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The Ultimate Field Trip: Hands-On Science, History & Adventure



Teachers and students love field trips to Mystery Hill where physics and history rule! Teach your students about physics at our gravitational anomaly. They will love the hands-on science activities in the Hall of Mystery and our brand new gem mining attraction.


For history buffs, the 1903 Dougherty House Museum and Historic Farmyard is all the rage. This turn-of-the-century home was the first in the area to have electricity and is the place where Appalachian State University was founded. While you are visiting the Dougherty House, take a glimpse at the historic farmyard is a fun look at the animals that would have inhabited the farm during that time period. In addition to Appalachian history, Mystery Hill has an incredible exhibition of over 250,000 Native American artifacts. This collection is one of the largest in the world.


Outdoor enthusiasts will love our adventure offerings including the trail by the New River, one of the oldest rivers in the world. And there are lots of great spots for picnics.


Lightbulb at Hall of Mystery
Native American Artifacts Museum at Mystery Hill