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Where We Are

Nestled in the heart of Shelby, NC just a few miles from the Flint Hill Community where Earl Scruggs was born and raised, the Earl Scruggs Center is located in the beautifully restored 1907 Cleveland County Courthouse.

Earl Scruggs Center
103 S. Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC 28150

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Hours of Operation

Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.—4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.—4 p.m. *Cleveland County Resident FREE Day!*
HOLIDAY CLOSINGS The Earl Scruggs Center is closed for the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Weekend (Thur. - Sun.), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Day After Christmas.

Special Thanks

Thank you to the City of Shelby, our Presenting Special Exhibit Sponsor.  This sponsorship also supports FREE admission for US military personnel. Shelbyphoto  

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Exhibit Admission Rates

General Admission $12
Senior/College students $8
Youth (6—17) $5
Ages 5 and under FREE
We are pleased to offer FREE exhibit admission to Active Military personnel with credentials and to all Veterans.  Made possible through a sponsorship from the City of Shelby.
The Earl Scruggs Center is pleased to announce free exhibit admission between Memorial Day and Labor Day for all active duty military personnel and their families and for veterans.

Group Tours

Visitors from around the world travel to the Earl Scruggs Center to discover the life and career of the legendary banjo master and the region that shaped him. Self-guided tours of our immersive long-term exhibits and special exhibits are available year round and are ideal for classes, business teams, community groups, family reunions, bus tours, clubs, and other organizations.

The Earl Scruggs Center warmly welcomes your group. Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more adults and to school groups of 30 or more students. To receive a special group rate, please make your reservation at least 72 hours in advance of your group’s visit by calling 704-487-6233 or emailing To expedite your check-in process upon arrival, payment is due in advance or upon arrival at the Center and must be paid in a single transaction.

Motorcoach groups are welcome!  Contact us to learn about fun and engaging experiences that promise to make a visit to the Center one they will remember for years to come!

Enhance your group’s experience at the Earl Scruggs Center with these additional opportunities:
-Bus parking is available but must be arranged in advance.
-Guided tours or a special program may be added for an additional fee subject to availability.
-Have a meal, coffee, or baked goods in the Great Hall as an extra treat for your group for an additional fee.

Create your custom group itinerary – contact us for options and pricing!


Private Museum Experiences

Our private museum experiences gives you and your guests an opportunity to enjoy the Earl Scruggs Center by yourselves. These packages allow a stress-free time without any planning, cooking, or cleaning! Call us at 704-487-6233 or email us at to book or for more information.