Gift Shop

Visit our shop for range of Scottish items up to a full line of kilts and accessories.

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The Museum

Discover the history and facts about tartans, Scotland, and kilts.

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Find your Tartan

Search the Scottish Register of Tartans. The Register is a national repository of tartan designs.

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Become a Member

Help support the museum by participating in our membership program.

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Hours: Closed on Monday - Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call before visiting during winter season. School tours available.
Admission: $2.00 Adults $1.00 Children (12 and under)

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.

Go Fund Me

We are currently in the process of a museum expansion, museum improvements, and improvements to our gift shop. Our museum operates on donations, fundraisers, and gift shop sales. The Scottish Tartans Museum depends on enthusiastic supporters who believe in preserving their Scottish Heritage. We are also the only Scottish museum in the USA, and have been the only tartans museum in the world for several years now. Help us achieve our goals and Donate Today!

Continuing Educational Outreach

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.

The Scottish Tartans Museum & Gift Shop

2013 Franklin, NC
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86 E Main St. Franklin, NC, 28734

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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