Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour, Greensboro (Self Guided)

Greensboro, established in 1808, has witnessed much history, which is reflected in the city’s museums. Greensboro boasts numerous art galleries displaying the works of prominent local artists, including watercolor, oil painting, sculpture, graphics, etchings and more. If you want to become better acquainted with the cultural life and history of Greensboro, visit its fabulous museums and galleries highlighted in the following tour.
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Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour Map

Guide Name: Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour
Guide Location: USA » Greensboro (See other walking tours in Greensboro)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: ellen
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Greensboro Historical Museum

1) Greensboro Historical Museum (must see)

The Greensboro Historical Museum, located downtown, was established in 1924, making it the city’s oldest museum. Located in the former First Presbyterian Church, constructed in the Romanesque style, this museum offers 15 galleries including the Voices of a City: Greensboro North Carolina exhibition that interprets more than 300 years of Greensboro and Guilford County history. Additional exhibitions include First Lady Dolley Madison, Welcome to the Gate City, the Murphy Confederate firearms collection, Zenke miniature rooms and more. The Museum Shop features "history in every purchase" with merchandise inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Admission and parking are free. Museum hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; 2 pm to 5 pm on Sunday; closed Mondays and City of Greensboro Holidays.
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International Civil Rights Center & Museum

2) International Civil Rights Center & Museum (must see)

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum building is the former location of the Woolworth's in which the Greensboro sit-ins took place, beginning February 1, 1960. The museum's aim is to memorialize the actions of four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, those who joined them in the daily Woolworth's sit-ins, and others around the country who took part in sit-ins and the civil rights movement.

The museum opened February 1, 2010, on the 50th anniversary of the original sit-in, with a ribbon cutting and opening ceremonies Architect Charles Hartmann designed the building in an art deco style. Completed in 1929, the building in the 100 South block of Elm Street was then known as the Whelan Building because Whelan Drug Co. rented most of the space. Woolworth moved into the site in 1939.

Operation hours: (October - March) - Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.

(April - September) - Tuesday to Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm; Friday to Saturday: 9 am - 7 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 6 pm.

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Ambleside Gallery

3) Ambleside Gallery

Ambleside Gallery, located in the city center, exhibits works in pastel, oil, watercolor, pencil and mixed media, including a wonderful collection of lithographs and woodcuts and prominent sculptures from national and international artists. Custom framing and restoration services are available here as well. The cherry wood arches and old furniture add a special charm to this gallery. Hosting occasional concerts, Ambleside Gallery is open daily from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and is closed on Sundays.
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Jules Antiques and Fine Art

4) Jules Antiques and Fine Art

Jules Antiques and Fine Art, established in 2007, is a must for those who love antiques. With a reputation for quality and integrity, it contains nearly two hundred pieces of original antique furniture, accessories and fine art. The gallery provides a large space for temporary exhibitions by regional artists. You will also find a charming garden decorated with beautiful sculptures here.
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Winter Light Gallery & Art Studios

5) Winter Light Gallery & Art Studios

The Winter Light Gallery & Art Studios is a popular cooperative and workshop for about 15 native artists creating works in oil, watercolor, pastel and photography. Located in a charming building from the early 20th century on Spring Garden Street, this gallery also offers classes in watercolor and calligraphy. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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Brock Historical Museum of Greensboro College

6) Brock Historical Museum of Greensboro College

The Brock Historical Museum of Greensboro College, located on the third floor of the west wing of the campus’s main building, was established to collect, preserve and exhibit items and artifacts related to the history and activity of the college and its influence on Greensboro society. The institution itself was founded in 1838 as a female college. Here you will see traditional costumes, early college postcards and exhibits dedicated to its notable students. Its art collection is also of great interest. This museum includes a great gift shop and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Walking Tours in Greensboro, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Creating your own self-guided walk in Greensboro is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Greensboro Places of Worship Walk

Greensboro Places of Worship Walk

Greensboro is home to a number of architecturally stunning churches, many of them built in the last century. Besides serving as a place of worship, the city’s churches regularly host musical and other cultural events. Take the following tour to discover Greensboro’s best places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk

Greensboro is where the American Civil Rights Movement began, something immortalized in the city’s numerous monuments and statues. Greensboro is also where famous writer O. Henry was born. In this city you will find additional public artwork, sculptures and monuments to distinguished American figures. Take the following tour to discover the most fascinating statues and monuments Greensboro has...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Many of Greensboro’s religious buildings are stunning works of architecture, several of them over one hundred years old. Among the city’s treasures you will find the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, designed in the Gothic style. Discover Greensboro’s most unforgettable religious buildings in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk

Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk

On February 1, 1960 the sit-in movement began. This historic event was commemorated by the creation of eight bronze coffee cups. Installed throughout downtown Greensboro and dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the inspired event when four African American students were refused service when ordering coffee, each bronze sculpture is placed on a stone pedestal, featuring the quote of an outstanding...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

Greensboro has many activities for the entire family, including shops, bakeries, cafes, parks and playgrounds. Its numerous art galleries and studios, as well as the Greensboro Children’s Museum, are wonderful attractions for kids of all ages. Take the following tour to discover the best in Greensboro’s family-friendly locations.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Greensboro Cultural Venues Tour

Greensboro Cultural Venues Tour

Greensboro contains many cultural venues exhibiting local art, crafts, music and theater performances, which are highly appreciated by residents and visitors. You will find unique collections in its galleries and museums, as well as major cultural events in its arenas. Take the following tour to better acquaint yourself with the cultural life of Greensboro.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Greensboro for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Greensboro has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Greensboro, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.