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Museum of the Cherokee People – A New Vision

Exterior of the Museum of the Cherokee People

Cherokee is known for many things – its many lakes, rivers, streams, fishing and beautiful mountains, and in more recent years, its casino.  It’s also home of the Museum of the Cherokee People, formerly known as The Museum of the Cherokee Indian until a recent rebranding to align more authentically with the Cherokee, as people.  […]

Disruption: The Museum of the Cherokee Indian Exhibit

disruption is on display now at The Museum of the Cherokee in Indian in North Carolina.

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is a leader in the museum Disruption movement, aiming to return art and cultural artifacts to its rightful place and people of origin. The Disruption exhibit features the contemporary work of tribal artists. These pieces replace the culturally sensitive and funerary objects previously on display. Some of the removed […]

The American Museum of the House Cat

cat laying on its back.

While researching your Smokies vacation, you may come across a place so intriguing you’ll have no choice but to visit. You have just stumbled upon The American Museum of the House Cat. This museum, located in Sylva, NC., is the purrfect place to to pay homage to our feline friends. Housed in an old antiques […]

Five of our Favorite Museums in the Smokies

Southern Appalachian Womens Musuem

Not all Great Smoky Mountain adventures have to be outdoor excitement. Sometimes the best afternoon is spent at a museum, learning about the region’s Native American history, becoming an expert on gems and minerals, or strolling through galleries filled with Southern Appalachian craft. Whether it’s a rainy day in the mountains or your family wants […]

Can’t Miss Adventures in the Smokies

Cherohala Skyway

The Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are a dream destination for lovers of the great outdoors. With stunning year-round views that stretch for miles, thrilling whitewater adventure, Southern Appalachian culture and live entertainment, it can difficult to squeeze everything in to only one weekend. Here are some ideas to help you maximize your time while […]

Discover Handmade Craft in the NC Smokies

Joe Waldroup Woodworks in Hayesville

The Smoky Mountains are home and inspiration to hundreds of artists. Across Western North Carolina visitors can find handmade crafts at a number of studios and galleries, and now the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is connecting visitors to these cultural resources through a network of craft trails. The initiative is called the Blue Ridge […]

Folkmoot! “World” Performers come to the Smoky Mountains of NC

Cherokee nc festival in the nc smoky mountains

FOLKMOOT is comprised of international groups that participate each year and keep us in touch with the identity of their part of the world today. In addition we are being entertained and educated by the exciting dancing and music provided. More than 185 folk groups from over 95 different countries have shared their heritage with […]

Spotlight on a WNC Glassblower: David Goldhagen

Goldhagen Hot Summer Nights

Watch colorful contemporary sculptures emerge as artist David Goldhagen uses ancient techniques in the fascinating craft of glassblowing. Connect with David at his Goldhagen Art Glass Studio in Hayesville, NC. David’s studio is just one of the many places to visit on the new Blue Ridge Craft Trails. Catch one of Davd’s Hot Summer Nights music events outside with Lake Chatuge […]