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The Bascom

323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC
28741
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Ranked #7 of 19 Attractions in Highlands
Type: Art Galleries
Owner description: High on a mountain plateau, The Bascom art center provides audiences of all ages with stimulating, diverse exhibitions, studio art instruction and... more » Owner description: High on a mountain plateau, The Bascom art center provides audiences of all ages with stimulating, diverse exhibitions, studio art instruction and other cultural experiences. Join us at our six-building, six-acre campus in Highlands, North Carolina. The Bascom offers you and your family and friends a community gathering-place amid art and nature, along with many program offerings. Free Admission! « less
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Lilburn, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

In addition to the exhibits we visited the pottery barn sale and bought some interesting pottery. There are changing exhibits that we have always enjoyed

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

After spending too many years driving by the covered bridge, we finally turned in and found a wonderful treat called The Bascom. Strolling in the front door we were greeted by the friendly staff who gave us the outline of what this wonderful gem of an art center was all about. Even better was the impromptu private tour we received... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My wife and were referred to Bascom from a shop keeper as we were looking to purchase art work as a gift. We were pleasantly surprised at what we found. Admission is free though donations accepted. While there are rotating exhibits in which all artwork is for sale, there is a smaller gift shop/gallery on the first floor. We were... More

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

There is always something special to see at the Bascom. Its free to get in. Donations appreciated. It has sophisticated intellectual Art exhibits & is always inspiring to the soul. Everyone can appreciate the entrance when crossing the 2nd Oldest Covered Bridge in our country. Its located in downtown Highlands. Enjoy !

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I was thrilled to the core when we learned about and visited The Bascom. Arts resources are so vital, and sometimes in the mountains these can be hard to access. Highlands is not our favorite place in the mountains, by a long shot (too "moneyed," etc.), but The Bascom is very nice both in terms of what it offers the... More

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thebascom, Public Relations Manager at The Bascom, responded to this review

You are absolutely right about the importance of an art component for the community! Thank you for your visit and kind words, and for recognizing the gravity of our mission. We hope to see you again soon. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We visited The Bascom on a misty, overcast morning. The building is spectacular and an artist's dream gallery. Pottery students were already at work and we were greeted by a charming docent who gave us the amazing history of building's coming together from Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and North Carolina. She also touched on the various displays available for us to... More

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thebascom, Public Relations Manager at The Bascom, responded to this review

It sounds like you visited us on the perfect day, and had a great experience! Thank you for stopping in and seeing what we have to offer. The Bascom is devoted to providing opportunities for amateur artists to grow and exhibit within their community, and to showing their work in conjunction with masters and established artists. We apologize that these... More

Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The Bascom center for visual arts is a non profit museum in Highlands, NC. Admission is free but I recommend a donation to enable it to remain viable. I was really amazed by the scope and quality of the exhibits. There was a landscape photography exhibit that included works on loan from Elton John's extensive collection. There was a ceramic... More

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thebascom, Public Relations Manager at The Bascom, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear about your Bascom experience, it truly is a "Mountain Gem". Thank you for your feedback regarding our current exhibitions. We hope you have the chance to stop by again to check out our upcoming exhibitions featured throughout the year. More

Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a fantastic little museum. Completely free to see and it is exceptionally well maintained with very friendly staff. Great pieces of art and we were able to stunning photography by Ansel Adams and pieces from Sir Elton Johns personal collection. This is a true gem to have in The Highlands.

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thebascom, Public Relations Manager at The Bascom, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed the photography by Ansel Adams and works from Sir Elton John's collection. The Bascom is a place where we want our visitors to be inspired by the art, as well as gain the utmost educational experience. Thank you for sharing your experience! More

New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Amazing resource completely financed by the little town of Highlands. The exhibits were truly first class. No admission fee, though donations are appreciated.

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thebascom, Public Relations Manager at The Bascom, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting The Bascom! We are glad to hear you had a wonderful experience. Please note that The Bascom is not only financed by local residents and businesses of Highlands, but also donors and contributors from all parts of the southeast and even other parts of the country. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Part Art Gallery and Museum but is free. We enjoyed the art and the architecture of the building. You enter through a covered bridge, which is neat as well. We liked seeing the local art on display - beautiful pieces and the historic kiln. The place is a quick stop, on 64 W on the way from Highlands to Franklin.

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thebascom, Public Relations Manager at The Bascom, responded to this review

We appreciate your comment! The covered bridge is definitely a favorite for most when visiting The Bascom! It is great to hear that you enjoyed what The Bascom had to offer. More

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