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.
• American Museum of The House Cat – Over 5,000 items dedicated to entire history of the house cat, here and abroad.
5063 U.S. 441 South, Sylva • 828.421.0275 or 828.506.1236 www.facebook.com/americanmuseumofthehousecat
• Andrews Art Museum – Exhibits and galleries featuring local and regional artists.
Corner of Chestnut and Third streets, Andrews • 828.360.5071 www.andrewsvalleyarts.com
• Appalachian Rivers Aquarium — Exhibits regional species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and hellbenders.
117 Island Street, Bryson City • 828.488.7857 www.flyfishingmuseum.org/aquarium
• 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
• Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians — Showcasing the history of fly fishing in the South.
210 Main Street, Bryson City • 828.488.3681 www.flyfishingmuseum.org
• Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum — Exhibits on the region’s gems and minerals.
25 Phillips Street, Franklin • 828.369.7831 www.fgmm.org
• Glenville Historical Museum — Showcasing the history and culture of Glenville and greater Western North Carolina.
4735 N.C. 107 North, Glenville • 828.743.1658
• 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.
131 East Main Street, Franklin • 828.524.3967 www.rubycity.com
• Scottish Tartans Museum — Exhibit on Scottish history and culture.
86 East Main Street, Franklin • 828.524.7472 www.scottishtartans.org
• Smoky Mountain Trains Museum — Collection of 7,000 Lionel engines, cars, accessories, plus large operating layout.
100 Greenlee Street, Bryson City • 800.872.4681, x215 www.gsmr.com/smoky-mountain-trains-museum
• 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