The Wild Turkey Center is the national headquarters of the National Wild Turkey Federation. We serve a staff of regional directors and biologists, as well as our 250,000-strong membership. We're located in Edgefield County, South Carolina. A quaint town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Edgefield sits on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and offers experiences in history, art and small town living. Read more about Edgefield.
The Winchester Museum
The Winchester Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to wild turkey restoration, management and hunting. The amazing comeback story of the wild turkey unfolds through exciting displays. The museum welcomes more than 5,000 visitors annually.
Winchester Museum Exhibits
The Winchester Museum is an interactive experience all about the wild turkey and our country’s rich conservation and hunting heritage. You’ll find:
- The world’s largest turkey call: Visitors can step into this oversized box call and learn how to make different types of wild turkey sounds.
- A helicopter simulator: Sit in a retired USDA Forest Service helicopter and go along on a controlled burn expedition.
- Shooting simulator: This arcade-style shooting game is fun for the young and young at heart!
- Wildlife oddities: See the unexpected and sometimes strange variations in nature when it comes to wild turkeys and white-tailed deer.
- 3D wild turkey dioramas: This isn’t the shoebox stories of elementary school. See artist renderings and taxidermy of the five wild turkey subspecies and the ocellated species in their natural habitats.
- Animated storytellers: A life-like grandpa sits in a rocking chair and tells stories about the history of the NWTF, turkey hunting and conservation. We also have a state-of-the-art animatronic Cherokee Indian who shares legends and stories of wild turkeys.
- Historic turkey calls: Donated by master turkey callmakers Neil Cost and M.L. Lynch, these are some of the museum’s most treasured collections. Visitors also can view the wall that depicts the evolution of turkey calls spanning more than a century.
- Virtual reality theater: Enter the theater and you’re immediately transported to the break of dawn on a spring morning. Hear the sounds and see the sights of the woods waking up. Watch out for the turkeys flying off their roost!
Education Programs and Field Trips
The halls of the Wild Turkey Center come alive with squeaks, squawks and imaginative attempts at turkey calls. It’s not our staff preparing for turkey season; it’s visitors flocking to learn more about the wild turkey. Our field trip programs are for the young and the young at heart. Visitors of all ages leave our facility with a better understanding of the conservation success story that surrounds the wild turkey, and the role hunting has played in that success.
Sign up to take a guided museum tour. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous…
- Go on a habitat hike
- Play a game of camouflage hide and seek
- Learn about native forests and habitats
- Find out how to reduce, reuse and recycle to save our environment
Download our Program Guide and Registration Form for more information.
Just need a day outside? Contact the museum staff to enjoy our Outdoor Education Center with nature trails, a wetland habitat site and a picnic pavilion. It’s perfect for youth events, school field trips and other educational opportunities.