Exhibits & Artifacts

Our exhibitions illustrate mountain societies and the natural world, past and present. Temporary exhibits have been produced around such themes as blacksmithing, Cherokee myths and legends, and southern Appalachian handicrafts. Traveling exhibits look at North Carolina's State Dog, explorer William Bartram, the tradition of Decoration Day and more.

Gallery Exhibits

The Mountain Heritage Center gallery is regularly open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Thursday evenings until 7 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129. The gallery at located at Hunter Library 161.  

When All God's Children Get Together

When All God's Children Together Poster


Feb 27 - May 31, 2017
Hunter Library Second Floor Lobby 


A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African American People in Far Western North Carolina

Exhibit Curated by Ann Miller Woodford.
In partnership with the Mountain Heritage Center. 
Sponsored by One Dozen Who Care, Inc. 

M – F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 P 


Kephart: Revealing an Enigma

Outdoor Author Kephart's boots on exhibit

January 17 - September 1, 2017: Mountain Heritage Center gallery 

Horace Kephart, early champion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was a 20th-century scholar and outdoor enthusiast. In addition to writing many articles for national publications, Kephart also authored "Our Southern Highlanders” and “Camping and Woodcraft.” This exhibits displays hundreds of items from Kephart's personal collection, including his tent, writing desk, and more.


Western Carolina University: The Progress of an Idea

H. F. Robinson Building first floor

Traces Robert Lee Madison's "Cullowhee Idea" from 1889 to the present. Highlights WCU's continuing mission of regional service.

Handed On: Three Generations of Corn Shuck Artists
6 lobby cases feature the work of Frances Nicholson, Annie Lee Bryson, and Lori Anderson, showing the transition of corn shuck crafts from items of necessity to art form.

2 lobby cases feature the Mountain Heritage Award winners for 2016: George Frizzell and Dogwood Crafters.

Online Exhibits 


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