Museums in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina

History comes to life at the many museums in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Explore the many cultures of the region through exhibits dedicated to preserving traditions and historical recreations of the indigenous Cherokee tribe; the natural history of the land through ancient fossils and precious minerals; and folk art institutes showcasing the handmade crafts of the mountain people that also pass on that knowledge to visitors. Make your own cultural memories when you participate in the experience at museums in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and enjoy the song, dance, arts, and crafts birthed in the region.

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Clay County Communities Revitalization AssociationHayesvilleDetails
Walk the Quanassee Path, Cherokee History Trail, and hike/bike the 15 mile Jack Rabbit Trails.

Fly Fishing Museum of Southern AppalachianCherokeeDetails
Visit Cherokee’s newest museum conveniently located next to the Visitor Center and across from the Fairgrounds. Through exhibits & videos visitors learn about early fly fishing legends, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of fish, regional fishing waters, & the history of fly fishing in the South. There's a Kid’s Corner with fun games & activities.

Foxfire Museum & Heritage CenterMountain CityDetails
Southern Appalachian collection : log cabins, artifacts, memories. Book series, national bestsellers. Located Black Rock Mountain

Franklin Gem and Mineral MuseumFranklinDetails
A free Gem and Mineral Museum located in the historic 1850's Jail in the center of town. There are 8 rooms filled with specimen. These rooms are dedicated to: Minerals from North Carolina; Fossils; Indian Artifacts; Fluorescing minerals; and a collection of minerals and specimen from around the world. There is also a fine gift shop with some jewelry crafted by local artisans and a collection of bo ...

Museum of the Cherokee IndianCherokeeDetails
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes visitors all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains of western North Carolina. The museum provides an educational and interactive experience where concise, chronological stories retrace the 11,000 year documented history of the Cherokees.

Ruby City GemsFranklinDetails
Ruby City Gems and Minerals located in downtown Franklin, NC offers custom gem cutting and mounting: 14k gold jewelry and findings, thousands of cut gemstones, lapidary equipment and supplies, mineral specimens, stone carvings and bookends, free museum and store. Western North Carolina's oldest and finest rock shop and jewelry store, established in 1958. Boasts a large, free museum with specimens ...

Scottish Tartans MuseumFranklinDetails
The Scottish Tartans Museum contains the official registry of all publicly known Tartans and is the American extension of the Scottish Tartans Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. A non profit Tartan Museum and gift shop. The only one of its kind in the US, offers Scottish foods, clothing and specialty items. Tours available, Only $1 for Museum entry

Smoky Mountain Trains Lionel Train MuseumBryson CityDetails
Catch the spirit of model railroading. Museum ranked in top ten in U.S. Owned and operated by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

Wheels Through Time Museum IncMaggie ValleyDetails
A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles. Equally as astounding is the memorabilia collection that unites the "art of the motorcycle" with the generation of Americans that enjoyed a lifestyle peculiar to the "American Mainstream." The thrust of the museum is to educate future generations to a fascinating spectrum of Americana.

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