Museum of Appalachia

2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716, USA

About Museum of Appalachia

4.7 / 5

from reviews

    Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum of pioneer, frontier, and early artifacts of mountain life in the Southern Appalachians.

    Thirteendays
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    May 22, 2024

    I definitely underestimated how large this museum is. You can spend the better part of a day here if you wanted to. The museum has an easy to follow layout in which you follow a path to get to the next building on the list. Some buildings have extensive exhibits inside. This is a great place to reflect on what life used to be like.

    Sara Beth Wade
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    February 20, 2024

    Look guys, I travel full time and there are a LOT of pioneer museums out in the world and there is a bit of romanticizing the poor aspect to the whole endeavor, BUT the Museum of Appalachia has a particularly good collection of buildings, including Mark Twain's childhood home, a 1800's log cabin used in the filming of a Daniel Boone show, a huge mill, and loads of cabins and barns. But I think the best part of the collection is in the very first building, the hall of fame. The original director of the museum collected so many great stories - almost too many to read in one visit. It really brings everything to life and makes the museum stand above the rest. There's also a small cafe that is very popular with the locals (go early!) and a really lovely gift shop with a lot of fun items, including a whole wall of jellies and fruit butters. Everyone there is super nice, and there are a few animals on property - some free-ranging chickens and peacocks, some goats, miniature horses, and sheep. There's a one-way path through the whole thing so you don't miss anything. My only complaint is that it's all a bit pricey. Lunch in the cafe of chicken and dressing plus two sides, a slice of good cornbread, and a slice of hummingbird cake was almost $18. (It comes out *very* fast, btw.) The museum itself is $20. (I was told by my hosts that museum admission was free with a meal, but if that was ever true, it's not anymore. Everyone seems to come just to eat.)

    Haley Humphries
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    February 29, 2024

    I wish we had visited sooner after being locals for the last 8 years but I am so glad we finally made it! This was one of, if not, THE best and most interesting museum in the Knoxville area. Even my 4 and 2 yo were interested for 2+ hours. The stories warmed our hearts, the artifacts were fantastic, and the gift shop/staff were so nice. Loved their shop kitties too. 10/10 for us!

    Arthur Hurlburt
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    November 30, 2023

    When I purchased my ticket I thought $18 sounded like a lot for a museum about Appalachia, but boy was I wrong! It was well worth the money. So much to see and do. The exhibits were fascinating, very well done. The walk around the grounds was very relaxing. It felt like I was walking back in time. The restaurant inside is worth the stop. The food is delicious, homemade served on real dishes. The prices are also very reasonable.

    Stacy Klone
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    November 03, 2023

    Well worth the admission! We enjoyed strolling the property and found the building displays filled with what would have been used in their natural habits very interesting. We visited during Heritage Days, and to our surprise, the grounds were filled with 1200 school kids and parents. At first, we thought, let's pass, then thought, let's go for a little while. Well, three hours later we left completely impressed by the lay of the land, the staff, and the volume of artifacts.

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