The Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum — a pioneer mountain farm-village that lends voice to the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind. Founded in 1969 by John Rice Irwin, the Museum is now a non-profit organization, and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum.

We offer self-guided tours with limited handicap accessibility and we are open seven days a week.

Location: 2819 Andersonville Hwy. Clinton, TN 37716

Roam our 65 picturesque acres and experience a recreated Appalachian community complete with: 35 log cabins, barns, farm animals, churches, schools, gardens.

Over 250,000 artifacts in 3 buildings, with vast collections of folk art, musical instruments, baskets, quilts, Native American artifacts, and more.

The Museum also contains a restaurant specializing in Southern Appalachian country cooking, a Gift Shop featuring locally made products, and a Banquet Hall for events!

Founded by John Rice Irwin in 1969, the Museum is now a non-profit organization, and a Smithsonian Affiliate museum. Visit our “About Us” tab, or see below for more info.


The Museum of Appalachia is an experience in living history.  This authentic mountain village and farm lends voice to the colorful and interesting stories of the mountain folk of Southern Pioneer Appalachia using their own words and the artifacts they left behind; it is home to one of the most all-encompassing collection of Appalachian artifacts on display anywhere.

“A discovery of a way of life.”

New York TImes

“The most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian life in the world.”

Tennessee Blue Book