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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3 days ago

Belton Area Museum Association

This is the last week to view the exhibit Portraits: An Historical Lens. Come by the museum Wrdnesday thru Friday, 9 -2, and Saturday 9 - 1. Thanks so much to our sponsors Spartan Photo Center, Wal-Mart, The Legacy of Anderson, City of Belton, and Anderson County. Next up How Things Work, opening Jan. 27. ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a great turn out for Charlie Bill Martin's book signing on Saturday. If you didn't get your copy of his book A Life Well Lived and Other Odds and Ends, drop by the museum (hours Wed thru Fri 9 to 2, Sat 9 to 1), Clinkscales Drugs or the News Chronicle office to pick up your signed copy! $25 each with proceeds benefiting the museum. Great Christmas gift! And check out the other wonderful titles and unique historical gifts you can find at the museum's store. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Belton Area Museum Association

Ok, folks... let's all take a DEEP BREATH. Our 12th Annual Santa Express is this Saturday and we are running it... hot, cold, rain, shine or snow! We have never missed an event since our inaugural run in 2007 and we aren't planning to start now.

We thought last year proved this point once and for all, but alas, it has not. As you can see from the pic below, it did indeed snow on the day of our 2017 event, but we were true to our word and got Santa to every stop as promised. 2018 will be no different... the Jolly Old Elf is coming to town and Greenville & Western Railway will get him there!

The National Weather Service is currently calling for the day to be cold and intermittently rainy, so please dress warmly and bring an umbrella, but don't be afraid to come out, as we will be there. If that forecast turns out to be wrong and we end up getting snow, we will still be there.

Stand fast all believers... Santa Claus is coming to town!!! Ho, ho, ho and Merry Christmas!
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