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Museum of Appalachia

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The Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a living history museum--a pioneer mountain farm-village that lends voice to the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind.

Roam our 65 picturesque acres and experience a recreated rural Appalachian community--complete with 35 log cabins, barns, farm animals, churches, schools, gardens, and more. We have tens of thousands of artifacts in 3 buildings, with vast collections of folk art, musical instruments, baskets, quilts, Native American artifacts, and more.

The Museum also has a restaurant, and a two-story gift shop.

A non-profit organization, the Museum’s mission is to preserve Appalachian artifacts and to cultivate a greater knowledge of, and appreciation for, Appalachian heritage. 

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Goats playing on the cairns
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Our restaurant serves fresh vegetables from our Museum gardens
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Alex Stewart exhibit in the Museum's Hall of Fame
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Feeding the Museum peacocks.
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Baby lambs at the Museum.
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Students help to shear the sheep.
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A look inside Mark Twain's family cabin.
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A captive audience for our annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming
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A distant look at the Mark Twain Family Cabin
A distant look at the Mark Twain Family Cabin
Museum of Appalachia
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with extended hours depending on season.
March - May, the Museum will stay open until 6:00 p.m.
June - October, the Museum will be open every day until 6:00 p.m.
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For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Museum of Appalachia directly.

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