On Thursday, February 25, community members from the Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society, City Council, Downtown Development Authority, Arts Commission, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and city staff gathered with Mayor Steve Edwards for an intimate and socially distanced ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Sugar Hill Art Gallery and History Museum.
These newly opened community spaces add to the already culturally rich downtown and are located just across West Broad Street from the Eagle Theatre.
The History Museum offers permanent and special exhibitions of a large collection of items collected, researched, and displayed by the Sugar Hill Historic Preservation Society (SHHPS). Exhibits and displays include photographs, documents, and memorabilia that highlight the community’s churches, schools, volunteer fire department, gold mining and moonshining history, and the impact by and affiliation with the creation of Lake Lanier. The current special exhibition focuses on the first Black families in Sugar Hill and follows a month-long partnership between the city of Sugar Hill and Black Women’s Association of Sugar Hill in February to celebrate Black History Month. The community space also offers a research room for visitors to investigate their genealogical history thanks to a partnership with and sponsorship by the Suwanee Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution.
Beside the museum, the Art Gallery offers a unique, bright space for visitors to enjoy an eclectic mix of changeable featured works from local and non-local artists. The space will also host traveling exhibitions on a regular basis as curated by the Sugar Hill Arts Commission. The gallery’s first show features small works available for purchase including photography, mixed media, pottery, and sculpture.
Located in the heart of Sugar Hill on West Broad Street, these community spaces on the ground level of the Broadstone at Sugar Hill invite visitors, residents, and passers-by to stop in for a quick visit, a trip down memory lane, or a trip to another world brought to life in unique art pieces.
Before coming to visit the Art Gallery and History Museum, please reference the City of Sugar Hill website for updated hours and exhibit details. While enjoying the spaces we ask that guests observe six feet of social distance between each other and wear masks to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and fellow visitors.