Museums and Historic Places in the Great Smoky Mountains NC

historic old wood plank flooring with dark walls and window in the background of a grist mill

Mingus Mill

Step back in time and see how industrial settlers to the area harnessed the power of water. Mingus Mills is still operational and visitors can purchase stone ground corn meal as a souvenir.

below the four hundred foot dam with a road across the top of Fontana Dam

Fontana Dam

A magnificent engineering masterpiece Fontana Dam was constructed during World War 2. It has created the stunning Fontana Lake. More Info

eighteen hundreds reconstructed farmhouse at the Mountain Farm Museum

Mountain Farm Museum

This is a wonderfully intact historical site. Visitors can stroll through the well preserved farm, walk inside the original buildings, or explore the novice level trail around the grounds.

rock wall with sign for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Museum of the Cherokee Indian

This is a great stop for all ages, especially during those pop-up mountain showers. Enjoy a multi-media presentation of Cherokee history and see an array of ancient artifacts from the area.

layered rock wall with sign for Unto these Hills Cherokee Indian Drama

Unto these Hills

This is a great outdoor theatre space that gives a glimpse into the Cherokee history. Worth a stop for sure if you've never been. More Info

historic white building originally a courthouse with blue skies

Swain County Heritage Museum

This is a neat place to visit either your first time here or on a rainy day. The 1908 building originally a courthouse houses an information center for the Nation Park, visitor center, and the Swain County heritage museum with all kinds of antiques and exhibits from the earlier settlers to the area. Its free to check it out so why not!

large and detailed working display of model trains

Model Train Museum

Another neat thing to do in Bryson City NC is visit the Smoky Mountain Train Museum. It features an impressive amount of model trains with many working tracks and realistic setup. Great for a rainy day or if your already riding the train. Admission is affordable and free with every train ticket purchase. More info

Fly Fishing Museum

A Bryson City Attraction culturing significant and unique to our area is the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians. Small displays of exhibits with video will give you a history of Fly Fishing. Free Admission. Located across from he Swain County Heritage Museum in Downton Bryson City. More Info

Downtown Walking Tour