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Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
+1 865-448-0044
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The Great Smokey Mountain Heritage Center is a great museum in Townsend. Very informative about the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mpeop
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Well done and very informative.

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is a MUST STOP to get a better perspective of the areas... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
TravelingNapkin
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Maryville, Tennessee
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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.
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123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882-4323
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Great Smokey Mountain Heritage Center is a great museum in Townsend. Very informative about the history of the area, including recent archeological excavations in Townsend. Enjoyed the exhibits and learned about the Indian heritage of the area.

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Reviewed June 27, 2018

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center is a MUST STOP to get a better perspective of the areas culture/history when visiting The Smoky Mountains for the first time. Return visits are suggested too, because the exhibits often change. The Village outside is truly something straight...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

We enjoyed the indoor displays and narratives. The outside tour was a bit of a let down. We expected to see houses and barns from the era but they had been recreated and updated some what. A disappointment.

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Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

Not only are there museum pieces inside but outside there are buildings that you would see in a town. In the 1800s. Loved being able to go inside those buildings. There are 3 indoor museum buildings to go in. I also felt the items in...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2018

Extensive inside collection divided between history of native peoples of area and their artifacts, and settlers life in the Appalachians. Dispels some of the myths popularized by Hollywood. Great gift shop. Wonderful collection of old buildings and artifacts outside, so bring your umbrella or raincoat...More

1  Thank fmmbhm46
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Anyone visiting the area should not miss the heritage center! The outside exhibits provide such a clear picture of Appalachian life. The galleries have great exhibits—including Native American relics found in the area. The gift shop has some nice treats, and the whole experience is...More

Thank Cathy W
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

The Heritage Center will give a great background for the many cultures and people who were the earliest inhabitants of this area: Native American, Early Settlers, and Modern Man. The historical buildings have relatable interpretive information. The interior exhibits were well organized and offered a...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

It is worth stopping here before you visit Cade's Cove to increase your understanding of this area of Tennessee.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The heritage center has great outdoor exhibits which include original structures from the Smokies. The indoor portion was very informative and had some interactive displays my 15 year old son really enjoyed. We wish we'd come here before we did the Cade Cove loop in...More

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved our visit. The outdoor exhibit consists of many different buildings and you are permitted to interact with the items displayed in the cabin and to ring the church bell. Our two small children loved being outdoors and playing pretend in the cabin....More

1  Thank Guatechic
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