Jaars Center


Our museums take a close look at the heart of our work: language, culture, and Bible translation.

Come trace the history of writing. Find out where your alphabet came from—and how people are still making alphabets today. Or learn the importance of minority languages, and how former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas made a difference. Admission is always free.

9/8/21 Update: The Museum of the Alphabet is now open. Please note, we will close early at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 30. The Mexico-Cárdenas Museum remains closed for renovations.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • Face masks and social distancing are optional.
  • The museum will be sanitized frequently.
  • Guided and group tours will be available starting in July. We also have a new cell phone tour to guide you through the museum.

“Night at the Alphabet Museum”

Our popular event will resume in September. Check back for updates! We look forward to sharing this exciting evening with you again soon.

Museum of the Alphabet

Museum of the Alphabet

Be transported around the world as you visit the Museum of the Alphabet, where displays throughout 12 rooms trace the history of the world’s alphabets, from cuneiform to tonal languages to Native American language syllabaries. Explore other writing systems such as mathematics, music, and Braille. Learn modern stories of communities being transformed through literacy and Bible translation.

Reviewers on TripAdvisor give it five stars, and readers of Union County Weekly voted us Best Local Museum. Come see why!  

Mexico-Cárdenas Museum

Mexico-Cárdenas Museum

Learn how faith, service, and friendship between former Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas and JAARS founder, Cameron Townsend, paved the way for Bible translation around the world. See examples of outstanding folk art, ancient jewelry, embroidered traditional costumes, Mayan and Aztecan school books, and historical photographs of President Cárdenas.


Please note, the Mexico-Cárdenas Museum is currently closed for renovations.

  • Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday and Easter weekend, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.


Guided and group tours will be available starting in July. We also have a new cell phone tour to guide you through the museum.


6409 Davis Road
Waxhaw, NC 28173


Free; donations are greatly appreciated