The Rankin Museum of American Heritage

131 West Church Street
Ellerbe, NC 28338


The Rankin Museum is fun for all ages. Take yourself away from your everyday world and explore faraway places and times past in our exhibits. Imagine what it would be like if you were there! Take a walk in the jungles of Central America, in the backwoods of the Carolinas, or go on a safari in Africa and encounter animals closer than you could ever get in the wild.

Compare arrowheads you may have found with our vast collection of small arrow points to large axes and learn how they were made and used. Go into the seldom-seen Amazon jungle and feel a primitive existence. Along the way, reflect on how you too could be as talented with crafts and inventive tools as the Native Americans and early settlers. Your adventure awaits at the Rankin Museum of American Heritage.

The Rankin Museum has three main areas of interest which include Natural History, American Heritage, and Native American culture spread throughout the 4,900 square foot facility. The museum was founded based on the lifetime collections of Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr., MD. of Ellerbe and is named in his honor.

The museum also offers a gift shop, a public reference library, an interactive zone tailored for students, and a self-guided scavenger hunt.

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