Crab Orchard Museum preserves and promotes Appalachian cultural heritage, focusing on the frontier story and the pre-historic Native American village discovered on-site. Pioneer living, or learning to make do or do without, is at the heart of our exhibits and programs. Visitors may pre-schedule guided group tour experiences in Pioneer Life, Native Americans, Colonial Life, or Spring Planting. Walk-in visitors follow a self-guided tour through the museum galleries, with exhibits on maps, natural history, wildlife, pre-historic Native Americans, Long Hunters, the Revolutionary War, early Tazewell settlement, farm life, the Civil War, coal mining, and Appalachian traditions. The tour extends to the Pioneer Park cabins, including the 1800's farmsteads, blacksmith shop, loom house, apple house, smoke house, dairy, corn cribs, barn and Doc Witten cabin. The last stop is the Red Barn transportation building with horse-drawn carriages and farm equipment, a glass hearse, and a Model T Ford.
Gift Shop sells hand-made crafts, old-fashioned toys, distinctive books, snacks and souvenirs.