Plan Your Visit
Welcome! Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) celebrates the history and legacy of Black Mountain College, an experiment in community and arts-centered education near Black Mountain, NC, open from 1933 until 1957. We offer historic and contemporary exhibitions, dynamic events, and research opportunities for those interested in any and all aspects of Black Mountain College (BMC). We look forward to your visit!
Hours + Locations
Monday: 11 am-5 pm
Wednesday: 11 am-5 pm
Thursday: 11 am-5 pm
Friday: 11 am-5 pm*
Saturday: 11 am-5 pm
Closed Federal holidays
*Open until 8 pm on the first Friday of every month from April–December as part of the Downtown Art Walk.
There is metered street parking available in downtown Asheville that accepts coins or the Passport Parking App. There are also several lots and garages around town that charge by the hour or day. The closest to the museum are the Broadway Parking Lot at 68-74 Broadway and the Rankin Avenue Garage with entrances from Rankin Avenue or Walnut Street.
The ART Bus system runs several routes through downtown Asheville. Any of the N-routes will get you within a block of the museum. The main bus terminal is only a short walk from the museum, if you are transferring from other routes. For information and bus schedules, visit the City of Asheville’s website.
BMCM+AC is fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. Visitors who use wheelchairs may be dropped off directly in front of the museum at the parking space marked “Loading Zone.”
Guided tours for youth groups, college classes, or community groups can be arranged by contacting info [at] blackmountaincollege [dot] org. We appreciate advanced notice of three weeks or more in order to give you the best experience.
BMCM+AC offers two exhibitions at a time, one at 56 Broadway and one at 69 Broadway. Exhibitions center on a person or idea associated with Black Mountain College, and sometimes feature contemporary artists that are working in the spirit of BMC.
We offer a dynamic schedule of lectures, presentations, film screenings, poetry readings, panel discussions, and performances that are open to the public. Programming spans a variety of topics related to BMC and beyond.
When visiting our 56 Broadway location, take the opportunity to view several short films that share the remarkable history of Black Mountain College. We also have two libraries that are available to the public for research and study:
The Black Mountain College Study Center at 56 Broadway features books, DVDs, and oral histories related to the history of BMC. Our
Ronald R. Janssen Library + Study Center at 69 Broadway features books and journals related to the artists, writers, and movements of BMC.
BMCM+AC has an extensive collection of more than 2,000 pieces of artwork and ephemera connected to Black Mountain College. We are currently in the process of digitizing our permanent collection thanks to generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, so stay tuned.