1223 Tsali Boulevard
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone: (828) 497-3500
Fax: (828) 497-9375
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.
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.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts provides a plethora of events and activities to do while in Gatlinburg. They provide workshops and classes from everything ranging from painting and ceramics to woodworking and metal-work. Whether you're a beginner or advanced artist, Arrowmont has something for any skill level in its weekend or one to two week classes. Arrowmont also has five galleries located on property to inspire the masses. Registration for classes is a must, even if you're only planning on taking a weekend class or workshop. Housing is available on campus.
Cooter's Place is the brainchild of Ben Jones who played the character of Cooter in the famed series 'The Dukes of Hazzard'. The Gatlinburg store houses the Dukes of Hazzard museum containing the series' memorabilia and a store which stocks t-shirts, books and more. Cooters is open from 10 am. Families at large can have a fun time at the indoor race track at Cooters. The space also plays host to a variety of private parties and functions. Check the website or call for additional information.
It's a dream come true for many Hollywood fans at Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Here you will get a chance to get up close and personal with cars from your favorite Hollywood films. Till now you have only seen the famous Eleanor on screen from the movie 'Gone in 60 Seconds'. But at this unique museum you can actually see the genuine car for real. The collection includes cars such as Camaro (Charlies Angels), Bumblebee (Transformers), 1967 Pontiac GTO (XXX), 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Fast and Furious) and many more. There is also the unusual 'Flintmobile' from the movie The Flintstones. So all you car and Hollywood fanatics, rush to this museum and see the magnificent collection for yourself!
One more from the Ripley's Believe It or Not! factory is all ready to freak you out. This museum displays artifacts unlike any other you would have seen or heard before. The place is filled with more than 500 odd knick knacks from the world over, that are both weird and amazing. Do not be very shocked or surprised if you see a small eye socket or a random hand dangling around. With more than 50 years of experience in scaring people, Ripley's has made sure that, it would leave you completely boggled and out of sorts after a visit. So, this vacation, try something with a difference by stepping into the Ripley's warehouse. To know more about the place, check the website. The place also offers group tours, but advanced bookings are necessary.