The Gaston County Museum strives to inspire diverse audiences to consider their shared histories through the art and history of Gaston County, NC and its surrounding region.


To interpret the art and history of Gaston County and the region through education, preservation, and collection.


Embrace: Design and implement a plan embracing the region’s history and artistic culture to understand Gaston County’s unique legacy and enhance the quality of life for our citizens and visitors to Gaston County.

Educate: Lead collaborative efforts to present quality education programs and museum events for the region.

Engage: Increase local and regional community engagement with the museum as a preferred art and history destination of interest.

Enlighten: Utilize interactive and immersive exhibits designed to inform and entertain diverse age groups and audiences.

Expand: Expand the capacity of the museum to continuously grow and develop through serving its missions, promoting its vision, and securing resources to achieve its goals.



The Gaston County Museum is located on the Historic Dallas Courthouse Square, in Dallas N.C. at the corners of West Main and Holland Streets. Map


131 West Main St.
Dallas, N.C. 28034


Free on-street parking is available in front of the museum and around the Historic Dallas Courthouse Square. Additional parking can be found behind the museum’s Daniel Stowe Carriage House on West Church Street.


The Kessell History Center


The Kessell History Center is located inside the Historic Loray Mill.


CLOSED June 2023


300 S Firestone St.
Gastonia, N.C. 28052


Free on-siteparking is available in front of Loray Mill


Accessible parking spaces are available in front of the Museum. The main entrance is wheelchair accessible and is located directly in front of parking. The Gaston County Museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout, with an elevator in the modern staircase.

Accessible, all-gender bathrooms with baby changers are located on the 1st floor of the Museum.

Safety FAQ'S

What can I expect when visiting the museum?

The museum follows state and county guidelines on safe opening procedures, and we look forward to welcoming you back! Click below for frequently asked questions about what we are doing to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Gaston County Museum. 


Don’t forget to visit The Museum Store on the 1 st Floor. Your purchase helps to fund programs and exhibits at the Museum.

Join to save 15% on every purchase in The Museum Store!


Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule their visit to the museum in order to ensure the best visit possible. Private tours are available upon request, or Museum Guides can direct your group on how to enjoy the museum at your own pace.

For questions or to schedule your visit, call 704-922-7681.


For more information on renting the museum for your special occassion, see the Rental Brochure.

To book your event contact Alex Brooks at