Museum of Appalachia

Fountain City

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Step into the past via 30+ historic buildings, displays of authentic artifacts, live animal exhibits, 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

Great, had our nine year old granddaughter with us. She had a lot of questions relating to "what is that" and "how did they do without " but she wants to go back as we do also. Our family settled in Appalachia in the 1780's so this was a great link to that period.
Thomas J. · August 6, 2014
I live in East Tn so it was really interesting to me. I enjoyed the pictures in the actual Museum with accompanying stories about the people and the way they lived. The snack bar food was good and reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and helpful. I would like to go again and spend more time there.
Vada S. · 4 days ago
Very nice exhibits from local TN residents. Lots of different buildings, beautiful peacocks roaming the grounds. So much to see and we even had some local musicians practicing while we were there. Fun times.
Janet M. · July 28, 2017

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