On March 9, 1992, a committee was created to study the feasibility of establishing a museum in Cleveland. The group defined the Museum as: an organized and permanent non-profit institution, essentially educational or aesthetic in purpose, with professional staff, which owns and utilizes tangible objects, cares for them and exhibits them to the public on some regular schedule.
The Museum Center at 5ive Points opened to the public on September 11, 1999, after breaking ground nearly a year and a half earlier on May 29, 1998. The Museum Center is both a museum and cultural center that houses exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of the Ocoee Region of Tennessee, which includes Bradley and Polk Counties.
On June 18, 2013 the Board of Trustees adopted an aggressive three-year strategic plan that includes a new mission statement: Telling the story of the Ocoee Region.
Museum features a permanent exhibit, The River of Time, which traces
the history of Bradley County. In addition, five to six changing exhibitions
are held each year that focus on aspects of the history and culture of the
Ocoee Region. The Museum Store makes available for purchase arts
and crafts made by craftspeople living within a 200-mile-radius of Cleveland and our Cultural Center is used for in-house events, and is available for the public to rent for private and community events.