Museums and Theaters

Caldwell Museum

Fort Defiance
1792 Fort Defiance Dr.
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 758-1671
The historic home of William Lenoir, Fort Defiance, Lenoir, NC, was constructed in the late 18th century on the site of the original fort and stockade. It is maintained as a museum now and hosts many special events.

Caldwell Heritage Museum
112 Vaiden St.
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 758-4004
Opened in 1991, Caldwell Heritage Museum educates and preserves the history of Caldwell County for future generations through educational services and exhibits. The museum also has several special interest collections: medical, music, military, and photography. Special collections of loaned items are featured for short periods of time each year.  

Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum
107 Falls Ave.
Granite Falls, NC 28630
(828) 396-2792
Museum with artifacts and items from the past with ties to the history of Granite Falls. As this is volunteer opened and run, it's recommended to check with the museum prior to visiting to verify hours of operation. Opportunities for volunteers are available.

Hickory Aviation Museum
3101 Ninth Ave. Dr. NW
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 323-1963
Dedicated to maintaining the facts and artifacts of the Golden Age of Aviation, The Hickory Aviation Museum provides a unique opportunity for all generations to learn and appreciate aviation history.

Catawba County Museum of History
30 N. College Ave.
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 465-0383
Artfully displayed in the unique setting of the former Catawba County Courthouse, The History Museum of Catawba County offers testimony to the hardy settlers of the Catawba River Valley and their resourceful descendants who carved a world-renowned furniture and textile empire out of the backwoods.

Harper House / Lyerly House
310 N. Center St.
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 324-7294
Built in 1887, the Harper house has "the finest Queen Anne interior styling in the entire state,” according to the NC Department of Archives and History. Built in the Craftsman style, the accompanying Lyerly House offers museum exhibits of Victorian times.

Hickory Community Theatre
30 Third St. NW
Hickory, NC 28601
(828) 328-2283
Established in 1948 to produce quality live shows, foster creative expression, and engage diverse community members in the art of theater. The Jeffers Theatre and Fireman's kitchen are fantastic performance spots, and multiple programs including the Rugbug Theatre with actors aged 7-14 are sure to entertain and inspire.

Green Room Community Theatre
10 S. Main St.
Newton, NC 28658
(828) 464-6128
Located in the Old Post Office Playhouse and established in 1987 to bring quality live theatre to artists and audiences in our area. They offer 12 productions between the Main Stage and Black Box Theatre each season as well as Shakespeare in the park.

JE Broyhill Civic Center
1913 Hickory Blvd.
Lenoir NC, 28645
(828) 726-2407
Entertainment and Events in the heart of Caldwell County, the Broyhill center is a 1,000-seat theater/auditorium with fabulous acoustics. They have numerous performances and events throughout the year.