Museums and Exhibits in the Georgia Mountains

Museums in Dahlonega, GA

These Dahlonega locations are worth a visit!

Dahlonega Gold Museum on Town Square - GaMountainsGuide.com
Dahlonega Gold Museum in the middle of the Town Square in Dahlonega

Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site

  • $8.50 (Adults), $8.00 (Seniors), $6.00 (Youth 7–17), Free for Children (6 & under)
  • Group rates & tours available with advance notice
  • MON – SAT 9:00am – 4:45pm
  • SUN 10am – 4:45pm

George E. Coleman, Sr. Planetarium

  • FREE one-hour public planetarium show most Fridays
  • Doors open for seating at 7:30pm / show begins promptly at 8:00pm
  • No admittance after the show begins

The 1884 Lumpkin County Jail and Museum

  • Open during select festivals or by email request
  • 75 Enota St, Dahlonega, GA

Learn more about Dahlonega’s exciting history before your visit!

Museums in Blairsville, GA

Mountain Life Museum

  • Open May – December:  Thursday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm

Old Courthouse Museum

  • Open January – April:  Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
  • Open May – December: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm & Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Admission is free at both museums.  A small donation is always appreciated for museum upkeep.  Educational tours for school classes are always welcome.

Reece Farm & Heritage Center

Free admission and printable self guided tour.

Museums & Exhibits in Blue Ridge, GA

Bigfoot Expedition

  • explore the world’s largest bigfoot collection just outside of Blue Ridge
  • free for active military

Museums in Ellijay, GA

Tabor House and Civil War Museum

Built in 1870, the Tabor House is the oldest family home in the city of Ellijay. The Gilmer County Historical Society’s Tabor House and Civil War Museum houses over 200 books and several videos about the Civil War from both points of view. You are invited to read the books and view the videos during your next visit to the Tabor House. FREE ADMISSION.

Museums in Cleveland, GA

White County History Museum

  • open from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Thursday through Saturday
  • FREE ADMISSION

The White County History Museum is located in the old courthouse on the Cleveland square and is home to White County Historical Society. The building was completed by a local contractor using local labor and handmade bricks beginning in in 1859. It was utilized by the White County government until 1964 when a new, modern courthouse was completed just south of the square. The museum houses artifacts that depict life in the north Georgia mountains for the past 150 years, a large collection of genealogical records, and newspapers from the late 1800’s to present. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Museums in Mountain City, GA

Foxfire

from the Foxfire website:

In 1966, a new teacher at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School was struggling to engage students in his high school English class. In frustration, he asked them what they thought would make the curriculum interesting. They decided to create a magazine, honing their writing skills on stories gathered from their families and neighbors, and producing articles about the pioneer era of southern Appalachia as well as living traditions still thriving in the region.

They called it “Foxfire” after the glowing fungus that clings to rotted wood in the local hills. This spark of an idea, and the work that followed, has turned into a phenomenon of education and living history, teaching readers, writers, visitors, and students how our past contributes to who we are and what we can become – how the past illuminates our present and inspires imagination.

Museums in Helen, GA

Helen Arts and Heritage

  • open to the public and there is no admission fee
  • open Monday – Sunday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Helen Arts and Heritage is a non-profit organization founded to promote the appreciation of the arts and local history through educational instruction, workshops, exhibits. It is a showplace for the special talents of our local artists and historians, and a place for residents, merchants and visitors can come together to share memories of the past, joys of the present and dreams for the future. The gallery at the Helen Arts and Heritage Center changes six times a year, including a youth exhibit in the winter and an adult competition in the fall, and it holds several classes and history events throughout the year.

Museums in Toccoa, GA

Currahee Military Museum

  • free for active military

The Currahee Military Museum in Toccoa, Georgia, holds special military history for events from the Civil War, WWI and WWII, with a focus on the Paratrooper Infantry Regiment that trained at Camp Toccoa in the early 1940s. The camp is now gone, dismantled soon after the war, but memorials have been erected to Camp Toccoa, the paratroopers and Colonel Robert F. Sink.