The Permanent Collection 
The Davidson County Historical Museum began its permanent collection in the years following its establishment in 1976. The Collection serves as the foundation of our mission, and thanks to the generosity of many Davidson County citizens sharing their historic treasures with us over the years, we are proud to have built a collection capable of supporting our exhibition, educational and research programs.  Approximately 30,000 individual objects, images and archival items relating to the people, places and events of Davidson County, are housed in the Museum.  Each is cataloged, stored and maintained according to best practices within the field of museums and cultural repositories.  Digital catalog records for approximately 50% the Collection have been added to our Collections Database, now available online.

Donate an Artifact
If you have an artifact that relates to Davidson County, contact the Museum at 336.242.2035, or email  Read our Collections Policy and speak with curatorial staff as we evaluate the object's suitability for acceptance.  Remember that an everyday object, seemingly insignificant, might be a priceless item that will help the Museum tell a story about our local history. 

We are happy to hear of items we might be able to borrow on a temporary basis for our exhibition program. Loans are handled on a case-by-case basis, we cannot accept permanent loans, and space limitations prohibit borrowing items unrelated to current exhibits.  If you have items you think would be of interest to the Museum and its audience, please contact the museum at 336.242.2036 or email

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The Permanent Collection

Peek into our storage rooms with the Online Collections Database. Search for records using key words, or simply browse.

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H. Lee Waters Collection

One County. One Photographer. Half a Century... See more of this one of a kind photography collection at

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Caring for your Family Heirlooms

Need help caring for your home collections? Find conservation resources here.