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The Museum of Appalachia: preserving heritage and history

In the heart of East Tennessee stands the Museum of Appalachia, a testament to the region's rich history and culture.

Established in 1969, this iconic museum goes beyond preserving artifacts; it instills a greater knowledge and appreciation in the community of the Appalachian region. 

With over 250,000 artifacts housed in three multi-story exhibit buildings, the museum offers a glimpse into the past. From folk art to musical instruments, quilts to Native American artifacts, each piece tells a story. 

As a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2007, The Museum of Appalachia has garnered regional and national acclaim, welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. It serves as a beacon of cultural preservation, weaving together the stories of Appalachian pioneers through immersive exhibits and experiences. One exhibit includes a recreated pioneer village completed with historic log structures. 

The museum offers daily self-guided tours and is available for group and school tours, educational programs, weddings, parties, corporate events, and facility rentals. 

Today, as the museum continues to expand and grow, it remains persistent in its mission: to preserve the past for the future.

Through its ongoing dedication to stewardship and education, The Museum of Appalachia ensures that the legacy of Southern Appalachia continues for generations to come. 


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