Self Guided Tour
When you first enter the Bennett History Museum, you will be in the Childre Grand Lobby (Longhouse). After paying admission, please sign our guest book. The receptionist will direct you to the Estelle Bennett Hughes Theater to view our award-winning 15-minute film, The Southeastern Indians.
After you have seen the movie, exit the theater and turn left to go to the Hall of Ancients at the end of the glass corridor. In this room, you will see dioramas depicting the Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian and Historic periods. There are interactive exhibits describing the four cultural periods, map selections, an introduction to a "virtual artifact museum," and a primitive skills video. Children enjoy using these touch screens and may need adult guidance.
When you have finished touring the Hall of Ancients, return to the Longhouse. Just past the Bennett Grocery Store display, the Sellars Collection of Historic Hand Tools will be on your right. After you have seen the tools, cross the Longhouse where you will find the Rogers Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery.
When leaving this area, turn right again. On your left will be the Buffington Gallery.
The Appalachian Settlement cabins and blacksmith shop are only staffed for group tours and special events. Visitors who want to visit the Settlement during these events should ask the front desk receptionist for an Appalachian Settlement Guide.
On your way to and from the Settlement, enjoy a nature walk on the Lou Reeta Barton Northcutt Walking Trail and Native Garden.
Please remember to visit the Bennett Museum Store before you leave. All sale proceeds benefit the Funk Heritage Center.
We hope you enjoy your visit.