Planning your visit:
Welcome! Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is a space that celebrates the history and legacy of Black Mountain College, an experiment in community + education that existed in the town of Black Mountain from 1933-1957. We offer exhibitions, programming, and research opportunities for those interested in any and all aspects of Black Mountain College. Plan your visit today!
Hours + Location
Monday + Wednesday through Saturday
11:00 – 5:00pm
Admission is by donation.
*Open until 8:00pm on the first Friday of every month from April – December as part of the Downtown Asheville Art Walk.
Closed Tuesday, Sunday + Federal Holidays
There is metered street parking available in downtown Asheville that accepts coins or 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 Ave. or Walnut St. Downtown Asheville is small, and anywhere you park will be only a short walk from us.
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.
What does Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center have to offer you as a visitor?
BMCM+AC has two exhibitions at a time, one at 56 Broadway and and the other at 69 Broadway. Exhibitions usually center on a person or idea associated with Black Mountain College, and sometimes feature contemporary artists that are working in the spirit of BMC. To see what’s on view now, check out our exhibition info here.
BMCM+AC offers a dynamic schedule of lectures, presentations, poetry readings, panel discussions, and performances that are open to the public! Programming spans a variety of topics related to BMC and beyond. Find a schedule of upcoming events here.
BMCM+AC has several short films at 56 Broadway that provide context for the exhibitions and history of BMC. We also have two awesome libraries that are available to the public for research and study:
Research Library + Study Center at 56 Broadway featuring books, DVDs, and oral histories related to the history of BMC. There is a TV and computer available to make these materials more accessible.
Ronald R. Janssen Library + Study Center at 69 Broadway featuring books and journals related to the artists, writers and movements that grew out of BMC. This library is also a good place for group study and discussion.
For more research resources, check out this page.
BMCM+AC has an extensive collection of art work and ephemera from Black Mountain College. We usually have exhibition-related objects in the gallery to enhance your experience. If you would like to browse more of the collection, we have selections available here.
Photography is welcome without flash. Please do not reproduce, distribute, or sell your photographs without permission from BMCM+AC.
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.” Further parking options are available on this page under ‘Hours + Location.’
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 so that we can give you the best experience!