Recognized by the SC Federation of Museums as the 2007, 2012, and 2015 Achievement Award Winner and in 2008 designated with the Heritage Tourism Award from the SC Archives and History Department, Belton Area Museum Association (BAMA) strives to make history come alive with presentations of interactive exhibits and engaging historical topics.

Several yearly events are sponsored by BAMA: The Community-Wide Craft and Rummage Sale, an Antique Show and Market, a genealogy workshop, community Christmas festivities, and Heritage Days at the Depot. Our staff and board members are also instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival, the SC State Chili Cook-Off
Championships, and the Palmetto Junior Tennis Tournament.   We are also a stop on the SC National Heritage Corridor.

Openings of exhibits with ancillary activities, trunk show presentations in area classrooms, walking tours of Belton, summer camps for children, and participation in community events—all help our staff and volunteers achieve our mission and highlight our facility.

The museums are open free of charge to the public on Wednesday – Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM – 1 PM. Contact Abigail Burden, BAMA Director/Curator, during museum hours at 864-338-7400 or by email at beltonmuseum@bellsouth.net for more information.  Come visit us!

  • Our History

  • The Belton Area Museum Association was founded in 1975 by concerned citizens of Belton.  The organization’s purpose is to collect, exhibit, preserve, and interpret the artifacts, sites, antiquities, and genealogical, archival, cultural, and natural history of Belton, SC, Anderson County, SC and The State of South Carolina. BAMA also provides cultural enrichment, intellectual stimulation, learning opportunities, and activities to increase the appreciation of the traditional, visual, and performing arts.

    In order to achieve this mission, BAMA manages several museums and a community space and offers activities and events, free to the public.  The Belton Area Museum Association operates the Ruth Drake Museum, the SC Tennis Hall of Fame, the North End Gallery, a gift shop and a performance venue all housed in the historic Belton Train Depot. 

    Grants in 2007 and 2014 enabled us to renovate our 1908 building and bring its amenities up to 21st Century standards for accessibility and accommodation.

    The Belton Area Museum is divided into four segments: The Ruth Drake Museum, the SC Tennis Hall of Fame, the North End Gallery, and the Center Section Performance Hall.

    The Belton Area Museum Association is the community’s most valuable resource for the history of our area.  Come find out more about our shared heritage by visiting today.

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    Sep, 17

  • Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws: Living with Creatures

    September 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 16, 2017

    An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 16, 2017

    You and your pets can enjoy an interactive exhibit featuring all things pet related. See the wall of fame for working


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This will be a fun event for all! Come see the exotic pets and the retrievers demonstrate their skills! Visit the different vendors and sign up for some great raffle items! ... See MoreSee Less

Opening Celebration: Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws

September 24, 2017, 3:00pm - September 24, 2017, 4:00pm

Join us Sunday afternoon for the Opening Celebration for BAMA'S newest exhibit Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws: Living with Creatures, September 24, from 3 - 5 PM. There will be lots of family-friendly activities including a pet expo on the depot grounds, seminars and exhibitions, a farm animal petting zoo provided by BHP FFA, pet grooming provided by J and K Grooming, and chances to win free raffle items. There will also be a special demonstration of retrieving skills from the members of the Cherokee Foothills Hunter and Retriever Club. Pet-related businesses will have information to hand out and chances for raffle items to be won. Those already committed to participate are Electric City Stay and Play, J and K Grooming, Alpha Dog Training Services, Invisible Fence of Greenville, Honea Path Animal Hospital, Camp Bow Wow, Anderson County Humane Society, Hyco K-9 Fund, SC Dogs/Pet Therapy, Anderson Dog Works, Clemson Kennel Club, and PetSmart. If your business would like to join us that day, please contact Alison Darby at 864-958-5264 to reserve a spot. Doris Lannon of the Living Collection Animals will bring several of her exotic pets for a great educational program and chance to have pictures made with creatures such as a fox, lemur, flopped ear bunny, all types of lizards, and a monkey. In deference to the 1970s pet rock craze and today's kindness project rock seeking fad, there will also be supplied on hand for people to paintvrocjs yo hide around Belton. Included in the celebration is also a Pet Parade and Costume Contest. Children and adults are encouraged to bring their pets and dress in coordinating outfits to win great prizes. All animals are to be restrained at all times throughout the opening celebration. The exhibit will feature vintage and historic pet items and interactive pet play stations. See the wall of fame for working and rescue animals, check out what colors pets can see, view vintage hunting and retrieving dog items, and learn about the various breeds that have been popular over the years. Your pets can even participate in a dog bone wading pool, a simulator for car rides, and an elaborate cat run. Visit during museum hours, Wednesday - Friday, 9 -2, and Saturday 9 - 1. No admission cost, but donations are gladly accepted. Items for display are still being sought. Please bring loaned items to the museum by Sept. 20 The exhibit is presented by State Farm/Amanda Thompson Agency with additional sponsorship from Belton City HTAX and Anderson County ATAX. For more information, please contact Abigail Burden, Executive Director, at 864-338-7400 or beltonmuseum@bellsouth.net. #standpiperocksbeltonsc #petparade #ilovemypet #beltonareamuseumassociation

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Last night, Elinor Mowbray shared excerpts from letters written by her ancestor, Private Young Hitch of the SC 16th Infantry, sent to his family throughout the Civil War. Patrons were entranced by letters which expressed his constant concern for family back home, including his two boys (aged 8 and 13) and his wife, who were struggling to keep the farm in Laurens County productive during his absence, his fatherly advice to his boys, and his vivid descriptions of life as a soldier. A special thanks to Kay Willis Burns for organizing this series of genealogical programs, Family Trees and Me! Join us on November 16 for the next genealogical program, Resources a Plenty. ... See MoreSee Less

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On Thursday, #bhpffa returned to plant new shrubs in the planters and spread mulch in the beds around the depot. They even found a few #standpiperocks and rehid them. ... See MoreSee Less

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