Museum of Appalachia

Fountain City

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Step into the past via 30+ historic buildings, displays of authentic artifacts, free roaming animals, and special events

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Promotional value expires Jul 16, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate by expiration date on your Groupon. May not redeem admission pass during special events; family memberships valid for certain events. Family membership includes 2 adults and children under 18. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$19 for admission for two (up to $36 value)
$69 for a one-year family membership for two adults and two children ($100 value)

  • One year of free museum admission, including the July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot and the “Days of the Pioneer” antique show
  • Membership discount on a Tennessee Fall Homecoming ticket
  • Member recognition in the newsletter and a personalized membership card
  • Invitations to special events
  • One-year subscription to Smithsonian magazine, including discounts on purchases from the Smithsonian catalog and free admission to the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City

View the museum hours. Children younger than 5 are admitted for free with parent.

Museum of Appalachia

Scouring the back roads of Southern Appalachia, John Rice Irwin amassed thousands of historic artifacts before opening the Museum of Appalachia in 1969. A Smithsonian Institute affiliate since 2007, the 501-(c)3 museum now consists of more than 30 historic structures that recreate an Appalachian village, complete with farm animals and gardens flanked by split-rail fences. Along with two large exhibition halls, the museum's pioneer buildings house an extensive collection, which ranges from Appalachian baskets and quilts to folk art and toys.

Elsewhere, rustic paths wend through pastoral sites, a Hall of Fame honors Appalachian notables, and live musicians play old-time Appalachian tunes. In addition to weddings, the museum's grounds host several events throughout the year, including Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Sheep-Shearing Day, Days of the Pioneer Anitque Show, and an anvil shoot every Fourth of July.

Customer Reviews

If you call ahead, you can determine whether docents might be available who are sharing their talents -- fiddling, quilting, etc. Of course, those days might be more crowded. Children love the animals, the old structures, & the open area to run & play. You can pack a lunch & eat on the porch, or the food counter serves some very nice selections too. Great gift shop. Unusual artifacts. Look for the "Ukeweewee" in the Hall of Fame, and you'll find much, much more that will capture your interest too.
Lynn C. · July 31, 2015
For best experience be prepared to take your time. If in hot weather take a cool drink to sip as you stroll through the exhibits. we had a great day. Many thanks to the people involved in keeping history alive.
Pamela S. · May 31, 2015
This is a beautiful place to tour with great food!
Laura W. · November 10, 2014
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    Fountain City

    2819 Andersonville Hwy.

    Clinton, TN 37716


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