The Murray City Museum is located in the south wing of the City Hall building (the old Arlington Elementary School), but also has exhibit space in display cases along the main hallway within the building. The museum is a steward of artifacts from Murray’s history.
The Murray City Museum celebrates the heritage of the Murray community by fostering appreciation for the city’s past, promoting understanding of local diversity, and forging connections between residents, past and present. The Museum documents, preserves, studies, and interprets the history of Murray, including early settlement, community growth, industrial prominence, and modern expansion through exhibits, collections, public programs and research.
The museum’s story, which is largely focused between 1870 to 1950, illustrates how the city moved from an agricultural beginning to a booming smelter town and how the city was created from the interplay between those elements.
This history of Murray can be told through the stories of the families that have lived here. The exhibit in the the hallways of City Hall gives a glimpse into the lives of a handful of families that helped form Murray over the years. Aerial maps are also used to help highlight changes in Murray city over the years, some maps dating as far back as 1937!
Admission to the museum is free.
Our museum is staffed part-time by two employees and is sometimes closed during our posted hours due to circumstances beyond our control. We encourage out-of-state visitors to call ahead, so that we can make sure the museum is open for you.