Andy Griffith Museum

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Andy Griffith Museum
Established September 26, 2009
Location 218 Rockford Street
Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030
Coordinates 36°29′52.2″N 80°36′31.6″W / 36.497833°N 80.608778°W / 36.497833; -80.608778Coordinates: 36°29′52.2″N 80°36′31.6″W / 36.497833°N 80.608778°W / 36.497833; -80.608778
Founder Emmett Forrest

The Andy Griffith Museum is a museum dedicated to the life and career of American actor, television producer, and singer Andy Griffith. The museum, which houses the world's largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia, is located in Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.[1] Much of the museum's collection was acquired by Griffith's friend and the founder of Andy Griffith Museum, Emmett Forrest.[2] The facility opened to the public on September 26, 2009.[3]

Location and building[edit]

The Andy Griffith Museum is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina, a half mile from Griffith's childhood home.[1] The 2,500-square-feet, which cost approximately $500,000 to construct, is adjacent to the Andy Griffith Playhouse.[1]

The museum founder, the late Emmett Forrest, a lifelong friend of Griffith's since elementary school, planned the museum with the Surry Arts Council for more than twenty-five years.[2] The Andy Griffith Museum was opened on September 26, 2009.


Emmett Forrest's donated an extensive collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia, which forms the basis for the museum's permanent exhibition.[1][2]

Personal items on exhibit includes a rocking chair that Andy Griffith's father, Carl Griffith, made for his mother, Geneva.[4] A large portion of the museum includes pieces from the sets of The Andy Griffith Show, which aired from 1960 to 1968, and the Matlock television series.[4][5]

The museum also houses objects related to actress Betty Lynn, who now lives in Mount Airy, and the late Don Knotts.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Well, I'll be: Andy Griffith Museum opens". The Business Journal. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c Stange, Keith (2013-01-12). "Emmett Forrest, long-time Andy Griffith friend, has died". The Mount Airy News. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Timeline: Andy Griffith". Access Atlanta. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b McCullough, Gary (2012-03-16). "Andy Griffith Museum salutes actor’s career". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  5. ^ a b Joyce, Tom (2013-02-07). "Andy Griffith Museum part of university project". The Mount Airy News. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 

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