Photo of Andy Griffith (far left) with his band, courtesy of reader LeRoy Mack McNees (pictured playing a dobro)

Andy Griffith Museum, a Mount Airy Must-See

Visit the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy to get an up-close down-home flavor of the town where Andy Griffith grew up, now a small and historic city.

Founded in 2009, the Museum underwent a major high-tech transformation in 2017, according to, to add more exciting ways to experience the life of the writer, comedian, actor and musician. It is typically open to the public daily.

About Andy Griffith

Griffith’s career started with a witty monologue he wrote and performed as a stand-up comic entitled “What It Was Was Football,” which led to television appearances, Broadway, film, television, and, eventually, his own television series, rated one of the best television shows of all time. “What It Was Was Football” was one of many monologues he wrote when his career began to climb in the 1950s. It remains a popular classic today.

Andy Griffith‘s homespun humor attracted its widest audience with The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. After 50 years, the series is still broadcast on the air in re-runs on many classic television stations and can be seen on YouTube. You can read about how he interacted with the shows writers here: The Andy Griffith Show continues to get positive reviews and high rankings through Common Sense Media.

Read more about the life and works of the actor, writer, and comedian (1926-2012) at

“I’m not as good a singer as I am an actor. So that’s why I like the stories so much — because I’ve been a story teller for a long time. I started as a singer and found out I didn’t have a very good voice. That’s the reason I went into acting.” — Andy Griffith

The Andy Griffith Museum is the sixth stop on our North Carolina Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart