Museums in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

Many distinctive local museums in the Blue Ridge mountains and foothills of North Carolina provide a wealth of insight and inspiration for visitors seeking a deeper cultural understanding of the region.

Cultures of the Mountains

The cultures that comprise the patchwork quilt of mountain heritage are illuminated in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Scottish Tartans Museum, the Mountain Heritage Center, and the Waldensian Museum.

Pioneer Museums

The isolation, perseverance, and ingenuity of pioneer farms are showcased at the Hickory Ridge Homestead, Mountain Gateway Museum, and Mountain Farm Museum.

Minerals in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

The Museum of North Carolina Minerals tells the story of an important natural resource and is a major interpretive site for a Revolutionary War trail.

Photo:  Wilkes Heritage Museum in restored Wilkes County Court House, Wilkesboro, NC.

Museums In Partnership

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Museums in Partnership is a network of all the museums in Western North Carolina that work together to combine resoures, share education, and network.  To learn more, click here.

Download a digital version of the Western North Carolina Museum Guide which lists nearly 100 museums large and small throughout the region.

Or visit the websites of the museums listed below to discover the wealth of history and heritage available to you in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.