This is a smaller well done venue that will take even the most ardent Andy Griffith Show fan no longer than 30 minutes to an hour to visit. Cost was a few dollars but less than the cost of a movie and better than most.
The museum is a work of appreciation for Mt. Airy's role as the hometown of Andy Griffith. The museum is really about the Andy Griffith Show and it's many worthy characters that have never been matched by any other television program past or present.
Visiting the museum is part of a visit to Mt Airy for taking in all the things about the Andy Griffith Show including Griffith's home, a local version of the jail, courthouse, mayor's office, Wally's Service Station and Garage, Floyd's Barber Shop (real thing), Snappy Lunch and the famous pork chop sandwich, Barney's Restaurant, Pilot Mountain and many local shops each offering numerous Andy Griffith Show items.
We spent a good half day taking it all in after traveling into the outskirts of town on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
In summary, if you are an Andy Griffith Show fan, then you will enjoy seeing the limited items that the museum has collected or is on loan to them. If not, then you may not experience all of the enjoyment that has caused the Andy Griffith Show to be the most popular show as far as it is still going strong on television here some 50 years after it first aired. Hats off to Mt Airy for it's efforts to preserve the memory of the Andy Griffith Show and it's native son.