US 441 North Bypass
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone: (828) 497-4702
Fax: (828) 497-5107
Arts & Museums
The Cherokee were among the five Native American tribes that mixed with the European settlers of America and thus were among the few that were able to share their knowledge of the area as well as arts and crafts. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian, preserves pieces of what remains and exhibits the fine art that is unique to the tribe. Apart from the exhibitions, the museum is also involved in outreach programs that seeks to renew an interest in tribal traditions including dance, basket weaving etc. Visitors can either partake in these activities or pick up a few of these hand made products. For more information about the tribe itself as well as the museum call ahead or take a look at their website.
Delve into the world of the Cherokee tribe at their Heritage Museum and Gallery in North Carolina. This museum houses some of the ancient arts and crafts as well as the exhibits of the Cherokee artists that live today. From weaponry to sculpture, pottery to mask collections, the museum aims to preserve all it can of the tribal community in order to educate the young members as well as visitors of the Cherokee way of living. The museum is closed during winter but is otherwise open all week long.
Set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Mountain Farm Museum captivates you with its preservation of local history and farmland. Built in the late 1800s, this Southern Appalachian farm consists of about nine old farm buildings, houses and barns. It's a great place to visit with kids as the farm animals send them squealing for joy. Breathtaking greens and wonderfully preserved structures make this museum a must visit. For more information, do check their website.
Charles Heath is gifted with an exceptional talent that is beyond compare. He creates magic with pastels, pen and ink, acrylic, oils, mixed media and also photography. These creations are displayed at the Heath Creation Studio and Gallery. Charles offers private and group classes for those who are interested in getting in tune with their artistic side. An interesting place to visit and see what it takes to be an artist. For further information check the website.
The Smoky Mountain Trains museum is an exceptionally educative museum about trains, cars, engines and their origins. The museum consists of everything from locomotives to diesel trains and trains that date back to the early 1900's. Besides the museum, this place also houses a kids activity center where children can amuse themselves while adults take in the sights and more. There is a gift and toy shop too, if anyone would like to take back a souvenir or two. This place is surely worth a visit. For further details on timings and other information do check their website.
The Artists' House Gallery houses a collection of handmade works, lifestyle products and exquisite artworks. The gallery is owned by Peggy Duncan who promotes the work of talented and creative artists. The gallery has a line of beauty and bath products, candles, frames and other household or general accessories. It is definitely a place one should visit if you love art or wish to indulge in organic fare. You can be assured of the fact that your personal space will look brighter after being adorned by products from The Artists' House Gallery.
Elizabeth Ellison Watercolors is an amazing place to admire the awesome creations by Elizabeth Ellison. She has been extremely popular in the United States art scene since thirty years. If you visit the website you can catch a glimpse of some of her masterpieces. Beautiful and poignant is how one can describe her paintings. So if you are an art lover, this is definitely a place you want to check out.
Located in the historic Shelton House which was built in 1875 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this museum features comprehensive exhibits of 19th century crafts and furniture, as well as Native American artifacts, unique pottery, quilts, baskets, sculptured porcelain, and dulcimers.
Displays about the settling of the Pigeon River area are displayed at this museum that contains an extensive artifact collection that includes records and pictures of the early times and the continual development of the areas along the Pigeon River.
In Gatlinburg's Winery Square lies this museum, celebrating an innocuous everyday article, the salt and pepper shaker. Started by Andrea Ludden, The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum houses around 20,000 exhibits, that were collected by her over a span of 30 years. Andrea, a professional archaeologist, has neatly arranged and labeled her humongous collection. Sourced from her various travels, visitors can peruse the unique collection of these shakers. The ones replicating Mount Rushmore, the Beatles, Elvis, human feet and farm animals truly stand out.
This museum contains the official registry of all publicly known tartans and is the American extension of the Scottish Tartans Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. Displays on the culture, dress, customs, military, and history of Scotland are featured at this museum that also houses an expansive gift shop.
"The World's Largest Sapphire" weighing 385-pounds as well as one of the largest gem quality rubies found in the area (162 carats) are on display at Ruby City Gems & Minerals. Specimens, artifacts, ivory carvings, and rare gems among other items are on display at Ruby City Gems & Minerals. Open April through December.