Augusta Museum of History, Augusta

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Founded in 1937, the Augusta Museum of History is Augusta's oldest historical agency devoted to the preservation and presentation of local and regional history. The not-for-profit agency functions as the steward of the community's rich, diverse, and invaluable material past. The museum curates the largest and most significant historical collection in the CSRA and functions as a historical research and resource center for professional and amateur historians, media, organizations, and individuals, and is home to permanent exhibition Augusta's Story, a 12,000 year journey through the region's past. The exhibition has received several awards including the prestigious Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History, the Georgia Historical Society Local Achievement Award, and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Permanent Exhibition of the Year, 1998. The museum also hosts a permanent exhibition on the history of healthcare in Augusta, A Community that Heals, a permanent exhibition chronicling the railroad and banking operations of the most important company of Augusta and Georgia, Into the Interior: A History of the Georgia Railroad & Banking Company, and a Transportation Corridor showcasing a 1920's trolley car, a 1914 locomotive and a reconstructed 1930's gas station.

In 2003, the museum constructed The Knox Foundation Center for the Preservation and Study of the CSRA History and the Educational Resource Center. The 10,000 square-foot addition includes a research library/archives, storage for museum collections, and an artifact conservation/preparation laboratory. In 2004, the museum assumed management of the 1797 Ezekiel Harris House with new interpretation and exhibits. In 2005, Augusta Museum of History achieved the highest recognition for a museum, accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). The Augusta Museum of History is Augusta's only accredited museum; one of only fourteen in the state. Accreditation is the museum profession's highest seal of approval, recognizing an adherence to best practices and the highest professional standards.
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  • Really enjoyed our visit to Museum. Very nice displays throughout. Local people will enjoy as well as people not from our area. Very reasonable admission.Would recommend. Mark Weinberger  more »
  • A day of celebration during my 55th birthday and visiting the southern history of the South and Augusta Ga. The museum was interesting with the different setting from Slavery to cotton gin.  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to the Augusta Museum of History. While small in comparison to some other museums we have visited this one didn't disappoint. There are 2 floors of exhibits that focus on signific...  more »
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  • Love this place! It's so affordable (4$ for 6 & up, FREE under 6yrs). I take my son a few times a year and pay 4$ so he can climb inside the authentic train car, trolley, and river boat. He loves pretending to drive the gold cart and I love reading about the different parts of Augusta history each time we go. I'm still finding new information 2 years later! It's very clean and well presented, with different areas for different eras. All the way from prehistoric times to modern golfing history and everything in between. The people who work there are so above and beyond helpful and friendly too. When we first moved here, the lady at the information desk told us all about Augusta suburbs, school zones, restaurants, attractions, local business, and more. She gave us a bag full of helpful pamphlets and brochures too. We take visitors to the museum all the time too- especially since it's right across the street from the Riverwalk and riverboat ride attractions.
  • Visiting the museum was honestly more interesting than I thought it would be. There was a lot of information and artifacts on Augusta's history from pre-historic times to the present. My favorite part of the museum was the giant, real train that was used to move passengers and materials from Atlanta to Augusta and back for years. There was also lots of information and artifacts on James Brown and the Masters. A must visit for all, and super cheap too ($4 for adults 19+, $2 for children)
  • Surprisingly well done museum. Had a lot more to offer than I had anticipated. Would recommend if you have the time.
  • Excellent museum. Very good displays of technology, transportation (a full size steam train to climb aboard), apparel of 1800's, cotton processing. Beautiful, educational place.
  • This place was nice. A little small, but it seems well cared for. We came here for an event, so we were unable to explore the entirety of it. However we would definitely like to return and see the whole museum!
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