Join the Friends
The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum is a non-profit organization whose purpose is the advancement of the study and the appreciation of local history through promotion and financial support of the operations and activities of the museum.
We need your help to enable the museum to better preserve the county's unique history. By becoming a Friend of the Museum, you will be helping the growth and development of what has been described as the finest small museum in the state. The privileges of membership include: a 10% discount at the Museum Store, receipt of the quarterly newsletter, Banksia Columns, invitations to special members-only events, and voting privileges at the Friends' annual meeting.
Support the Museum
Memberships range from $10.00 to $250.00. If you are interested in becoming a FRIEND, please call the Aiken County Historical Museum at 803-642-2015 or click here for a membership form.
The Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum Annual Lecture Series
In 2003 The Friends began sponsoring a five session lecture series which is held annually in January and February at the Museum. In even numbered years the series provides an overview of the history of Aiken County, from the earliest inhabitants to the current time. In odd numbered years the series entails a variety of "snapshots" of Aiken County history going into depth on a specific historical subject. For more information on upcoming events, please click here for our calendar.
In addition to educating the public about Aiken County the goals of the Lecture Series are to increase membership in the Friends of the Museum, increase awareness of the Museum and its contents, recruit volunteers, and raise funds for use in improving the Museum. To date, the Series is achieving its goals as an average of 85 people register for the booked to capacity series with over 80% attendance at the lectures. Membership in the Friends has increased substantially, volunteers obtained and items purchased for the Museum.
Thanks to the South Carolina Historical Society, the newest exhibit at the Aiken County Historical Museum teaches us all about "The Shaping of South Carolina." Learn how the boundaries of the state evolved. This exhibit will be on display through September. This exhibit is free. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday 10-5
The Aiken County Historical Museum is now a smoke-free campus! One box is located right at the front entrance and the other by the side gate.