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

 Hours of Operation: 11 AM – 5 PM Tuesday 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. 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 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 Coordinator, Kira Houston, at 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

Guided Museum Tours:

To schedule a guided tour of BMCM+AC or get more information on our in-person and virtual options, please contact We advise advanced notice of three weeks or more in order to give you the best experience.

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 in the Fall and Spring. These two-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 for walking tours is $20/person, free for kids 16 and under. Payment must be made in advance to reserve a spot. Limited to 20 participants. Get tickets here.


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