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.
The Mountain Heritage Center galleries are open Monday through Friday. The galleries are at located at Hunter Library 161 (beside Java City) and Hunter Library Second Floor. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129.
Through June 30, 2018: Hunter Library Second Floor, M – F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Exhibit highlighting Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Inc. which is the oldest Native American owned craft co-op in the United States. On display are examples of Cherokee basketry including traditional double weave river cane baskets. Also on display are pottery artifacts, stone and wood carvings, and other types of hand crafted work.
Through June 30, 2018: Mountain Heritage Center gallery at Hunter Library 161, M – F 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia is a cultural crossroads that has been visited and inhabited by people from many different cultural backgrounds. Discover talented and hard working people who have shaped this region. Learn about their varied backgrounds and the portions of their culture that they share with others.
Why do Museums Collect and other questions
Series of panels and artifacts that answer this question and others about museums, their collections, and some of the wonderful donors to the MHC.
Mountain Heritage Award
Two exhibits that feature Helen Cable Vance and the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County.
Pisgah Forest Pottery, Walter B. Stephen
Exhibit highlighting the development of this Craft Pottery that operated for many years just south of Asheville.
Cherokee Voting Rights
Exhibit that tells the long story of the Cherokee people's struggle to gain the right to vote. It covers issues of citizenship, sovereignty, and veterans.