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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent acquisitions to the Horace Kephart collections of artifacts held by the MHC.
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.
Pisgah Forest Pottery, Walter B. Stephen
Exhibit highlighting the development this Craft Pottery that operated for many years just south of Asheville.
Cherokee Voting Rights