The World Methodist Museum in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina houses the largest collection of Wesleyana in the world. Museum exhibits tell the story of the Wesleyan movement from the beginning of Methodism in England to the growing movement in America and its influence and ministry around the world.
Portraits of early founders of Methodism, Wesleyan Staffordshire pottery, rare books, manuscripts, the traveling pulpit of John Wesley, and original letters are among the many artifacts on display.
A special exhibit celebrates the work of Charles Wesley, brother of movement founder John Wesley. Charles was a Church of England priest, a poet and hymn writer, and Methodist preacher, but was best known for his hymns. It is estimated that he wrote over 9,000 hymns and poems many of which are still in Methodist hymnbooks around the world today.
The Charles Wesley exhibit includes a portable pump organ, rare hymnbooks, illustrated songbooks of Wesley hymns, rare needlepoint samplers featuring verses of Wesley hymns, letters, engravings, and an original handwritten unpublished poem by Charles.
Hours of Operation
The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm.