Greensboro Historic, Cultural Sites & Museums
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Explore a National Military Park or tour one of the many museums in Greensboro.
International Civil Rights Museum
The former Woolworth store, site of the historic lunch counter sit-in that ignited a national movement, takes you on a journey through the challenges African Americans faced in the struggle for equal rights.
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
More than 200 acres and 28 monuments of soldiers, statesmen, and patriots of the American Revolution honoring the site of the March 15, 1781 battle in Greensboro. Park activities include a self-guided auto tour (audiotape tour available) and colorful, informational on-site exhibits. Visitor center activities include a 30-minute film; an animated battle map program; and museum exhibits featuring original Revolutionary War weaponry and artifacts. The park also provides paved walking trails and a bookstore.
Greensboro Historical Museum
Discover American history through the stories of Piedmont people and events in 12 galleries and two restored houses. You'll learn about the 1960 Greensboro Sit-Ins that made a difference across the nation, Dolley Madison's lasting legacy as first lady and the charming short stories written by O. Henry. See the city through 20th-century photography, imagine travel in a Model T, and marvel at furniture created by Piedmont craftsmen. You'll also have the chance to see a world-class collection of Civil War firearms, stroll through a historic cemetery, and check out the merchandise of an old-fashioned general store.
This elegant, 19th century Italian villa in downtown Greensboro was home to former North Carolina Gov. John Motley Morehead. The 1844 addition by renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis contributed to Blandwood's designation as a National Historic Landmark. Today, it still displays many of its original furnishings and is operated as a museum by Preservation Greensboro Inc. and the Blandwood Guild.
Greensboro Children's Museum
A wonderland of exciting hand-on exhibit and interactive play stations that really launch kids' curiosities. The museum's learning stations are designed for children ages 1-10 and center around a realistic Our Town theme. Come use the ATM at our bank, drive a fire truck, sound the siren on a police car, bring a DC-9 jet in for a landing, experience a house under construction or deliver the mail in a U.S Postal Jeep. The 'Tot Spot' offers activities to stimulate even the youngest children.
Tannenbaum Historic Park
This 7.5 acre park was the 18th-century farmstead of Joseph Hoskins. Hoskins served the Guilford County community as a constable, tax collector and sheriff. During the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Hoskins' land served as a staging area for British troops under Cornwallis' command. The Colonial Heritage Center offers a variety of exhibits depicting life in colonial Guilford County. Located in Greensboro near the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.
Greensboro Science Center, Aquarium, Museum and Zoo
Explore, discover and experience the world of science, nature, animals and water. Get eye-to-eye with tigers, meerkats, monkeys, crocodiles and other unique animals in Animal Discovery Zoo. Roam through the Dinosaur Gallery, experience extreme weather, take a journey through the human body, attend interactive shows and play in the Kid's Alley in the Museum. Watch amazing 3-D shows in the 40 foot dome OmniSphere Theater. Starting in summer 2013, experience life under the sea and the world of sharks, penguins, otters, stingrays, exotic fish and more in the first center of state aquarium in North Carolina.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
Visit North Carolina’s only official historic site to honor an African American and a woman. The site is the location of the former Palmer Memorial Institute, an African-American preparatory school established by Brown in 1902. Located 10 minutes east of Greensboro.
See one of the most authentic and comprehensive history attraction in the country. Find yourself in another time and place by discovering our four unique museums: Historic Town of Salem (1766), Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Old Salem Toy Museum, and Old Salem Children’s Museum.
O. Henry Statues
An outdoor, three-piece sculpture group honors our namesake, William Sydney Porter (O. Henry). It features a bronze likeness of the author, a 7x14 foot open book of his renowned short stories and a statue of his small dog, Lovely. Located at the corner of North Elm and Bellemeade Streets in downtown Greensboro.
Old Mill of Guilford
This working, water-powered grist mill with the sights and smells of another era is listed on the National Register and has a gift shop with a wide variety of stone-ground meals. You will enjoy Old Mill grits when you stay with us.
Photos Courtesy of Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau