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 gallery is regularly open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Thursday evenings until 7 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129. The gallery at located at Hunter Library 161.  

Qualla Arts and Crafts: Tradition and Innovation

Qualla exhibit pic


August 22 - June 30, 2018: Hunter Library Second Floor, M – F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit highlighting Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Inc. which is the oldest Native American owned craft co-op in the United States. On display are examples of Cherokee basketry including traditional double weave river cane baskets. Also on display are pottery artifacts, stone and wood carvings, and other types of hand crafted work.

Discovering Appalachia

MHC exhibit


September 13 - May 30, 2018: Mountain Heritage Center gallery 

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.


H. F. Robinson Building first floor

Western Carolina University: The Progress of an Idea

Traces Robert Lee Madison's "Cullowhee Idea" from 1889 to the present. Highlights WCU's continuing mission of regional service.

Horace Kephart

Recent acquisitions to the Horace Kephart collections of artifacts held by the MHC.

Cherokee Cullowhee

Exhibit created by Kasie Rawlins for an engaged learning project showcasing concepts related to pottery, points, and dwellings of the people who inhabited Cullowhee thousands of years ago.

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 this Craft Pottery that operated for many years just south of Asheville.

Hunter Library first floor

Cherokee Voting Rights

Online Exhibits 


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