Programs and Events

Programs and Events​​​​​​​
Upcoming ​​​​​​​


The program All About Animals takes a closer look at animals small and large. Learn how they are unique and, more importantly, how are they connected. You may even find that the most interesting animals are in your own backyard!
Live Animal Encounter: Yes
Standards: Ecosystems; Structures

There is no fee and is suitable for most school grade kids. There is a device limit, only up to 50 can join at one time. If you want your child to participate please message us or email Stephanie May at


The Harris Exhibit Hall will be inaguarating its permanent art gallery on July 24th, with a special mini-show featuring local art work done while in quarantine. If you would like to participate please email Stephanie at for the requirements. We are still accepting submissions and all art mediums are accepted!

Note: There will be no special opening due to safety regulations. 

The Granville Museum will be parterning with Oxford Parks and Recreation to bring science programs to Summer Camp this year! Each week on Tuesday's at the 10 am a different program will be offered. Children must be registered through Oxford Parks and Rec and pay the camp fee to participate. This event is not open to the public otherwise. 

For more information on registering, visit:

Annual Pictures with Santa on December 6th from 3 pm - 6 pm. 
Santa Claus is coming to town and he's not camera shy! It's time for our annual Pictures with Santa event! Every year the Granville Museum invites Santa to the Harris Exhibit Hall to take pictures with you before the Oxford Christmas Parade. The first 5x7 is $13 and any other 5 x7 afterward is $7. As always, there will be light refreshments and holiday crafts. Bring the family out for some holiday fun and enjoy one of the many things our community has to offer.

No appointment is necessary. Pictures are usually received by mail 7-14 days after the event.

Photographer: Paul Heidepriem

Harris Exhibit Hall is located on 1 Museum Lane, behind Sunrise Biscuits and the Granville County Child Support Office building off of Williamsboro Street.
Elmwood is the finest Georgian dwelling in Granville County and one of the most complete rural expressions of the style in North Carolina. The home was built in 1805 for the Lewis Family.

December 8th, the Granville County Historical Society will be hosting a house tour of Elmwood (located on 3047 Henry Wilson Rd, Oxford NC 27565.) We are inviting all members of the Historical Society to join us from 2 pm – 5 pm
and learn more about this beautiful historic home. Light refreshments will be provided.

As with all our events, out of the county visitors are welcome to attend with a member. This invitation is one of the benefits of being a member of the Historical Society.

County visitors are welcome to attend for $10 or join the Society the day of the event.
Please let us know if you plan to attend or have any questions by calling (919)-693-9706 or emailing Stephanie at

          The Harris Exhibit Hall will be OPEN EXTENDED HOURS 
        Tuesday November 19th from 10 am - 7 pm.
Come check out our second session of artists featured in our exhibit, More Art Please
September 21, 2019: National Museum Day​​​​​​​

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to everyone.  Granville Museum participated with a day of Museum fun, providing a variety of activities throughout the day.

​​​​​​​August 27, 2019:  The Art of Yoga

   Yoga instructor, Hali Wheeler,  led moves of relaxation, stretching and clearing the mind in the midst of beautiful works of local artists.  ​​​​​​​



August 1, 2019: More Art Please Opening Night

   The first session of the exhibit More Art Please opened to quite a crowd.  Artists were available to talk with visitors about art, while the visitors enjoyed their works.  The art spanned several media areas, including painting, drawing, photography, glasswork, polymer clay jewelry and fairy houses, felt bags, and tiling.  Refreshments and the beautiful gallery kept community members engaged and talking among friends.  Session two is forthcoming.

July 19, 2019: Understanding Black History as American History

    Omar Ali, Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and Professor at UNCG, engaged the audience in an understanding of Black History as American History.  Exploring the contributions of men and women of African descent, Ali demonstrated their significance in shaping America's narrative.  This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



July 15, 2019: Tea Anyone? The Sweet History of Iced Tea 

   Road Scholar Erin Coyle presented as community members sat, sipped and relaxed while learning how sweet iced tea came to be the favored drink of the American South.  While explaining the history of sweet iced tea, Erin was brewing up the ORIGINAL iced tea blend dating back to the Civil War era. This project was made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

June 22, 2019:  Bee Jubilee

    Granville Museum Staff took a  bee exhibit with educational information and hands-on activities for children  to the Bee Jubilee held at the Granville County Expo Center.  Promoting the museum in the community takes extra effort, but the day made it all worthwhile.​​​​​​​


June 11, 2019: Hide and Seek Moon

​​​​​​​"Exploring the Solar System: Hide and Seek Moon" engaged learners
to experiment with some of the tools scientists use to study objects
that are very, very far away, and to learn about how cultures
around the world have viewed the Moon.

Easy-to-use binoculars and a hidden object Moon poster let participants discover how some tools can make distant objects appear closer and brighter, and the Moon Rope storybook shares a story of one of the ways people have made meaning out of the shapes they see on the Moon.

Made possible through National Informal STEM Education Network.

In May, 2019:  In celebration of National Police Week, Granville Museum offered to the citizens in the county an opportunity to have their pictures taken as a police officer.  Even the adults got in on the fun!


May 10, 2019: Pocket Solar System

"Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System" is a hands-on activity in which visitors make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system. They learn that there is a lot of space between planets, and that our solar neighborhood contains many other interesting features and objects. They can even imagine where they might like to send a NASA mission spacecraft in the future!

Made possible through National Informal STEM Education Network.

April 6, 2019: Celebrating a Space Hero

   The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources placed a NC Historical Marker in front of C. G. Credle Elementary School in honor of NASA mastermind James E. Webb. Continuing the celebration, the Granville Museum hosted a reception afterward at Harris Exhibit Hall. During the reception a new small exhibit, "Space Hero: James E. Webb”, was available for viewing. Interested families were able to participate in a hands-on learning activity called "Stomp Rockets". ​​​​​​​