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“Great Tribute”

The Andy Griffith Museum
Ranked #9 of 34 things to do in Mount Airy
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Owner description: Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina is home to the new Andy Griffith Museum. Come see the largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia collected by his friend Emmett Forrest. The collection features hundreds of items from the life and career of Andy Griffith in movies, television, and music as well as a variety of memorabilia. There are even actual props from The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock given by Andy Griffith himself. The collection also includes items donated by cast members and  actors from The Andy Griffith Show, as well as a special exhibit on the career of actress and current Mount Airy resident Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou. Admission to the Andy Griffith Museum also includes an exhibit on the Siamese Twins; a photography exhibit "Mount Airy to Mayberry," and the Old-Time Music Heritage Hall at the Historic Earle Theatre, all within walking distance of the museum. The Andy Griffith Museum is open 7 days a week. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We visited Mount Airy because of the Andy Griffith Show and really enjoyed the small town and its tribute to Andy, Opie, Aunt Bea, Barney, Thelma Lou, Gomer, Goober, Floyd, the Darlings etc. The museum is near the main street and Andy's boyhood home is also very near downtown. Snappy Lunch, gift shops, all filled with Mayberry souvenirs. Also visited Pilot Mountain where you must drive up to the parking area and go to the overlook. It is an amazing view from up there. If you ever enjoyed the Andy Griffith Show, you must visit this small museum and the town of Mount Airy, NC.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Whether or not you are a serious fan of Andy Griffith or the Andy Griffith Show, this museum is unparalleled in Andy Griffith memorabilia. The collection here was acquired by Mr. Emmett Forest a lifetime friend of Andy Griffith of whom he grew up with in Mt. Airy. The most impressive items were given to Mr. Forrest directly by Andy Griffith himself.

As a special bonus feature, Miss Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show) has retired to Mt. Airy and is present on the 3rd Friday of each month to visit with museum goers and sign autographs. See the museum website http://www.andygriffithmuseum.com/ for specific times and days.

There is no other museum anywhere that has a collection such as you will find here. There is also a collection of items worn or used by other cast members such as Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Otis (Hal Smith) and others. And yes....you will see the famous Salt and Pepper Suit worn by Don Knotts and the signs off of the Court House Doors in Mayberry.

Now keep in mind, the town of Mayberry is fictional and the show was filmed at Desilu Cahuenga Studios in Hollywood, The outdoor Mayberry set was on the 40 acres backlot in Culver City, Ca, and Meyer's Lake is actually Franklin Canyon Reservoir in Beverly Hills, CA. But, there is no doubt the show was based on many of the things and people Andy Griffth grew of with and Mt Airy has a lot more to offer.....a great place to spend a weekend!

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Great museum if you are a fan of Andy Griffith and also has several items from Don Knotts, Otis, Thelma Lou, and other characters of the show.

Admission very reasonable at $3.00 per person. We spent a little over an hour and had a nice talk with the lady selling the admission tickets.

Also, bought a 50th anniversary CD collection because the show started on the exact same day and year as my husband's birthday!

Thelma Lou was scheduled to sign autographs on the upcoming Friday, but unfortunately we would not be in town that day.

A nice museum--the town is quite proud of Andy Griiffith.

Thank AvidTraveler57
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We had a wonderful time at the Andy Griffith Museum. Had our photo taken with his dear friend, Emmet! He was such a nice man! We rode in the squad car and took a tour around town, ate at Barney's Diner, and loved the whole experience! Can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed January 28, 2013 via mobile

We planned our honeymoon to go to Mayberry days. What a thrill we had. This was a dream trip for us. Loved the museum. Loved the town.

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