Rankin Museum of American Heritage

Welcome to Rankin Museum of American Heritage

About Us


The Rankin Museum has three main areas of interest which include Natural History, Local History, and Native American culture spread throughout the 4,900 square foot facility. The museum was founded based on the lifetime collections of Dr. Pressley R. Rankin, Jr., MD. of Ellerbe and is named in his honor.

Fun for All Ages


Take yourself away from your everyday world and explore faraway places and times past in our exhibits. The Rankin Museum features multiple artifacts including Native American pottery and art, taxidermy from various countries, and local finds. 


  • The museum also offers a gift shop, a public reference library, an interactive zone tailored for students, and a self-guided scavenger hunt.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible, and seats are located throughout the museum for rest. 
  • A self-guided tour is available and takes around 1 hour. Groups may get a talk about the museum by the director or staff.

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

The Rankin Museum is always happy to have visitors! Please stop by during normal business hours. Sudden closures or temporary changes in hours will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook. 

Rankin Museum of American Heritage

131 West Church Street, Ellerbe, North Carolina 28338, United States

(910) 652-6378


Open today

10:00 am – 05:00 pm

Appointments to tour the museum on Monday and Tuesday are available only for groups of 15 people or more, and must be made at least a week beforehand. 

We are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Have a Question? Email us!