McMinn County Living Heritage Museum

Relive more than a century of the rich, turbulent history of Southeast Tennessee at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum in Athens, Tennessee. Thirty permanent exhibit areas depict life from the Cherokee Indians and early pioneer settlers through 1940 as well as several changing exhibits and programs throughout the year.

Make plans to attend (and participate in!) our annual quilt show, held every fall, and our annual hooked rug show and hook-in, held in the spring!

Exhibits that captivate, programs that educate, and events that entertain all await you. So visit us today!

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Latitude: 35.4406294 Longitude: -84.5995653 Elevation: 894 ft
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Ashley Rush

Seasons Open

Open year-round, except for major holidays

Hours Open

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. * Additional Summer hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (call to verify dates)


$5 adults, $3 students/seniors, FREE preschoolers, FREE Museum members

Eco-Friendly Notes

The Museum's patio and amphitheater are designed to work in conjunction with a surrounding rain garden to filter and purify rainwater.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Fully handicapped accessible. Entry ramp. Elevator.


The number of programs supporting the education of young people is making a difference in our community.

barry willis, 7/24/2011

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