The Harrison Museum of George Washington in Columbiana, Alabama is an extension of the public library. It’s a historic gem that warrants a detour to this quiet little town if you’re traveling near Columbiana. Once a private collection of George Washington memorabilia and artifacts, it was kindly donated to Shelby County by a private banker, from which the museum was born in to existence.
Located in the Mildred Harrison Regional Library in Columbiana, this museum boasts the largest collection of George and Martha Washington memorabilia outside Mount Vernon. It really is like walking through colonial American times, and you feel as though you have stepped in to a time machine, bar the light switches on the walls. The collection comprises of a wide range of artifacts from art, ephemera, furniture, instruments, silverware, coins and just about everything you would expect from every day life in Washington’s times.
The staff are very warm and friendly, but most importantly they are exceptionally knowledgeable. They will guide you through the museum while providing you with an invaluable lesson in American history. They are very perceptive and if they sense that a group is less interested in one item over another, they won’t linger on it, but rather focus on what they see is drawing your attention and provide in depth detail. Their passion and love for the museum is truly remarkable.
Guided tours for groups of five or more of the museum are available by appointment only and the museum requires a minimum of one week’s notice in advance.
Admission to the Harrison George Washington Museum in Columbiana is 100% free of charge. They gratefully accept donations and we strongly urge all visitors to support this magnificent display of historic American artifacts.
The museum is open from Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.