House of Flags Museum

Sights & Sounds

Activities & Interests

House of Flags Museum

This unique educational museum was opened on September 8th 2001, in response to local citizen’s desire to instill respect and etiquette for the flag of the United States of America. As the flag collection grew to over 300 different flags the history education role of the Museum also grew. All flags are full-size faithful reproductions accompanied with detailed descriptions of their story. And, every flag has a story to tell. Self-guided tours or narrated tours are available in this fully handicap accessible facility in downtown Columbus, North Carolina.

The tour begins with the “Defenders of Freedom” collection of military service and religious flags. Note the braille-tactile flags displayed here and in the other rooms. Next the “Birth of a Nation” collection displays flags of our founding countries and the Revolutionary War era. See “how our flag got its stripes” here.

The third room represents “The Price of Liberty” with flags from the War of 1812, Texas Republic, Civil War, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf Wars, Iraq & Afghanistan wars. Flags commemorating the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks are also on display here. A special display of the “Liberty Cap Flags” shows our earliest symbol of freedom.

Last is the “United States of America” room complete with all 27 official U.S. flags, from 13 to 50 stars, and the accompanying state and territory flags.

Special Historic Exhibit: Flags of the Eisenhower Oval Office

Oct. 10-13

For the first time in history all six original flags from the White House during President Eisenhower’s administration will be together iDwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States (1953 to 1961), was the only President in our Nation’s history to serve under three different President’s flags. The exhibit includes 48-star, 49-star, and 50-star President’s flags and the corresponding U.S. colors.  The 50-star U.S. flag on display is the actual flag unveiled in the White House Cabinet Room when Hawaii became our 50th state.

The flags are on loan from a private collection and from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas. Historic 1940s and 1950s photographs of the hand embroidery flag making process from the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, Virginia will also be on display along with other press photos of Alaska and Hawaii statehood events.n a single exhibit.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday / Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m


No admission fee but donations are accepted.


33 Gibson Street, Columbus NC 28722

33 Gibson Street
Columbus , 28722
(828) 894-5640
House of Flags

Explore the Map >

Also Nearby

Polk County History Museum (1 mile)

See this fine collection of historic artifacts that tell the story of Polk County.

Tryon Arts and Crafts School (4 miles)

Tryon Arts and Crafts School (TACS), in Tryon, NC, is a regional center for arts and crafts in the Appalachian Foothills.

Tryon (4 miles)

Many of the historic buildings on Tryon's Trade Street were standing by 1900.