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    More hectic than expected due to a wedding on-site (early November)! Still, lots of stuff to see and live animals (ducks, goats, sheep, etc) for the kiddies. If you have an interest in local mountain history & culture, this is your place.

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    On a trip to Gatlinburg a couple years ago, we saw an billboard or some advertisement near Knoxville, and decided to take a short detour to Norris to see the Museum of Appalachia with the intent to stay about one hour. That museum was so interesting, we stayed five hours and we still did not see everything.Another reviewer suggested more detail about the history of Appalachia was needed, and another did not like the homemade looking information cards at the exhibits. I felt it all added to the folksy flavor of this American treasure.The next time we are in Tennessee, this museum is on our agenda.

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    We have been to museums large and small all over N America, and when the family, with our boys grown now, talk about our favorite, most memorable, most fun museums ever, this one is in top 3. Most of the time it is #1. Something about the way it is set up, how well it tells the complete story of a culture worth saving, and now disappearing, is so compelling it draws us back whenever we are anywhere near Knoxville. Sometimes when we are not even that near. No boring, feet aching trudge here. Just a remarkable insight into an important time and place in the American Experience!!

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    Great museum if you have 2-3 hours to kill. Situated in a number of barns and other buildings, the museum offers a glimpse into the world of Appalachia mostly over the past 125 years of so. The owner has an impressive collection and offers great detail into each piece concerning where it came from and what the story is behind it. There are some large collections of specific items which may be of interest to a niche group of people. Make sure to pet one of the friendly kitties on your way out of the gift shop. Also, moderately stroller friendly. Some of the farther out buildings only have stairs for access.

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    Been a few years since we visited, but very interesting place and would make a re-visit when time permits. It requires some walking to see all the building on the grounds but the museum in-it-self is worth seeing.