With over 22,000 artifacts, the collections of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture represent the rich, rural heritage of Wiregrass Georgia.

The Curatorial Department is currently in the process of digitizing records for thousands artifacts housed at the Museum and employs multiple student interns from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College throughout the year to ensure the highest quality of care for artifacts and the creation of new exhibits.


Since opening in 2010, the Museum Gallery has featured more than 40 unique exhibits from rural Georgia artists and significant collections from around the state. We strive to bring attention to emerging local artists with an emphasis on those passing their artistic abilities on for future generations.

We’re constantly updating our gallery with new collections and artists throughout the year. From musicians to artisans and traditional artists, we bring the South’s best creative minds together to showcase the region’s diverse and thriving artistic community.

Traveling Exhibits

The Cotton Mill Children: Tifton’s Impact on America

This traveling exhibit features the work of 20th century photographer Lewis Hine, who captured the lives of poor and working-class families across the United States – and particularly the unfair and unsafe conditions in which they worked on a daily basis. The Cotton Mill Children specifically highlights a series of photographs of Tifton Cotton Mill workers while searching for information on the work of Lewis Hine. The mobile exhibit features the story of the Young Family, an overview on child labor, and the Tifton Cotton Mill.

American Turpentine Farmers Association Miss Gum Spirits of Turpentine Beauty Queens

Included in this traveling exhibit are portraits of the Miss Gum Spirits of Turpentine pageant winners dating from 1946 to 1961, and turpentine industry artifacts featured in some of the portraits. Included in the exhibit are also several American Turpentine Farmers Association (ATFA) manuals containing curious meeting minutes from ATFA gatherings.

The beauty pageant dates back to the Ancient Greeks, where men and women alike would be rewarded for their unique beauty and aesthetics. As a reward, an ode might be written in their honor. Throughout the twentieth century, the emergence of the beauty pageant intended to reward individuals for the methods by which their looks epitomized—or romanticized—an ideal version of American or southern sentiment and beauty. The Miss Gum Spirits exhibit showcases winners of the pageant, hosted by the American Turpentine Farmer’s Association (ATFA) between 1946 and 1961, in addition to manuals containing unique meeting minutes from ATFA organization gatherings, and turpentine industry artifacts.


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