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Swannanoa Valley Museum

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Nice exhibits, video and staff

Watch the video of Black Mountain College and play with the train upstairs...two of our favorites... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
Columbia, South Carolina
Great small museum!

We had a terrific time visiting the museum. It is in the town's old fire house and has two... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2018
Black Mountain, North Carolina
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Swannanoa Valley Museum has served the western North Carolina community since 1989 as Buncombe County's primary museum of general local history. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Seasonally - Open by appointment only in winter.
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223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711-3408
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

Watch the video of Black Mountain College and play with the train upstairs...two of our favorites. Nice collection of artifacts and treasures with good documentation. We spent over an hour but you could easily take less time if you needed. There is no fee but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 5, 2018

We had a terrific time visiting the museum. It is in the town's old fire house and has two galleries - one with changing exhibits that featured an exhibit from Boston on Rafael Guastavino who built the Boston Public Library, Ellis Island, and the Biltmore...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed December 1, 2017

We recently had a chance to visit this museum to see the excellent exhibit on the builder and architect, Rafael Guastavino entitled "Palaces for the People" who spent his last years in Black Mountain before he died. The entire first floor was taken over by...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Naturelover212
Reviewed November 11, 2017

Worth the stop if you're in town. Museum is free, although they have a box when you walk in for a suggested $5 donation. When we were here, there was an exhibit on Rafael Guastavino, who was a Spanish architect and builder that created tile...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank CharismaJ2
Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went on a Thursday morning at opening time and had the museum to ourselves. The docent provided an excellent introduction to the museum. We saw the Raphael Gaustavino tile arch temporary exhibit and the permanent collection. Fascinating!

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Bar2nE
Reviewed October 26, 2017

Our senior group made this a stop on our way out of Asheville. We found it to be a quaint local museum with very knowledgeable staff. The exhibits of how the area came about by way of railway were very interesting. It's worth a visit.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank brethol
Reviewed October 13, 2017

This is a cute and tiny museum that exhibits a bit of ocal history. However the highlight was the visiting Guastavino exhibit that was very interetsing. I have live din NYC and Boston and was not aware how many of the beautiful public buildings were...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank ZenHealer7
Reviewed September 27, 2017

One of the most important pieces of any puzzle is a local historian and I did find the lady that worked there to be knowledgeable. As a designer, I have a particular interest in Guastavino tiles and enjoyed the exhibit that has been running there....More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Sheryl G
Reviewed September 20, 2017

This museum was a pleasant surprise. It was extremely interesting to examine the old tools. This reminded me of the stories my parents and grandparents spoke of using in the so-called good ole days.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Russell B
Reviewed September 14, 2017

Dropped in here as we usually visit local museums and this one is very well executed and very professional, especially for the size of the town. I was fascinated with the Guastavino presentation, I learned a lot about this architect. Went to the local Christmount...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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