Exhibits

Regardless of the day you visit, we offer a great selection of permanent and traveling exhibits to help you learn about mountain life and culture, and see how our region has changed over time.

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Along the eastern coast of the United States, Europeans began arriving seaking trade, riches, and for some, a chance to start over. However, this "new world" contained dangers and hardships. These problems created failures for lots of the early colonies and while we know what happened to some, others remain a mystery. Advances in technolgy are helping answer some of the questions of what happened to those early colonies. Lost and Found Colonies: Using Science and Technology to Uncover the Past explores the most famous of mysteries of the early colonies as well as the modern tools archaeologist use to find the answers.

Produced by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and originally displayed in Raleigh as part of a larger exhibition, American Adventure, produced by Minotaur Mazes, Lost and Found Colonies looks specifically at how archaeology, imaging technology, forensics, and remote sensing are shedding new light on the past. Come explore this exhibit to learn about some of history’s unsolved mysteries and the tools that might help answer them. Travel and display of this exhibit at locations around the state is made possible by the North Carolina Museum of History. 

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Take a peek inside a late 19th century cabin and see what life was like for the people who lived in these homes.

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Folk medicine played a large role in early Appalachian history. Learn about the remedies and their sources in nature in this exhibit on folk medicine.

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Learn about moonshine, and its place in Appalachian Culture. Identify parts of the still, and what it produced.