Douglas County Museum of History and Art

The Douglas County Museum of History and Art is housed in the old courthouse. After 15 years, the folks who run the museum are holding a grand opening, Friday, May 15 from 1-6 p.m.

Lisa Cooper/Special

Fifteen years ago, a few civic minded citizens were able to save the old courthouse from demolition in preparation of creating a Douglas County History Museum. The small group of volunteers began collecting Douglas County artifacts and was successful in getting the 1950s era structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now, after 15 years, a Grand Opening Celebration is planned for Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m. The museum will be open until 6 p.m. that day.

Beginning Tuesday, May 19th the museum will open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While the museum has had many visitors over the past few years, it is now ready to welcome previous visitors back and have new visitors enjoy the newly revamped museum. The museum also offers a number of mid-20th century temporary exhibits. 

There is also a Hall of Fame exhibit which features current or former residents that have earned national recognition for achievement in their respective fields. The members of the Hall of Fame include professional athletes, songwriters/musicians, an Olympian and even an Oscar award winner.

There is also a new Tourism Center to help visitors discover other experiences in Douglas County. Groups and individuals are welcome. Admission is free.

Call at 770-949-4090 for more information.

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