Norris, TN—The Museum of Appalachia is preparing to slowly open back up and welcome visitors.  Beginning Monday, May 4th, the restaurant will start serving lunch via curbside pickup from 11am-2pm. 

On Saturday, May 9th, the Museum is planning to reopen its grounds to visitors from 9am-5pm.  In addition to curbside service, it will open the restaurant for in-house dining from 11am-2pm. 

The Museum will continue to abide by the regulations and guidelines set by local and state governments, and will be adding measures to allow for appropriate social distancing for the safety of both guests and staff.  Some of those include:

  • Museum staff will be wearing protective masks and gloves and request that guests do so as well.
  • Guests will be asked to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from others while on the grounds
  • Touch point areas will be limited, and hand sanitizing stations set up in those areas.
  • The restaurant’s seating capacity will be reduced, with a minimum of 6 feet between each table.
  • The staff will practice rigorous sanitation, particularly in touch point areas.
  • The staff’s health will be monitored each day by taking their temperatures upon arrival.

All of this is subject to change, pending any modifications in restrictions or requirements by our state and local governments.  The Museum will post any additional updates on its Facebook page, and any specific questions can be addressed by calling 865-494-7680. 

Like so many small businesses and non-profits, the Museum of Appalachia continues to rely on the support of our community to resume and continue operations. Please visit or call 865-494-7680 to purchase memberships, gift cards, or make a donation. 

The Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is an internationally acclaimed living history farm/village--home to a unique collection of early pioneer artifacts from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A non-profit organization, the Museum’s mission is to preserve Appalachian artifacts and to cultivate a greater knowledge of, and appreciation for, Appalachian heritage. The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, at Exit 122.