The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a museum whose mission is to preserve, interpret and share the history and culture of the diverse peoples and Native American who have inhabited the Southern Appalachians including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and offers exhibitions and programs for educational and cultural enrichment.

Take a step back in time with your visit to the Heritage Center and you’ll have the opportunity to wander through our Historical Village.

Tennessee Historical Village

The Historic Village is home to 13 historic buildings that have been furnished according to the period in which they were built. Some of these buildings were de-constructed, transported to the Heritage Center and then put back together for our guests to enjoy.     Learn More Or Take a Virtual Tour

Our Permanent Exhibits

While visiting the Heritage Center, you’ll have the opportunity to view the Main Gallery, home to our Native Americans of East TN Collection and the East TN Mountain Culture exhibits. Directly behind the main building is our Historic Village; a collection of historic buildings and barns brought to us from around the region. The Transportation Gallery showcases early modes of transportation from the East TN region.     Learn More

Our Temporary Exhibits

In addition to our Permanent Exhibits, you’ll also find a display of Temporary Exhibits that are only available to view for a limited period of time. Visit often to experience artifacts that have included a replica of the Titanic, unique handcrafted quilts, wartime cannons and various other items that have been used in everyday living.

School Field Trip Opportunities

If you are interested in scheduling a school field trip here at the Heritage Center, please click here.

Cades Cove Heritage Tours

We offer fully guided bus tours for individual and group of all ages.
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2022 Sponsors

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for helping us fulfill our mission!



Joe and Debbie Matteo, Mike and Mary Crawford


Chuck and Donna Alexander

Richard and Joni Maples

Carolyn Forster

Jim and Carol Campbell

Harper Auto Square

Roger and Maria Goetz

Virginia G. Hardwick

Tom Hatcher

Katie Kerr