Permanent Exhibits

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Layout
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Layout

National Parks Gallery

In cooperation and partnership with the 5 National Parks of East Tennessee, we are honored to announce the opening of our National Parks Gallery. Explore the artifacts and history of Big South Fork, Obed Wild & Scenic River, Cumberland Gap, Andrew Johnson and of course…Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Native Americans of East Tennessee

Native American Life

Find out what archaeologists have learned about prehistoric life in Tuckaleechee Cove, from pottery, stone tools. And other artifacts found in one of the largest archaeological dig projects in Tennessee history.

East Tennessee Mountain Culture

You’ll see a log cabin made of hand-hewn logs, and learn about one-room schoolhouses and grist mills, while cultivating an appreciation for the resilience and ingenuity of pioneer people of the Smoky Mountains.

Proffitt’s Gallery (Main Gallery):

Transportation Station

Our latest exhibit gallery, Transportation Station, allows the Heritage Center an opportunity to display our extensive collection of 19th and 20th century vehicle.  We will also now be able to bring in guest pieces from automobile collectors in the area as well.  The exhibit focuses on local modes of transportation through the past century and a half.

Click the corresponding links to hear more about the artifacts in the Transportation Station:

Please note that all of the above exhibits are available for viewing with your paid admission to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Become a Member and receive an unlimited number of museum visits to GSMHC during your membership period.

Learn more about us

  • Historic 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.