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The Rural Heritage Museum hours are 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The museum is open daily all year, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and all Mondays.
We will be open Good Friday and Easter.

Interested in a guided tour? Please email:


Our current exhibition, "QUALLA ARTS & CRAFTS: TRADITION and INNOVATION" will close Sun, May 31 at 5:00PM.

We will reopen with a new exhibition   "HOW THE WEST WAS WON: TRAINS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, 1880- 1937", Sat, June 27th at 11:00AM  
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Current exhibit:

For more information about this exhibit, click HERE.

"Founded in 1946 in Cherokee, North Carolina, Qualla Arts & Crafts is the oldest Native American artists cooperative in the U.S."

For more information, contact Museum Director Les Reker at (828) 689-1400 or .
The Rural Heritage Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. It is on N.C. 213 in Montague Hall on the campus of Mars Hill University, a 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville. Admission is free.

"Qualla Arts & Crafts: Tradition and Innovation" The art of past and present Cherokee artists is rooted in culture and place. This exhibit showcases the work of several Cherokee artists, including Joel Queen, Karen George, Fred Wilnoty, Geraldine Walkingstick and Davy Arch. All of these artists are featured on the original video, which is part of the traveling exhibit.
Visitors to this exhibit will experience the innovation of Cherokee artisans, with sixty-six objects on display ranging from archeological artifacts to contemporary crafts. The video accompaniment allows visitors to see and hear the artists. Hands-on activities and touchable objects encourage visitors to engage with Cherokee art first-hand.

  • The Qualla Arts & Crafts was founded in 1946 in Cherokee,NC.
  • The Qualla Art & Crafts is the oldest Native American artist's cooperative in the US.
  • The art of past and present is rooted into the Cherokee culture and place.
  • Language/syllabary and symbolism are integral to the artwork. EX. basketry patterns, feather, cross on a hill, etc.
    For more information on Cherokee language and syllabary, click HERE and HERE for information on Cherokee traditions.

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