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Museum of Appalachia
2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton TN 37716
P.O. Box 1189
Norris, TN 37828
(865) 494-7680

E-mail us at: museum@museumofappalachia.org

Visit our website: museumofappalachia.org

Museum of Appalachia to Re-Open in Stages

The Museum of Appalachia is preparing to slowly open back up and welcome visitors. Beginning Monday, May 4th, the restaurant will start serving lunch via curbside pickup from 11am-2pm.

On Saturday, May 9th, the Museum is planning to reopen its grounds to visitors from 9am-5pm. In addition to curbside service, it will open the restaurant for in-house dining from 11am-2pm.

The Museum will continue to abide by the regulations and guidelines set by local and state governments, and will be adding measures to allow for appropriate social distancing for the safety of both guests and staff. Some of those include:

  • Museum staff will be wearing protective masks and gloves and request that guests do so as well.

  • Guests will be asked to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from others while on the grounds

  • Touch point areas will be limited, and hand sanitizing stations set up in those areas.

  • The restaurant’s seating capacity will be reduced, with a minimum of 6 feet between each table.

  • The staff will practice rigorous sanitation, particularly in touch point areas.

  • The staff’s health will be monitored each day by taking their temperatures upon arrival.

All of this is subject to change, pending any modifications in restrictions or requirements by our state and local governments. The Museum will post any additional updates on its Facebook page, and any specific questions can be addressed by calling 865-494-7680.

Like so many small businesses and non-profits, the Museum of Appalachia continues to rely on the support of our community to resume and continue operations. Please visit www.museumofappalachia.org or call 865-494-7680 to purchase memberships, gift cards, or make a donation.

The museum photo at the top of the page is a photo of our display barn and the "peoples building" in winter. We have multiple buildings. One of which is the "Appalachian Hall of Fame" which contains the memorabilia and stories of many famous and some not so famous local people who have left their mark on the area.

Hours are seasonal.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

December hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
(8:30 a.m.-3pm on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day).

Our fees are as follows (Call the Museum at 865-494-7680 for admission rates.)
Adults $18.00
AAA Members $15.00
Seniors (65+) $15.00
Military $15.00
Youth 13-18 $10.00
Children (5-12) $6.00
Children (under 5) Free
Family rate $42.00
(parents w/children ages 5-12

Adult Group Rate $15.00
(Groups of 20 or more)

Memberships are good for 1 year. Members receive unlimited admission (excluding Fall Homecoming). They are eligible for 30% discount to Fall Homecoming and receive periodic newsletters. Members free events included July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot, Christmas in Old Appalachia and the Days of the Pioneer Antique Show.

Adult $60.00
Senior $40.00
Family $100.00

We invite you to visit the village, farm, and exhibits at the Museum of Appalachia. We are only one mile off of Interstate 75, but our picturesque pastures, historic 19th century buildings, and authentic old-time music will make you feel as if you've traveled back in time.

With more than 30 historic log buildings gathered onto 63 acres and hundreds of exhibits celebrating the creativity and color of our Appalachian forebears, the Museum annually hosts over 100,000 visitors who view thousands of relics in authentic settings. It was, in fact, founder John Rice Irwin's intention to develop the Museum as an authentic representation of early life in Appalachia, seeking to make the dwellings appear as if the family has just strolled down to the spring to fetch the day's supply of water.

In addition to hosting thousands of families, schoolchildren, weddings and reunions, basket collectors, and historians each year, the Museum celebrates the seasons with three special events.The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day in December except for Christmas Day. It is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, exit 122.

Museum of Appalachia receives ‘library’ of resources
Treasured artifacts at the Museum of Appalachia will be preserved for future generations with the aid of the Bookshelf Collection, a self-contained “library” awarded through a federal grant.

The Bookshelf Collection is a set of books, DVDs, and online resources donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, the primary source of federal funding for the nation’s museums and libraries, and its partner in the project, the American Association for State and Local History.

The Museum received this essential set of resources based on an application describing the need to preserve its thousands of authentic Appalachian artifacts. Topics covered in the Bookshelf materials include the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management, emergency preparedness, and conservation methods.

“These wonderful books and on-line resources will be in valuable in helping us care for the artifacts in our collections,” said Elaine Meyer, the Museum’s executive director. “We’re excited to have such thorough and up-to-date resources at our disposal.”

The IMLS launched the Bookshelf Collection grants in 2006 after a study documented a nationwide need for such resources. Some 3,000 sets will be awarded to museums nationwide by the end of 2009.

“According to a recent national survey, our important collections are at great risk, and without them, the American story simply cannot be told to future generations,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, IMLS director.

The Museum of Appalachia, founded in 1969 by John Rice Irwin, is a living history village with dozens of authentic log structures, exhibit buildings filled with thousands of historic Appalachian artifacts, gardens surrounded by split rail fences, and a variety of farm animals in a picturesque setting. A large craft and gift shop contains handiwork from area artisans, and a restaurant features fresh-from-the-garden produce and home-style desserts.

In 2003, the Museum was converted to a 501(c) (3) corporation; it now operates under a Board of Directors. In May 2007, the Museum announced its formal association with the Smithsonian Institution’s Affiliations Program. By purchasing a Museum membership, visitors can support the Museum’s mission while touring the Museum at no additional charge (except during the Tennessee Fall Homecoming). Smithsonian memberships are also available.


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