our mission is to discover, preserve, document, display, and disseminate historical knowledge and artifacts of Wayne County. We also seek to increase public awareness of the heritage of Wayne County and its environs through exhibits, events, and traditional and digital information sources.

Be sure to check out the Current Exhibits, Upcoming Events, and the History of the Museum. Also, the upstairs, which was the ballroom for the USO, is available for Rental.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Platinum Sponsors:
William & Ellen Bland
The Community Foundation
M & J Foundation
Mt. Olive Pickle Company
Diane Rawl
Skill Creations, Inc.
David & Emily Weil
Parker & Parker, PA
Glenn Barwick & Judith McMillen

Silver Sponsors:
The Borden Foundation
The Laughing Owl
Tom & Rosanna Anderson
Doricia Benton

Bronze Sponsors:
Lafayette Greenfield
Amaziah Howell, III
Mrs. Charles Norwood
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Strickland
Meg Teasley
Laurie Urland
Connie Whaley
Union Bank
Bob & Susan Crenshaw
Old Dobbs Genealogical Society
Wayne Realty

NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant

We are very grateful to be one of the 59 organizations selected to be awarded an NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This Humanities Relief grant will enable us to upgrade our platform and share virtual tours of our exhibits for community members who may have risk-factors and therefore feel unsafe visiting us in person. These virtual tours will allow us to continue to serve the community and maintain our public engagement during the pandemic. This NC Cares grant will also provide audiovisual resources so that we may interview elders in our community and preserve their memories and life experiences for posterity. This “Living Library” of interviews will help us to save the knowledge of the subjects that might otherwise be lost and allow us to share them with the public and students. Especially at this time, we feel that learning from the past can only help to aid in shaping the future. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

To learn more, please visit:

North Carolina Humanities Council:

National Endowment for the Humanities: