Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center, located in Murfreesboro, TN, is a treasured historical landmark that embodies the rich cultural heritage of the region. Housed within a beautifully restored 19th-century school building, the museum provides a captivating glimpse into the past. Visitors can immerse themselves in the stories and artifacts that showcase the significant role Bradley Academy played in education for African Americans during the era of segregation. The museum’s exhibits, thoughtfully curated and displayed, offer a profound insight into the struggles and achievements of the community throughout history. Beyond its historical significance, the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center also serves as a vibrant hub for cultural events, art exhibitions, and educational programs that celebrate diversity and promote dialogue. It stands as a testament to the resilience and spirit of the community, preserving and sharing its invaluable heritage for generations to come.
Bradley Academy was built in 1806 as the first school for education of white males only. In 1884, African American students, males and females, were allowed to attend school. The current structure was built in 1917, and opened as the new school for African American students in 1918. Today, Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center houses an original classroom, civil war exhibit, and early settlers for the City of Murfreesboro and the County of Rutherford exhibit.
Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center has an auditorium, which serves as a dining area, theatre section for musical programs and plays (that seats 150-175 people), along with a boardroom for meetings (which seats at least 40-50 people). These rooms are available for rental 7 days a week. For more information, please call 615-962-8773. Tours are available Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm (Adults $5, Seniors and Students $3, Youth 12 and under $1).
415 S Academy St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130