Take a trip back in time! As the Asheville area’s primary general history museum, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center hosts traveling exhibits on a range of historical topics. We also interpret the story of the settlement and development of Western North Carolina in our permanent exhibit – Pathways from the Past. Interactive, hands-on exhibit stations make a visit to the Museum fun for the the whole family! Open Seasonally Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm. Admission is free with donations kindly accepted.
The Museum is located in the historic Black Mountain Firehouse, designed and built in 1921 by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect of the Biltmore Estate. We offer hikes and events throughout the year, including two popular monthly historic hiking series as well as a monthly lecture series, a summer film series, a book club, and several historic walking tours.Other regional excursions include an annual caravan along the Old Mount Mitchell Toll Road and a historic haunted house tour. For more information about Museum events visit: www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org/