Former Museum Director, Matthew Newsome, guiding a group of students on a tour of the gallery.
Our museum is open year-round, six days a week (except for major holidays).  Our gallery is regularly visited by school groups, researchers, families and interested individuals.  Volunteers are often available to provide guided tours, and staff is always on hand to answer questions and help with basic tartan research.

Our museum gallery features kilts dating back to c. 1800, and tartan specimens c. 1725.  Over 500 tartan samples are on display, including tartans for clans, families, districts, and other organizations.  Our computer database, courtesy of the Scottish Tartans Authority, contains thousands of unique tartan designs, both historic and modern.

Our museum staff and volunteers are routinely invited into area schools, from elementary school to the university, to give presentations on Scottish heritage and Highland dress.

Our museum staff and volunteers also attend a number of regional Scottish Festivals and Highland Games throughout the year to provide a tartan information service to festival visitors.  So if you are attending a festival in the southeastern US, be on the lookout for our tent!
Staff:
Operating Manager
Ronan B. MacGregor

Support staff
Kathie Akins

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86 E Main St, Franklin, NC, 28734  |  (828)524-7472  | tartans@scottishtartans.org |  Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm