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, 10 AM – 12 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.

September 2019

Exhibit: Handmade

September 18 @ 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 20, 2019

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 21, 2019

Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Handmade, the newest exhibit at the historic Belton Train Depot, celebrates the craftsmanship of ordinary people who have extraordinary talent. Vintage and antique articles all made by hand are on display. From utlitarian to the most ornate, items include quilts, tatted furniture covers, handmade lace, cobbled shoes, ironwork, ceramics, millinery, musical instruments, tools and implements for creating handmade goods, and more. Sponsored by Anderson County ATAX and the City of Belton HTAX, the exhibit is free to visit.  Museum hours…

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October 2019

15th Annual Heritage Days at the Depot

October 3 @ 8:30 am - October 4 @ 2:30 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 10:30am

Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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This award-winning living history event showcases the skills and craftsmanship of 18th and 19th century pioneers. Fifteen heritage skills artisans and historical interpreters present hands-on instruction to school children in grades 2 – 5, and 8 in Anderson County during the two education days, and visitors to our Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival held on Saturday enjoy the exhibitions as a cultural and educational event.  History becomes a tangible and memorable experience as students and visitors gain first-hand knowledge through…

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3rd Annual BAMA Ghost Walk

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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$10.00

Ghoulies, ghosties, and strange sites await you as you stroll down the historic streets of Belton during the Belton Area Museum Association’s third annual Halloween Ghost Walk. Six all new historic properties are on the tour. Exteriors of homes and businesses will be accessible and spine-tingling stories attached to each property will be shared by costumed presenters. Price per person ($10 adults, $5 children 10 and under) includes light refreshments at the depot, guided tours of historic properties, and unusual…

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November 2019

Family Trees and Me: The Huguenots of SC

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5
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December 2019

Christmas in Belton–A Child’s Wonderland

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Belton Depot, 100 North Main St.
Belton, SC 29627 United States
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Registration open now for the basket weaving class, taught by Kathi Finley Lowe, held on Thursday Sept. 26, 6 pm, at the Belton Depot. Limited to 10 people. Sign up by Saturday, Sept. 21, by calling and paying registration fee, 338-7400. ... See MoreSee Less

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