History

The Gadsden Museum was established by the Gadsden Art Association (GAA). In October 1963, Mayor Leslie Gilliland offered the GAA three rooms of Convention Hall to house the museum. A board was set up and bylaws were written, and the museum opened its first exhibit on January 17, 1965.

Since then, the Museum has been moved several times, finally finding a permanent home on 515 Broad Street in the center of downtown Gadsden. Over the years, strong partnerships have been forged between the Museum and other cultural organizations and educational institutions. The Gadsden Museum has established itself as an important part of the cultural mosaic of Gadsden. In addition the GMA collects, codifies, and disseminates historical information about the facts and myths of this area’s past and serves as a resource center for interested visitors and local citizens, as well as students and scholars.

1986 Gadsden Times article about the GMA

(Gadsden Times article from 1986)