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Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lovely find

We just followed the signs without planning to go to this museum, and arrived at 3:30. The guide... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Catherine M
Raleigh, North Carolina
A time in the past.

Very interesting display of historic artifacts, antiques etc. Interesting topics of the past. They... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
North Carolina
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We are a museum of handicrafts predominantly made in Western North Carolina in an historic Charleston-style home. We also have an extensive Native American collection, originally belonging to Indian agent and owner of the home, Will T. Shelton.
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49 Shelton St, Waynesville, NC 28786-5795
+1 828-452-1551
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

We just followed the signs without planning to go to this museum, and arrived at 3:30. The guide still gave us a lot of information, and didn't make us feel rushed to get out by 4pm. It was perhaps a little pricey ($11 for an...More

1  Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Very interesting display of historic artifacts, antiques etc. Interesting topics of the past. They also have a gist store area where you can buy books and memorabilia.

Thank hunters821
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Professional, affordable, educational, clean and welcoming. Many informative, beautiful original displays, Learned a lot about the area and its history.

Thank Ellen P
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

The museum was very informative, educational and in excellent condition. The tour director was excellent and knew the history of the museum and very knowledgeable. Excellent tour

Thank Bk5098
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

The tour included info on the origin of the 1875 house, owners, local artisans, crafts, info on one owner who was an Indian agent out west and brought back many artifacts. Felt we got insight into a century rural American life from mid 1800's from...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

For a Mother’s day treat my mom and I visited this beautiful old house. The tour guide was terrific and very knowledgeable. The museum had a unique mix of beautiful objects everything from hopi baskets to face jugs. The grounds were very nice and the...More

Thank Blhatton
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

I went here expecting to find much more than is available. These beautiful collectons were actually private ones. As a way of preserving this house and artifacts, they are well taken care of for future generations. While I loved that part, how much of a...More

1  Thank Jene D
Reviewed 21 June 2017

We learned of this museum on TripAdvisor, and we were delighted by our tour. The docent, Grace, was very schooled in the information that she shared with us, and she was also very funny. The first room on the tour displayed a large collection of...More

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a wonderful museum full of human ingenuity. Door mats made out of corn husks, stair step corners covers made from..I'll surprise you. If you like American crafts this is a museum you will enjoy. Our hostess was very personable and knowledgeable, we enjoyed...More

1  Thank Pat M
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Had been to Waynesville a number of times and just found this fabulous museum. The home is beautifully maintained, and each room is filled with handicrafts. Our tour lasted two hours and was filled with interesting historical facts about the house and information on the...More

Thank Meredith M
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