Nature Museum Shop

The Nature Museum

NOTE: Due to renovations, the Nature Museum, including Mildred’s Grill, is closed through May 13. During the closure, the Fudge Shop will be open for restrooms and some grab-and-go food. Wildlife Habitats remain open. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Our Nature Museum, located about halfway up the mountain, is undergoing a big expansion. The exhibit area is closed as we transform into the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery opening June 2022. Doubling in size, the Museum will feature new state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, allowing you to make real connections to the natural history, flora, fauna, geology and weather of the mountain. New classrooms and auditorium will bring many more educational opportunities. It will be part of the new Conservation Campus with outdoor learning spaces, an amphitheater, a pavilion and botanical gardens.

What to see until then? Take your photo by the bronze statue of the beloved Mildred the Bear, joined by her cubs. Grab lunch or pick up picnic goodies at Mildred’s Grill. Browse the gift shop. See displays about the mountain.

Outside, visit our resident animals at the Wildlife Habitats. Nearby is Split Rock and Sphinx Rock.

The Nature Museum is included in your admission ticket. See other things to do during your visit. Buy tickets online!

Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Go here for Grandfather Mountain State Park information.
Member of Southern Highlands Attractions