Bush Beans opens renovated museum and visitor center


After approximately six months of closure, the Bush Beans Museum and Visitor Center has reopened to the public. It’s free for families.

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — Bush Beans in Jefferson County just opened its renovated museum and visitor center after being closed for about six months.

Now people of all ages can come in and experience the company’s history interactively, and all for free. The local business attracts families from around the world, while stimulating the local economy.

As soon as you enter the Bean Museum in Dandridge, you are greeted with beans of all shapes and sizes. Everywhere you look there is something new to learn or experience.

The company claims that beans are the center of their universe, which is why there is a giant golden bean on the second level.

The museum is inside AJ Bush’s original general store in Chestnut Hill. He was the founder of Bush Brothers. Over the years, the company has reworked and remodeled the space, but it’s still a place the community can enjoy.

“Today is the centerpiece of Bush Beans,” said general manager Scott Schroeder. “This is what we chose to highlight our family history and also the brand.”

Bush Beans was founded in 1908, and the same family that founded it is still involved in the business. They are proud of the history and legacy they have built in the Jefferson County community.

In addition to a 10-minute corporate branding video, there are many other items and interactive exhibits that families can use.

There is a scale that tells people their weight in beans if they step on it. There’s also a new touchscreen wall, showcasing all the Bush Beans products, the recipes you can use them for, and where you can buy each box.

It’s been about 12 years since the museum opened, so it was time for a refresh.

“We actually presented things a little differently this time, telling people about our core values, telling people how beans grow, where beans come from and just, in general, trying to educate more people on the bean,” says Schroeder.

Beans are a universally loved food, and Bush Beans knows how special it is to have the ability to educate others on everything from rooting to recycling.

“We get people from all over the United States who come to the welcome center,” Schroeder said. “Of course, a lot of them are from Sevierville, and the one thing I can say is when people are on vacation, they like to see something a little different.”

Bush Beans is off the beaten path, but in a beautiful area at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Access to the museum and visitor center is completely free. There is still a general store and gift shop attached to the space. There is also a cafe right next door, where you can taste the famous pinto bean pie.


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