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). Admittance is free with suggested donation. We look forward to your visit!

Hours + Locations

Open Everday: Monday – Saturday 11am to 5pm + Sundays 1pm to 5pm

Closed for Federal Holidays

We close our gallery, library and research center between exhibitions – visit our Exhibitions Page for dates.

BMCM+AC is located in downtown Asheville 120 College Street
Asheville NC, 28801


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 is the College Street Parking Deck. 

Asheville Transit:

The ART Bus system runs several routes through downtown Asheville. Buses E1, N1 and N2 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.


Our front entrance off of College Street is features a ramp to the sidewalk however our door is not automatic, please knock on street level window or call (828) 350-8484 and our staff will be happy to assist you. Both our upper and lower galleries are accessible with an elevator available between floors. We are always trying to improve accessibility, as our small nonprofit can allow. If you have any issues or suggestions, please contact our Outreach Manager, Kate Averett, at or (828) 350-8484.

Guided Tours:

We offer guided tours for groups of all ages! Groups of less than 30 are preferred but we do our best to accommodate larger groups as needed. Suggested donation of $10 per person is appreciated. To schedule a tour or get more information please contact We advise advanced notice of three weeks or more in order to give you the best experience.


For overnight visits, please see Explore Asheville for more information on accommodations and the wide array of restaurants and activities available during your stay.


Public Programs

BMCM+AC offers up to four exhibitions a year across the lower and upper galleries. Exhibitions explore individuals associated with Black Mountain College as well as themes on the college. Artworks on display utilize our permanent collection of over 3,000 objects as well as loans from other institutions. Contemporary artists in dialogue with Black Mountain College are featured by invitation.

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 120 College Street location, take the opportunity to view several short films that share the remarkable history of Black Mountain College. Please visit our Black Mountain College Research Center which features our special collections, books, DVDs, and oral histories related to the history of BMC. Our Ronald R. Janssen Collection features books and journals related to the artists, writers, and movements of BMC.

Permanent Collection:
BMCM+AC has an extensive collection of more than 3,000 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.