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 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. 

Appalachia A Century Ago: Craft Through the Lens of William A. Barnhill

Qualla exhibit pic


Through September 14, 2018: Hunter Library Second Floor, M – F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This traveling exhibit from Mars Hill University features images taken by William Barnhill between 1914 and 1917. Barnhill was fascinated by people making crafts as part of their everyday life. This exhibit features pictures he took of potters, weavers, needle workers, and folks using bark baskets. 

Discovering Appalachia

MHC exhibit


Through September 14, 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.

Exhibit Opening  September 26:  The Way We Worked  from SITES (Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Services) 

H. F. Robinson Building first floor

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.

McKee Building first floor

Pisgah Forest Pottery, Walter B. Stephen

Exhibit highlighting the development of this Craft Pottery that operated for many years just south of Asheville.

Hunter Library first floor

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. 

Online Exhibits 


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