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“Good museum, especially outdoor exhibits” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-0044
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Ranked #11 of 32 things to do in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A nonprofit organization formed to preserve and present the heritage of the East Tennessee region. The mission of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is to preserve, protect and promote the unique history and rich culture of the residents and Native Americans who inhabited the East Tennessee mountain communities that were incorporated into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surroundings. The Heritage Center is located on a five acre site along state highway 73 in Townsend, Tennessee.
The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Good museum, especially outdoor exhibits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Inside there is a transport section, and an anthropological section, detailing the history of the area since primitive times. I watched a video of the Great Smoky Mountains too.
But the highlights are the cabins outside in the garden behind the museum, showing how people lived in the 19th century in the Smokey Mountains. There is even an outside toilet to let us know what conditions were like, a barn, a sawing mill and other buildings.

Visited October 2013
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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“What a pleasant day for a walk!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Center has some terrific exhibits, both inside and out. In addition, they have a lot of community events tourists can participate in: blue grass concerts on Fridays for example. Outdoor theatre-bench style seating so bring a blanket and snuggle up!

Visited October 2013
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“Ya gotta see this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

awesome exhibits,wide selection of books..Everything is open here even with the shutdown..come and see this..you will be glad you did!

Visited October 2013
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Tennessee
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“A wonderful introduction to the Smoky Mountains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Indoor and outdoor exhibits provide a historic introduction to life in the Smoky Mountains before the the National Park (which is closed because of the Federal government shutdown). Buildings include cabins that served as homes, farm buildings, and the like, arranged for an easy walking tour. A video enriches the experience. The museum displays artifacts that provide incite into life in the area. When the park is open, the Heritage Center is a good starting point for visitors who may go on to nearby Cade's Cove.

Visited March 2013
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“A good supplement to a smoky mountain vacation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Museum is put together nicely. Has a good sprinkling of information on pioneer and Native American life. The one oddball titanic replica is kind of weird. There's a lot of buildings to explore and we wish there was more information in them on various items and mountain life. Would be nice to have someone on the grounds to answer questions. Would be good for older kids but our 2 yr old had a hard time concentrating on the exhibits and the buildings were hard to navigate safely - she was getting frustrated with the "don't touch that's" and the " don't climb on that's" haha

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