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“Small and Great”

The Andy Griffith Museum
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Mount Airy
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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93 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Small and Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Has real props from the TV show. See the real courthouse signs, the jail keys, and learn the words to the theme song. It is a unique special place for a five dollar admission.

Visited March 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Nice visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

A small museum located near the historic area. Very affordable admission. Pleasant place to visit. Wide variety of memorabilia available including old photographs, newspapers, costumes, etc. Brought back many memories and looking forward to watching some movies I didn't know about. Helpful staff member made us felt welcomed and as if the visit was personalized just for us.

Visited March 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Great Tribute”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2012
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“The Ulitmate Mayberry Fan Destination”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited November 2012
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“Nice museum about Andy Griffith”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2013
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