Swannanoa Valley Museum

Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain: Hours, Address, Swannanoa Valley Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Swannanoa Valley Museum
4.5
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Suggested duration
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WAYNE B
Fort Myers, FL759 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
If you have the time while at Black Mountain don’t forget to stop here.
It has a lot of information and history about the area.
It is free but do accept donations.
Written June 28, 2019
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stillgoin
Buffalo, NY112 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
A very well-done history of the Swannanoa Valley, which includes Asheville (which, it seems, doesn't have a history museum). Very professional exhibits. On the second floor, there is a history of the area, including many artifacts and well-done interpretive signs. On the first floor, the exhibit changes. When I was there, the exhibit was Beacon Blankets: the Mill. Apparently it was a big employer at one time, now gone like so much industry in the rural United States.
History museums help to give me the sense of place that I like to experience when traveling. This museum was no exception. Here, I got some notion of how, in an area not only rural but relatively isolated by the mountains, cities didn't grow; company towns did. I was told that you could still see some of the company houses (now, of course, privately owned) are still in use.
The docent was very helpful, as were other visitors. They advised me to go see the Grove Park Inn in Ashevile, which turned out to be one of the highlights of my visit.
Written June 4, 2019
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MyrtleBeach60
Columbia, SC187 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 a $5 donation is accepted.
Written September 5, 2018
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aecsmith83
Black Mountain, NC3 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
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 Estate and retired in Black Mountain. Upstairs was lots of fun and had displays on local history including touch exhibits where you could type on a typewriter and dial a rotary phone. Well worth a visit. Entry is by donation.
Written January 5, 2018
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Naturelover212
Asheville, NC69 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
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 this temporary, excellent show. The second floor has a permanent collection on the history of Buncombe Co. which was also highly informative and featured many local artifacts. Although the museum is small, one could spend up to an hour or more browsing and learning about the history of the area. It's a good way to take a break from shopping and eating in the delightful town of Black Mountain! The museum is not open year round, so it's best to contact them before heading there.
Written December 1, 2017
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CharismaJ2
Melbourne, FL199 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
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 arches you have seen on Ellis Island, the Biltmore Mansion, Grand Central Station, and many others. I don't know if this is a permanent exhibit, but it is wonderful to learn about Guastavino and his work. Upstairs you learn about the town of Black Mountain and Swannanoa Valley. Go back in time like I did and take the model train around the track and blow the whistle, or sit down at the old manual typewriter to remember how we used to type many, many many years ago! We enjoyed this museum very much.
Written November 11, 2017
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Frank E
Asheville, NC403 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
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!
Written November 9, 2017
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brethol
Granite Falls, NC33 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
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.
Written October 26, 2017
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,401 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
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 commissioned by him.
Written October 13, 2017
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Livoniagal
Louisiana214 contributions
Sep 2017 • Family
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. There is also some antique displays and history of the area. Black Mountain College history is available here as well including little known facts about the college and the Albers. Stop in when you visit Black Mountain.
Written September 27, 2017
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  • Thu - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM