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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:59

WNC museums

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Although the rich history and culture of Western North Carolina is alive and thriving through the hands of our local artisans and performers, there are also numerous museums here preserving and perpetuating the heritage of Southern Appalachia. These buildings each pay homage to the crafts, sounds and deeply-held traditions of these ancient mountains and its people.

• Andrews Art Museum
Exhibits and galleries featuring local and regional artists. Corner of Chestnut and Third streets, Andrews.
828.360.5071 • www.andrewsvalleyarts.com 

• Canton Area Historical Museum
Displays focusing on the cultural history of Canton and Haywood County.36 Park Street, Canton
828.646.3412 • www.cantonnc.com 

• Cherokee County Historical Museum
Artifacts and exhibits showcasing the Cherokee Indians, local history and artisans. 87 Peachtree Street, Murphy
828.837.6792 • www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov 

• Clay County Historical & Arts Council Museum
Displays exhibiting the history, art and people of the area.21 Davis Loop, Hayesville
828.389.6814 • www.clayhistoryarts.org 

• Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum
Extensive exhibits on the region’s gems and minerals.25 Phillips Street, Franklin
828.369.7831 • www.fgmm.org

• Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics
A collection of prehistoric artifacts from North, South and Central America. 3204 Fontana Road, Fontana Dam
828.479.3677 • www.thehikeinn.com

• Highlands Museum & Historical Village
A village composed of several restored buildings, with historical exhibits in the museum. 524 North 4th Street, Highlands
828.787.1050 • www.highlandshistory.com 

• Junaluska Memorial & Museum
Displays dedicated to preserving Cherokee Indian history and culture.1 Junaluska Drive, Robbinsville
828.479.4727

• Macon County Historical Society & Museum
Antiques and artifacts showcasing the history of Macon and Western North Carolina.36 West Main Street, Franklin
828.524.9758 • www.maconnchistorical.org 

• Mountain Farm Museum
Collection of historical log buildings and artifacts.150 U.S. 441 North, Oconaluftee Visitor Center
423.436.1200 • www.nps.gov/grsm

• Mountain Heritage Center
Extensive displays of Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachian history. 150 H.F. Robinson Building, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
828.227.7129 • www.wcu.edu 

• Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass
Exhibits presenting one of the finest collections of its kind in the world. 472 Chestnut Street, Highlands
828.526.3415 • www.ashevilleguidebook.com 

• Museum of the Cherokee Indian 
Large exhibits showcasing the extensive and intricate tribe history. 589 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee
828.497.3481 • www.cherokeemuseum.org 

• Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
Featuring unique works from some of the state’s most acclaimed artisans. 49 Shelton Street, Waynesville
828.452.1551 • www.sheltonhouse.org 

• Ruby City Gems Museum
Thousands of gem and mineral specimens on display.131 East Main Street, Franklin
828.524.3967 • www.rubycity.com 

• Scottish Tartans Museum
Exhibit on Scottish history and culture abroad and in Western North Carolina. 86 East Main Street, Franklin
828.524.7472 • www.scottishtartans.org 

• Wheels Through Time Museum
Rare and extensive collection of vintage motorcycles and classic automobiles. 62 Vintage Lane, Maggie Valley
828.926.6266 • www.wheelsthroughtime.com 

• World Methodist Museum
Artifacts and memorabilia celebrating founder John Wesley and the worldwide religion.575 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska
828.456.9432 • www.worldmethodistcouncil.org