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WNC museums

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.

4704 U.S. 441 South, Sylva • 828.421.0275 or 828.506.1236 •

• Andrews Art Museum

Exhibits and galleries featuring local and regional artists.

Corner of Chestnut and Third streets, Andrews

828.360.5071 •

• Canton Area Historical Museum

Displays focusing on the cultural history of Canton and Haywood County.

36 Park Street, Canton • 828.646.3412 •

• Cherokee County Historical Museum

Artifacts and exhibits showcasing the Cherokee Indians, local history and artisans.

87 Peachtree Street, Murphy

828.837.6792 •

• Clay County Historical & Arts Council Museum

Displays exhibiting the history, art and people of the area.

21 Davis Loop, Hayesville

828.389.6814 •

• Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum

Exhibits on the region’s gems and minerals.

25 Phillips Street, Franklin

828.369.7831 •

• 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 •

• 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 •

• Junaluska Memorial & Museum

Displays dedicated to preserving Cherokee Indian history and culture.

1 Junaluska Drive, Robbinsville


• 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 •

• Mountain Farm Museum

Collection of historical log buildings and artifacts.

150 U.S. 441 North, Oconaluftee Visitor Center

423.436.1200 •

• 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 •

• 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 •

• Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Large exhibits showcasing the extensive and intricate tribe history.

589 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee

828.497.3481 •

• Ruby City Gems Museum

Thousands of gem and mineral specimens on display.

131 East Main Street, Franklin

828.524.3967 •

• Scottish Tartans Museum

Exhibit on Scottish history and culture abroad and in Western North Carolina.

86 East Main Street, Franklin

828.524.7472 •

• Shelton House — WNC History, Heritage and Crafts

Featuring unique works from some of the state’s most acclaimed artisans.

49 Shelton Street, Waynesville

828.452.1551 •

• Wheels Through Time Museum

Rare and extensive collection of vintage motorcycles and classic automobiles.

62 Vintage Lane, Maggie Valley

828.926.6266 •

• World Methodist Museum

Artifacts and memorabilia celebrating founder John Wesley and the worldwide religion.

575 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska

828.456.9432 •

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