Planning your visit:
Welcome! Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center offers exhibitions and dynamic programming in a beautifully designed setting in the heart of downtown Asheville. Want to get more out of your visit? Our resource center includes a full library with viewing and listening stations where you can find oral histories from Black Mountain College alumni, watch documentaries, consult ephemera, and refer to our extensive collection of books by and about Black Mountain College faculty and students.
(more information about our current and future exhibitions here)
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday
11:00 – 5:00pm
Closed Tuesday and Sunday
Free admission. Donations accepted.
Location + Parking
Broadway Parking Lot – 68-74 Broadway (closest to Museum, cash, credit, or use Passport Parking App to pay by phone)
Civic Center Garage – enter from Haywood Street or Rankin Avenue
Rankin Avenue Garage – enter from Rankin Avenue or Walnut Street
Wall Street Garage – enter from Otis Street near Patton Avenue
Biltmore Avenue Garage – enter from Biltmore Avenue or Lexington Avenue
Buncombe County Parking Garage – $1 per hour, enter on College Street across from the Court House
There are also several private garages and parking lots located throughout downtown.
You’ll find plenty of on-street parking around town. Metered parking is for two hours or less (as marked) and is $1.25 per hour. Meters accept coins or you can download the Passport Parking App to pay by phone. Metered parking is enforced Monday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm. Parking is free after 6pm and all day Sunday as well as on city holidays.
The City of Asheville’s transit system provides bus service throughout the city including downtown. The Transit Center is located at 49 Coxe Avenue in downtown. For more information on our transit system, visit the City of Asheville’s website.
Visitors are invited to take still photographs for their own use. Flash, tripods, and video recording are not allowed. When taking photographs, please be considerate of fellow visitors. Photographs may not be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from BMCM+AC.
If you see this symbol next to a work, photography of any kind is prohibited (this includes your mobile phone!).
Visiting with Kids
We love children! Children under 10 are welcome in the galleries when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Strollers are usually permitted throughout the galleries, but movement is sometimes restricted during special exhibitions or events; please ask staff for assistance. Baby carriers are permitted throughout the museum.
BMCM+AC welcomes and endeavors to provide a positive, engaging experience for all visitors.
BMCM+AC is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. Power wheelchairs and scooters are allowed inside, but Segways are not. Visitors who use wheelchairs may be dropped off directly in front of the museum at the parking space marked “Loading Zone.” Further parking options are available on this page.
Service animals are welcome. Other pets are allowed in the vestibules, but not in the galleries.
Large-print label texts are available in the galleries. Please ask a staff member for assistance.
BMCM+AC does not discriminate on the basis of disability with regard to admission, access, or employment.
First Fridays + Exhibition Openings
On the first Friday of every month between April and December, BMCM+AC remains open until 8pm. Guides are on hand to offer insight into the exhibitions on view.
Exhibition opening nights are free and open to the public. BMCM+AC celebrates each opening with light refreshments, and often, a talk by the exhibition’s curator(s).
(2016 – May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2)
Please see Events for more information.
Tours + Groups
Guided museums visits are available year-round. BMCM+AC does not charge admission, but donations are suggested for group tours.
Youth Groups (Preschool – 12th Grade)
Museum tours are led by staff, docents, and interns who provide social and cultural context for understanding artworks on view. A guided youth group visit lasts approximately 45 minutes. Reservations are required at least 3 weeks in advance.
College + University
Guided gallery visits are available for classes of less than 50 students. Visits are led by trained staff members who provide social and cultural context for the artworks on view, offer opportunities for engaged critical thinking, and promote group dialogue. Reservations are required at least 3 weeks in advance.
Occasionally, a site visit to one or both of the Black Mountain College campuses may be arranged for college and university student groups. Please note that BMCM+AC charges a fee for campus site visits.
Adults + Community Groups
Self-Guided: Groups of fewer than 10 persons may visit the galleries without a guide.
Guided: Guided gallery visits are available for groups of up to 50 persons. Visits are led by trained staff members who provide social and cultural context for the artworks on view, offer opportunities for engaged critical thinking, and promote group dialogue. Reservations are required at least 3 weeks in advance.