AVLtoday City Guide Play Banner

Learn something new at these 12 museums in Asheville

Whether you’re a history buff, art aficionado, or music lover, these 12 museums in Asheville have it all.

Thomas Wolfe memorial

See Thomas Wolfe’s childhood home.

Photo by AVLtoday

Table of Contents

Museums are the cultural hubs of Asheville. Whether you’re looking to learn something new about the Land of the Sky or plotting a way to spend your Saturday afternoon, here are 12 museums to visit in our city.

History

Asheville Museum of History, 283 Victoria Rd. | $5
This museum opened in late October inside the Smith-McDowell House, featuring many untold stories of WNC’s land and inhabitants.

Smith-McDowell House

The Asheville Museum of History is housed inside Asheville’s oldest mansion.

Photo by AVLtoday

Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, 111 Grovewood Rd. | $5 suggested donation
Admire rare cars made between 1914 and 1959 from Harry D. Blomberg’s collection.

Don’t miss: One of Asheville’s antique American LaFrance fire trucks from 1922 is on display.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St. | $5
Start by touring the museum and watching a short film about author Thomas Wolfe, then journey through the Queen Anne-style home that he grew up in.

Arts

Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | $15
Spend the day browsing art significant to the Southeast through the museum’s collections + exhibitions. Plus, if you get hungry after checking out the “Art of Food” exhibit, you can grab a snack at the rooftop Perspective Cafe.

AVL art museum

Fuel your passion for creativity with a visit to the Asheville Art Museum.

Photo by AVLtoday

Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, 111 Grovewood Rd. | Free
Learn how a former craft education program, created by Eleanor Park Vance and Charlotte Louise Yale, became an international powerhouse in wool production.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 120 College St. | Free with suggested donation
The current exhibition, “Black Mountain College and Mexico,” dives into how important figures from the college and Mexican artists were influenced by each other’s work.

Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy. | Free
Make your way to the second floor to see traditional and contemporary exhibits from members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Silver River Center for Chair Caning, 5 River Arts Pl. Ste. 201 | Free
Browse a collection of 100+ woven chairs at the nation’s only chair caning museum. Note that visits are by appointment only.

Science

Asheville Museum of Science, 43 Patton Ave. | $10, free for kids two and under
Scientists of all ages can make discoveries with hands-on exhibits, including the astronomy + climate virtual display, French Broad water table, landscape sand table, forestry tree climb, and more.

AMOS

Unleash your inner explorer at one of AMOS’ many interactive exhibits.

Photo via Asheville Museum of Science

Music

Moogseum, 56 Broadway St. | $9.75, free for kids seven and under
Bob Moog’s legacy is brought to life with an interactive timeline depicting the history of synthesizers. Plus, try your hand at composing on the theremins and Moog synths.

Don’t miss: The Immersive Dome exhibit visualizes how electricity becomes sound — and makes a great photo op.

moogseum

Discover your musical talents on the theremin.

Photo via Moogseum

Asheville Radio Museum, 340 Victoria Rd., Room 315 of the Elm Building | Free
Located inside AB-Tech Community College, here you’ll discover the impact that radio had on rural WNC communities in the 1920s. Plus, see 50+ transmitters and receivers on display, dating back to the 1900s.

Don’t miss: The museum’s third annual vintage radio swap meet takes place on Saturday, Sept. 9 — find more details.

Kids

Asheville Pinball Museum, 1 Battle Square Ste. 1b | $15
With 35 pinball machines and 35 classic video games, this spot is perfect for the kiddos (and kids at heart).

Check out our other Guides
On the rocks, neat, dirty, frozen, or zero proof — we’re spilling the Long Island iced tea on the best spots to grab a drink after work in Asheville.
Make the most of the warm weather and sunshine with this list of the best local events and activities happening this summer.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or the next Tiger Woods, these 12+ golf courses in Asheville are sure to make for a good round.
We’re highlighting the 23 best parks that Asheville has to offer — complete with dog parks, sports facilities, and nature trails.
When the sun’s out, the world is your workspace.
Thanks to City and County engagement hubs + community workshops, there’s no need to keep your opinion to yourself.
Asheville restaurants, cafes, and diners serving up all the eggs, pancakes, shakshuka, mimosas, and other brunch favorites that will start your day off right.
Explore these local dog-friendly businesses — everything from breweries and restaurants to where to stay the night.
We’re here to help plan your next date in the 828.
Learn about the biggest industries and employers in the Asheville metro area with this guide to local business.
Banner Ad Example
Good news for Asheville.
Get the best local news & events sent to your inbox each morning, for free.