Museums in Granville County

Granville County is rich in history and proudly displays its heritage in several museums.  Locations and contact information for each museum are listed below in alphabetical order. 

Please confirm hours before planning your visit.


Camp Butner Museum
Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena (SMSA)

Side Room
416 24th Street
Butner, NC 27509

Located in the Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena, the Camp Butner Museum provides visitors with a rich visual history of one of Butner’s most important sites. A variety of authentic World War II era artifacts are on display along with pertinent information for those wishing to learn more about military life at the camp during the war.


George C. Shaw Museum
202 E. McClanahan Street
Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 690-8055


Original home of the Mary Potter Academy and Timothy Darling Church founder. The G. C. Shaw Museum inspires and stimulates cultural and educational values in a setting that preserves Dr. Shaw’s accomplishments as leader of this historic African-American educational institution.


Granville County History Museum
110 Court Street

Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 693-9706


Located in the “old county jail”, the museum offers a unique look at the history of our great county. Both educational and interactive, the museum engages visitors to step back in time and provides glimpses into the county’s rich agriculture past.


Harris Exhibit Hall at the County Museum
1 Museums Lane
Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 693-9706

Located next to the museum in the historic county “freezer locker”, the hall encompasses ever-changing exhibits to showcase national, state, and local history as well as NC Science Network exhibits for school groups and tours. 


Oak Hill Heritage House Research Library and Museum
7686 Goshen Road

Oxford, NC 27565
(919) 693-4014   
Call ahead for hours and appointments 

A multicultural resource center and museum helping to preserve our local culture and giving residents a glimpse into the history of the Oak Hill area and its historical significance to the community.


Sallie Mae Ligon Museum & Archive
600 College Street (Cobb Center)
Oxford, NC 27565

(919) 603-3906
Call for current hours


Located in the shade of the large oak trees that adorn the Masonic Home for Children campus, the Sallie Mae Ligon Museum displays the history of North Carolina’s first and oldest operating residential home for children.



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