Collections and Archives NOW OPEN!

The new, extensive storage location houses over 25,000 artifacts and has increased the Museum’s collecting potential from a single room to five climate controlled, secure rooms—ensuring the preservation of Gaston County art and history for generations to come. The new facility showcases a public Research Room for residents and visitors to access and discover more about Gaston County art and history.

The Collections and Archives Facility is located at 1904 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy in Dallas, NC. The Research Room is open Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 10 am to 3 pm, by appointment only. If you have questions about the collection or are looking to make a research request or donation, contact Collections Manager, Markecia Koulesser at 704-922-7681 ext. 107 or


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. 



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.



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.


The Kessell History Center


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


Tuesday and Friday from 11am-5pm


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


Free on-siteparking is available in front of Loray Mill


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 throuighj serving its missions, promoting its vision, and securing resources to achieve its goals.


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