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“Good small museum that is worthy of your time if a fan!”

The Andy Griffith Museum
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Mount Airy
Certificate of Excellence
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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 July 14, 2014

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.

Thank Cheapseater
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Andy Griffith Museum was a great way to spend the afternoon and reminisce. We enjoyed the memorabilia - lots to look at and read!

Thank kimmieusa
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you love Andy Griffith then this will be the best $5 you've ever spent. So much to look at and read - fantastic experience.

Thank HappyTravellers1954
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

One of America's all time good guys, Andy Griffith, and all his Mayberry friends are frozen in time at this museum. Barney's suit, Andy's sheriff office and shirt, Goober's famous outfit and original hat are all there for up close inspection. If you visit on the 3rd Friday of any month you can meet Barney's TV girlfriend Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn) who has moved to Mount Airy and will be happy to sign an autograph for you!
Be sure to rent the audio tour and listen to Andy's speech among many other great recordings on the tape.

Thank Ray S
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Enjoyed the museum offers a lot of history and memorabilia .Was a little disappointed that some of the background of Aunt Bea's history and clothing was not there.The other character from the Andy Griffith show was Miss Crump. The staff working very nice and helpful and very knowledgable of the history .Fun Afternoon!

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