Visit our shop for range of Scottish items up to a full line of kilts and accessories.
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Search the Scottish Register of Tartans. The Register is a national repository of tartan designs.
Help support the museum by participating in our membership program.
Museum Hours 10 AM - 5 PM Tuesday - Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday
A tour of The Scottish Tartans Museum offers a look into "the origins, history, and development of tartans.", specifically the development of the kilt. Other exhibits also cover various aspects of the Scottish emigrant experience into North Carolina, and their interaction with the Cherokee people, natives to the southern Appalachians. This one- of- a kind tartan museum is the only one located in the US. Located in the wee mountain town of Franklin, because of the fact that there are more people with Celtic heritage in North Carolina than anywhere in the world.
To learn about your Scottish connection, ask the friendly staff to look up your surname. This enables you to know which clan or district you are affiliated with.
The Gift shop features many unique Scottish gift items a full range of quality Highland Dress items and custom designed kilts. In addition to the shop, items can be purchased through the online gift shop and shipped directly to the customer.
The museum is a non-profit organization and is supported by sales from the gift shop, donations, and museum memberships.
Plan a visit to the Scottish Tartans Museum the next time you come to the Great Smoky Mountains.
The owner of the building has found it necessary to sell the building, and has given us the right of first refusal. The situation this puts us in is to raise a down payment by the end of September. We must raise 50 thousand dollars to makes this payment. If we fail we face very serious consequences. I want you to know that the owner wants us to have the building and is working with us to make this happen.
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A one minute look at some of the Educational Outreach that we perform for our area here in Western North Carolina. Included is a sneak peak at our new living history group Breacan Clann. Breacan Clann re-enacts medieval-1700's eras.
2013 Franklin, NC
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