Choose Between Two Options
$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 wind 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.