ABOUT US

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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1970 Belton Rescue Squad

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The Spanish Main

February 22, 2018, 6:30pm

Join us for an interesting presentation that takes you on a journey from the wrecks of the Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1715 to an armchair tour of Spain in 2015. Right after receiving a certification in underwater archaeology, Burgess Shucker worked alongside the famous Mel Fisher and his crew of treasure hunters. Mel Fisher is best known for discovering the Spanish treasure ship the Atocha, and recovering the many exquisite pieces of gold and jewels estimated at a value of 400 million dollars. Burgess will share his diving experiences on the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet that sank off the coast of Ft. Pierce, Florida. He will show recovered artifacts from those dives and talk about the preservation process he was involved in. Dr. Russell Benton is best known as the "most traveled Alum of Erskine College," having visited every continent of the world. He will share video and photographs and talk about his trip to Spain in 2015. For an armchair tour of Spain, this is a don't miss opportunity to travel! The event is free to all guests. Join us at 6:30 PM for a 300 year tour of all things Spain!

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