Whether you love Southern art or regional history, consider a visit to one of these spots. Some are just a few minutes’ drive in Augusta, or cross the Savannah River to North Augusta.
THE LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY, 1116 Phillips St., was the home of one of Georgia’s most influential educators and has been restored into a black history museum. It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, or by special request on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for children. Call (706) 724-3576 or visit lucycraftlaneymuseum.com.
THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY, 560 Reynolds St., features exhibits on the evolution of golf, bronze statues of golf legends, local celebrities known around the world, and artifacts from the 1940s to the 1980s, among others. The museum is open daily during Masters Week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for children ages 6-18. Call (706) 722-8454 or visit augustamuseum.org.
THE MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART, 1 10th St. at Riverwalk Augusta, focuses on Southern art and artists. Exhibits include Bo Bartlett, a realist painter with a modernist vision, and Betsy Eby, whose paintings are inspired by Japanese history; Soldier Artist: Conrad Wise Chapman; and woodturned bowls by three generations – Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Except for free Sundays, admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, students and military with ID and ages 13-17; and free for 12 and younger. Call (706) 724-7501 or visit themorris.org.
THE EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE, 1840 Broad St., downtown Augusta, was built in 1797. It is the second-oldest structure in Augusta and an outstanding example of 18th-century architecture. Visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (weekdays, by appointment with two days’ notice). Admission is $2 for adults and seniors and $1 for ages 17 and younger. Call (706) 722-8454.
THE BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON, 419 Seventh St., downtown Augusta, captures the history of the home of a boy who would grow up to be the 28th U.S. president. You’ll walk the halls, see the rooms and learn about Wilson’s childhood in the 1860s while his father was pastor of First Presbyterian during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Guided tours are offered Thursday through Saturday on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students (K-12). Call (706) 724-0436 or visit wilsonboyhoodhome.org.
THE LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM, 250 N. Louisville St. in Harlem, remembers Oliver Hardy, the rotund half of the comedic duo of Laurel and Hardy, who was born in Harlem in 1892. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free, but bring a few bucks for the gift shop. Donations are welcome. Call (706) 556-0401.
MEADOW GARDEN, 1320 Independence Drive, is the home of George Walton, one of Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence. Visit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Saturdays by appointment. Arrive by 3 p.m. for the last tour. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military with ID, $1 for ages 6-18. Call (706) 724-4174 or visit historicmeadowgarden.org.
THE ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTER OF NORTH AUGUSTA, 100 Georgia Ave., showcases regional history and art and just opened the Swing Into Art exhibit of golf memorabilia. Visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. first Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for K-12th grade. Call (803) 441-4380 or visit artsandheritagecenter.com.