Franklin, North Carolina: Scottish Tartans Museum

Trace your clan, and order a tartan for your kilt. Opened in 1963.

Scottish Tartans Museum Center

Address:
86 E. Main St., Franklin, NC
Directions:
Scottish Tartans Museum Center. East side of town, south side of US 441/Main St. Look for the Scottish flag.
Hours:
M-Sat 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
828-524-7472
Admission:
$1 adults, kids free
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Tartan on a dummy.

Scottish Tartans Museum

Where to find the information on your clan's Tartans.

[Daryl Palmer, 09/22/2021]
Scottish Tartans Museum

A great time to visit is during Father's Day weekend. The museum hosts a 5K run, "Braveheart 5K," and it allows all of the racers and their families free admission to the museum. The museum has been updated since my first visit in 2003 and it's being updated again this year.

[Dave, 05/21/2016]

"Tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... our FREE DAY!" (Scottish army cheers)

Scottish Tartan Museum

The gentleman at the desk was very rude when I asked about my family's history, but the museum downstairs was quaint.

[Charles Hutton, 11/19/2012]

Perhaps you were wearing your kilt in a manner that upset Angus.

Scottish Tartan Museum

Collection of tartan related items downstairs is quite good -- some actual items dating back to the 1700s. For those of us with Scotch-Irish heritage, it provides a view of our past.

The store upstairs has a wide variety of clan items; books; jewelry and will custom order if the particular item you want is not in stock.

[Larry, 09/02/2008]
Scottish Tartan Museum

The Scottish Tartan Museum was created as a place for the descendants of the Scots immigrants to the North Carolina region to learn about their heritage. The museum downstairs, while a bit cheesy, does give an informative history and evolution of the tartan and kilt. The store in the upstairs area has modern Scottish paraphernalia... And they will order your clan tartan for the asking. I usually try to make a stop here if I'm traveling through the area...As a lad of Scots heritage, it' muh dooty!

[Kevin Liske, 03/22/2005]

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