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!
What to Expect
Masks are required for all visitors 5 years of age and older, regardless of vaccination status. There are currently no capacity restrictions but social distancing is encouraged.
We will continue to offer online and hybrid events into the future, bringing BMC to you wherever you are in the world!
If you have any questions regarding our new guidelines or would like more information to help you plan your visit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours + Locations
Hours of Operation: 11am – 5pm Monday through Saturday
BMCM+AC closes to the public on federal holidays and between exhibitions – visit our Exhibitions Page for dates.
BMCM+AC is located in downtown Asheville at 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.
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 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 email@example.com or (828) 350-8484.
For more access information, including images and details on what to expect during your visit, please see our Social Guide to BMCM+AC
To schedule a tour of BMCM+AC or get more information on our in-person and virtual options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We advise advanced notice of three weeks or more in order to give you the best experience. Tours will be limited within COVID 19 policy guidelines.
BMC Campus Tours at Lake Eden:
We are excited to partner with Lake Eden Preserve to offer regular walking tours of the Black Mountain College campus at Lake Eden. These one-hours tour cover the historic lower campus buildings including The Dining Hall, Lodges, The Quiet House, and The Studies Building as well as the iconic and recently conserved frescos painted by Jean Charlot and BMC students in the summer of 1944. The cost is $15/person, free for kids 16 and under. Groups of 5 or more please inquire about a group rate. Payment must be made in advance to reserve a spot. Limited to 20 participants. Planning ahead? Get in touch for more information on upcoming tour dates. Directions will be provided after registration and payment.
For overnight visits, please see Explore Asheville for more information on accommodations and the wide array of restaurants and activities available during your stay.
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.
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.