7 Fun Museums in Greensboro (Kid-Friendly, Contemporary Art, and More!)

Last Updated on December 15, 2021

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North Carolina‘s Gate City is full of fun and interactive things to do. For example, the engaging museums in Greensboro covered in this guide are perfect for kids, history lovers, and art enthusiasts!

All tastes and ages are welcome to visit, and everyone will want to spend time at these important institutions. For example, important American history lessons are excitingly told at Guilford Courthouse National Park and the International Civil Rights Center.

For a faster pace, you can ride the ziplines at the Greensboro Science Center and let your little ones climb the play structures there or at the Greensboro Children’s Museum.

Our guide shares 7 of the best museums in Greensboro, including those we just mentioned. We’ll also mention whether these are free museums or if a ticket is required for entry.

Either way, we hope these popular spots will help your adventures through Greensboro, whether you live here or are just passing through.

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Elsewhere Modern Art Museum (Free*)

606 S Elm St

The first place featured is probably the most eclectic of all the museums in Greensboro. The Elsewhere Modern Art Museum was once a thrift shop and has transformed into a 3-story space full of quirky objects and artist collaborations!

One walkthrough will leave you feeling inspired and ready to create from your own unique creativity. 

*We’ve included Elsewhere in our “Free Museums in Greensboro” section and this place won’t turn anyone away.

However, there is a suggested admission of $5 or more. We think “more” is a good choice, considering all that’s inside this wonderful space.

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Greensboro Children’s Museum 

220 N Church St

Museums in Greensboro NC

For the young people in your life (and you, too), the Greensboro Children’s Museum is absolutely worth a visit! 20 permanent hands-on learning exhibits and a half-acre outdoor learning garden await at this amazing place.

museums in Greensboro Childrens Museum

The Outdoor Play Plaza has a 30-foot-tall climbing rope structure and a 25-foot suspended net tunnel, in case the kids didn’t get all their extra wiggle out yet.

Like many of the museums in Greensboro, this one values accessibility for all children to play and inclusion for all children to feel safe. 

HOT TIP: Take the Amtrak for a day trip from Durham (or from Raleigh) to the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Greensboro Station (GRO) is a short walk from the museum. There are also some great restaurants on Elm Street (Crafted is one) within walking distance!

Ticket Info
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Greensboro History Museum (Free)

130 Summit Ave

Just down the street from the Children’s Museum is a great spot in Greensboro to learn local history. The 17,000 square foot Greensboro History Museum houses stories and exhibits that tell the history of Guilford County through today.

The museum resides in a beautiful building that was once the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro and Smith Memorial Building.

Free Admission
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Greensboro Science Center 

4301 Lawndale Dr

museums in Greensboro Science Center inside

Primarily focused on science, we also consider Greensboro Science Center worthy of inclusion in this guide to museums in Greensboro. Here you can experience a wide variety of educational programs and wildlife.

The GSC also has a petting zoo open on weekends, but you can also meet creatures through hands-on sites inside and outside.

museums in Greensboro Science Center

Additional activities at Greensboro Science Center include Omnisphere shows, Skywild ropes courses and ziplines, and behind-the-scenes inside tracks.

Admission is free for children ages 2 and under. If you’re little ones are older, prices start at $17.50. Thanks to our memberships with the NC Zoo in Asheboro and the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, we’ve gotten in for a discount.

The GSC offers reciprocal memberships for participating institutions in the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) or the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (Free)

2332 New Garden Rd

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Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is one of the most interesting museums in Greensboro. A mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits await in the visitor center, along the footpaths and driving paths, and at each stop along the audio tour.

You’ll learn about the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, fought on March 15, 1781, and its place in American history. Beyond the larger narrative, this park has records of 90 percent of the American soldiers that fought in the battle.

Our favorite stop is the Nathaniel Greene Monument, named for the war hero and root of the name “Greensboro.”

Another fun thing about this National Parks-managed site is that the Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway runs through it. You can start from Summerfield and ride about 4 miles before reaching Guilford Courthouse.

Free Admission
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International Civil Rights Center

134 S Elm St

museums in Greensboro International Civil Rights Museum

The International Civil Rights Center, formerly the local Woolworth’s, is where four students from North Carolina A&T started a sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter on February 1, 1960.

Primarily known as the A&T Four, the brave young men and those who supported their actions inspired similar sit-ins in 250 cities, sparking the Civil Rights Era in America.

The historic building serves as an excellent historical resource and the now-Greensboro Four’s story serves as an inspiration to never give up fighting for one’s civil rights.

You can experience a variety of staff-led tours online and onsite. 13 permanent galleries await inside this 30,000 square foot space. We think this museum is a worthwhile visit throughout the year!

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Weatherspoon Art Museum (Free)

500 Tate St

One of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the southeast can be found at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina Greensboro, this museum holds more than fifteen exhibitions each year and offers a variety of educational activities, artist talks, and outreach programs.

With their mission of enriching diverse lives and bringing communities together, you want to miss this stop.

Free Admission

Ready to Explore These Museums in Greensboro?

We love exploring the history, culture, and fun things to do at these museums in Greensboro! We hope you’ll enjoy visiting them all and when you do, we’d love to know which one is your favorite.

You can tell us below in the comments or by email. Either way, we hope you’re able to get out there and see these wonderful places in Central North Carolina.

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