Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the hours of operation?
A. Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
     Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm
     Sunday - Monday: closed

Q. What is the price of admission?
A. Adults: $5
    Seniors (60+): $3
    Students: $3
    Preschoolers and members: FREE!

Q. What is the price of a membership?
A. Individual $25
    Senior (60+) $15
    Student $10
    Family $45
Membership entitles you to: Unlimited free general admission, a 10% discount on purchases from the Museum gift shop, & free subscription to the museum’s quarterly newsletter

Q. Are group rates available?
A. Group rates may be available with prior arrangements.

Q. What methods of payment are accepted?
A. Cash, checks, Visa, and Mastercard.

Q. Besides general admission, are there other charges?
A. The museum offers programs and events that require an additional, nominal charge. Such charges are clearly announced prior to any scheduled event.

Q. What are the directions to the museum?
A.1 From north off I-75: take exit 52 (MT. Verd Road), and turn left. Travel through four traffic lights to Historic Downtown Athens, the street becomes Washington Avenue. The museum will be five blocks on the right.
A.2 From south off I-75: take exit 49, and bear right on Decatur Pike. Go 3.2 miles to the sixth traffic light in Historic Downtown Athens, and turn right onto Washington Avenue. The museum will be five blocks on the right. 

Q. Is the museum handicap accessible?
A. Yes. There is designated handicapped parking, which leads directly to the museum entrance. A ramp leads from the parking lot to the front door. An elevator is available for access to all three exhibit floors.

Q. How long should we plan on visiting?
A. Adults and visitors with older children can easily spend two hours exploring all of the museum’s exhibits.

Q. Can I bring a camera or video camera?
A. Yes, photography is permitted in most exhibit areas, although the delicate nature of a few exhibits does prohibit photographs of a select number of artifacts. We encourage guests to capture the special moments they spend with their family at the museum, but we do ask that you do not use a flash in the exhibit areas.

Q. Is it permissible to drop off young teens to explore the museum on their own?
A. In order to provide a safe and fun learning environment for all visitors, the museum asks that children under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult (18+) at all times.

Q. How can I reserve the guild room for an event?
A. Please contact the museum at (423) 745-0329 and ask for the event coordinator.

Q. How do I donate an artifact to the Living Heritage Museum?
A. Please contact the museum at (423) 745-0329 and ask for the curator & collections manager.

Q. Can I bring an object for appraisal?
A. The museum staff is forbidden by federal law from providing any information on the value of objects donated or potentially donated to the museum. The IRS considers such activity by a 501(c)(3) a conflict of interest, so you may want to find a qualified appraiser to examine your object before donation. The following organizations might be able to assist you. The museum does not determine their cost.
American Society of Appraisers (ASA) (800) 272-8258
Appraisers Association of America (AAA) (212) 889-5404
International Society of Appraisers (ISA) (312) 981-6778