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.

November 2019

Exhibit: Handmade

November 21 @ 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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Fifth Annual BAMA Turkey Shoot

November 23 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Toney Creek Plantation, 155 Welsey Road
Belton, SC 29627
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At the Fifth Annual BAMA Turkey Shoot, you can enjoy great food, tests of skill, good old-fashioned competition and possibly take home your Thanksgiving dinner! On Nov. 23, come visit Toney Creek Plantation for target shooting at its best. The plantation is located out Hwy. 247, and sits on acreage owned by the same family for 200 years! Registration begins at 8:30 AM at the scenic upland hunting preserve. The last shoot will be around 1 pm. Hosted by the…

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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

There’s nothing better than celebrating Christmas in a hometown setting, gathering with friends and family and participating in the traditions that make the holidays special.  To get you in that festive mood, the Belton Area Museum Association, the Belton Center for the Arts, the Belton Alliance, and the City of Belton cordially invite you to enjoy a variety of Christmas activities in Historic Belton, SC, on Saturday, December 7, 2019. From 10 AM – 2 PM, stop by the Belton…

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