Exhibits

Rotunda Gallery

As guests enter the museum, they are welcomed with our central instrument display in the rotunda. This area showcases the “crown jewels” of the Earl Scruggs Center: instruments belonging to…

In These Hills

  The journey begins here— in the rolling hills and rushing rivers of the North Carolina Piedmont. In These Hills features a state of the art interactive table called Common…

Out of Carolina

  Out of Carolina explores Earl’s time in the mills and his transition from the mills to the stage, his early years on the road through the moment he made…

The Turning Road

  The Turning Road explores continuity and change throughout the region. People had to adapt to the changing times from the destruction of the boll weevil to the decline of…

Cleveland County in Focus: The Photography of Ellis Studio

10/11/22 - 12/31/22

By the middle of the 20th Century, photography had undergone a complete metamorphosis in American culture. The process of taking a photograph had gone from using bulky wooden boxes and…

A Symphony for the Road: An Avett Brothers Retrospective Featuring the Photography of Daniel Coston

2/8/22 - 9/4/22

A Symphony for the Road: An Avett Brothers Retrospective Featuring the Photography of Daniel Coston is the first-ever authorized exhibition to detail the ongoing career of one of the most…

Everyman Jack: Stories & Illustrations by Gail E. Haley

9/10/21 - 12/23/21

"Jack," a classic folk hero whose stories and adventures have become entwined in Appalachian history and culture, has worldwide origins. Through the books of author and illustrator Gail Haley, we…

African American Builders and Architects

2/9/2021 - 8/7/2021

African American Builders and Architects explores the extraordinary buildings across the state of NC constructed by free black artisans and slaves during the pre-Civil War era. Learn about the building…

Standing Her Ground: Women in Country Music

2/14/2020 - 12/31/2020

For as long as country music has existed in its many forms, including bluegrass and folk, women have played important roles. Most of us are familiar with the big-name performers,…

Special Exhibit – Carolina Calling: The Photography of Daniel Coston

9/21/19 - 12/31/19

Carolina Calling: The Photography of Daniel Coston celebrates the work of Charlotte-based music photographer Daniel Coston and the North Carolina musicians he has photographed over the past 25 years.  …