The AVMRC has two free open house’s every week that have been enjoyed by grandparents and grandchildren, as well as kids of all ages for over 2 decades. We offer two operating model RR’s with our inside HO scale layout having 2,000 feet of track. Our new outside layout is a larger G scale. Kids can run a Thomas or Emily train while there. Additionally, we have many historic pictures and items about railroads on display. Admission is free!
Galleries & Museums
Art galleries located in Asheville, NC. This gallery guide features art galleries in Asheville and the Western North Carolina area and offer a variety of fine art.
American Folk Art & Framing is a small gallery, tucked on the edge of downtown Asheville representing 60 artists and 20 potters. It opened in 2001 and has been an important core to the Asheville art community ever since.
The Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center collects and preserves artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national, and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present. Regardless of the day you visit, we offer a great selection of permanent and traveling exhibits to help you learn about mountain life and culture, and see how our region has changed over time.
Gallery of the Mountains showcases American handmade crafts by more than 100 artists and craftspeople from the Southern Appalachian region. Shop curated collections of artisan-made clothing, jewelry, pottery, glass and more, and discover unique handcrafted gifts and holiday must-haves. The gallery is located in the Sammons Wing of The Omni Grove Park Inn. Be sure to visit their sister shop, Grovewood Gallery, located just across the street in historic Grovewood Village.
For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville’s Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.
Downtown across from Pack Square, Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center houses Three Centuries of Pack Square, and is the home for the Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
“A must see” when visiting Asheville, NC.
Through exhibits and videos you’ll learn about legendary “Stream Blazers,” the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast. Children will enjoy the ‘Kids Corner’ with scavenger hunt games, books, Backyard Safari Creature Peepers and toy bugs to examine.
If you are planning a visit to the Asheville area for the color season, you might want to plan a visit to the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Built circa 1840 by James McConnell Smith, the Smith McDowell House is Asheville’s oldest surviving house and the oldest brick house in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Small admission fee.
Located in historic Grovewood Village adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Gallery offers two expansive floors of finely crafted furniture, ceramics, jewelry and more, contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States. The gallery also boasts an outdoor sculpture garden and presents rotating exhibitions and local artist demonstrations throughout the year. Learn more at grovewood.com.
Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Folk Art Center is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, representing craft artists fromSouthern Appalachia. The Allanstand Craft Shop carries the work of over 300 of these guild members. Open: Jan-March 9am-5pm daily; April-Dec 9am-6pm daily.
“The unusual on a grand scale!” For more than 20 years now we have been a destination antique shop in Asheville, North Carolina. Our shop near Biltmore Village and the Biltmore Estate offers over 25,000 square feet of antiques, fine art, and decorative arts, both French and American, as well as specialized collections of Southern furniture, pottery, folk art, and African art. We have items from six continents and over 40 countries. We also are seeking quality estates for purchase.
As the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum, its collection and programs are the only such resources available to the diverse communities in the region. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Museum is pleased to offer free admission from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
One of Asheville’s premier art galleries featuring contemporary fine art and craft by artists of the Southeastern United States.
asheville’s premier luxury jeweler for over two decades, offering one-of-a-kind pieces in susan west’s iconic, modern designs.
we proudly offer two locations: our flagship location and design studio at 1 swan street in historic biltmore village, and our downtown location at 1 battery park avenue at the corner of the historic flat iron building.
Located in Pack Place, the heart of Asheville’s thriving downtown cultural area, Colburn Earth Science Museum ignites imagination, enhances science capability, and unlocks innovation. For more than 50 years, the Colburn Museum has fostered an appreciation for the Earth and its resources and environments through its exhibits, educational programming, and the care of its collection.
Lost objects, found treasures. A very special gift shop. An old attic of a place where you can discover objects of beauty or find treasures that have been given new life through creativity and, ocassionally, a [smallish] glass of vino blanco.