722 York Rd.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Phone: (704) 739-7070
Fax: (704) 739-7117
Arts & Museums
A nonprofit gallery and instructional center that was opened by three local artists in 1998 and features an array of changing exhibits and space for local artists to showcase their works. A wide variety of classes and workshops given by locally and internationally known instructors are available.
Operated by volunteers from the Post 23 American Legion, this museum houses authentic military and related memorabilia from past wars and periods with collections including uniforms, weapons, pictures, flags, and scale models.
The largest collection of land mammal specimens in the Southeast is on display at this natural history museum that is the largest natural history museum in the area and also includes five permanent galleries with natural history exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and a half-mile nature trail. Outdoor recreations of an Indian Village and an 18th century farm are also on site.
Gaston County Museum was founded to collect and preserve artifacts and educate the general public with exhibitions, programs and publications. Visitors can peruse various exhibits and learn more about historic preservation. The museum shop contains articles like hand blown ornaments and archaic table linens. Guided tours are available for children and adults. Parking and admission are free.
One of only three truck museums in the United States, this 7,500 square foot museum features a wonderful display of beautifully maintained vintage trucks, as well as numerous photographs and memorabilia.
This Duke Power visitor center aids understanding of nuclear energy through video games, displays, and films plus offers a free, self guided, high-tech tour through the world of nuclear power. Plant tours are available with advance reservations and a nature trail is also located on site.
The Museum of York County, which opened in the year 1950, was originally meant to lure young kids into knowing more about their rich culture and heritage. But gradually the museum expanded and has now become a learning ground for both kids and adults. Apart from the arts and science exhibits, there are also presentations on the natural and cultural history, African artifacts displays and much more. Weekends are even more fun as the Settlemyre Planetarium will take you into the magic world of stars and the cosmos. The museum also holds summer camps and private birthday party celebrations for children.
Come by this aviation museum, located at the Airport, to check out civil and military aircraft. Take a look at the military airplanes featured here, including a Grumman F-14D Super TomCat, which served in Iraq, and a Grumman OVD-1D Mohawk. See the civilian craft like the Piedmont Airlines Douglas DC-3. Restoration work on aircraft takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so schedule a visit to see the whole process. For further information on the exhibits, volunteer opportunities and history of the planes, check the website.