The Ducktown Basin Museym

The rewards of membership.

No, we can't credit you with airline miles, or points toward earning a free MP3 player. Your membership does include free year-round admission to the museum, along with a 10% discount on all gift shop purchases. But its other rewards are less tangible.

Although the museum's physical property is owned by the State of Tennessee, which takes care of major maintenance issues, we still depend on membership contributions to help us meet our day-to-day operating expenses. If you love this place, and you love its history, your membership means you're doing your part to keep it alive. You're quite literally helping us keep the doors open. And you're helping us grow, a little at a time.

So please consider becoming a member at whatever level you can afford. Individual memberships start at just $20 a year, and business memberships start at just $50. Having finally joined the 21st century (we are a museum, after all), we can now accept online credit-card payments. Of course, if you prefer, you can still mail us a check at P.O. Box 458, Ducktown, TN 37326.

To choose a membership level, or to join or renew your membership online, just click the link at the bottom of this page. You can also use this link to make a donation to the museum in any amount, for any purpose.

Thanks. We really couldn't do this without you.


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Unidentified miner,
early 1900s



There were small iron forges in the Ducktown Basin as early as 1847, but the local iron ore had too much copper to be usable. Iron ore for the forges had to be imported from the Buchanan ore banks near the site of present-day Blue Ridge, about 15 miles away.



10:00am - 5:00pm

Closed Wednesday and Sunday


Adults: $5
Veterans and Seniors: $4
Ages 13 to 17: $2
Ages 12 and under: $1