Now – December 8, 2018: Black Mountain College & Black Mountain, NC: Where ‘Town’ Meets ‘Gown’
We reopened on Saturday, April 14th with a brand-new exhibition, which seeks to dispel the myth that the college rarely interacted with the surrounding community. Put together in partnership with Appalachian State University, this exhibition features elements from the university’s Black Mountain College semester as well as from the Turchin Center for Visual Arts in Boone. Click here for more information.


Ongoing: Pathways from the Past: The Swannanoa Valley through Time
The Swannanoa Valley has been a pathway for animals and humans for more than 12,000 years as they crossed the Blue Ridge over the Catawba River headwaters or through the Swannanoa Gap. It was one of the main routes taken by frontiersmen and pioneers making their way west. Our permanent exhibit follows these pathways through time as it winds through our second floor gallery.


Now Open: Hands on History, a permanent part of our Pathways exhibit.
Bring the kids to experience history in an hands-on way. Type on a typewriter, dial home on a rotary phone, and dig for Native American artifacts.

Pick up a brochure at the front desk to and get your hands on history with Rascal the Raccoon. He’ll take you around to show you how to use some of his favorite artifacts, so you can learn a lot about the history of the Swannanoa Valley!


A Timeline of Women’s History in the Swannanoa Valley
Women of every description have inhabited the Swannanoa Valley since the Cherokee claimed this land as hunting ground. In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and take the opportunity to especially tell the stories of the women who shaped the history of our Valley as we know it today. Follow along to learn more about just a few of the amazing women who made their mark on the Swannanoa Valley.



2017 – Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces
From 1882 to 1943, in 31 states and 6 countries, Rafael Guastavino and his son created more than 600 unique tile domes and vaultings that met his criteria of health, safety, and beauty. This exhibition is about his life and works that opened to great acclaim in Boston, moved to Washington, D. C., and New York City, and will open in the celebrated little town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, location of Guastavino’s former estate.

2016 – Edward L. DuPuy’s Artisans of the Appalachians
From the 1950s until the 1980s, Ed DuPuy made a living photographing  special events, real estate, and commercial subjects, but he would also capture everyday life and landscapes around Black Mountain out of pure interest. He taught classes at Black Mountain College, was a dedicated member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and published a book, Artisans of the Appalachians, about regional craftsmakers. Never before seen photographs of the artisans featured in the publication are exhibited here.

2014 – Moonshine in the Mountains
Contrary to the stereotype of the lazy, drunken moonshiner, many supported their families and community by paying taxes, mortgage, and store bills – even starting businesses – from the revenue their liquor produced. Bootleggers in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s took to racing cars packed with moonshine through the night to avoid local police. Their mechanical skills developed as they learned to increase the horsepower of their vehicles to outrun the authorities. This created a culture of car lovers in the US that eventually grew into the popular NASCAR racing series.