The Swannanoa Valley Museum is the largest membership organization in eastern Buncombe County, with more than 700 members, who all contribute to helping the Museum continue to operate in the black, (which we have done since we opened in 1989). Members receive email notices of monthly events, discounts on programs and events, and the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting Buncombe County’s primary museum of general history.

Annual memberships are on a rolling basis, with renewals due one year from the date of joining. Museum memberships make excellent gifts for those who love history and heritage and appreciate it being preserved.

The Swannanoa Valley Museum is a 501c3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible.

Benefits of Membership in the Swannanoa Valley Museum

The Swannanoa Valley Museum offers a variety of membership options to fit all budgets.

Student* – ($25), Senior – ($30), Individual – ($35), and Family – ($55):
• Free admission to the Museum
• Monthly e-newsletter
• 10% discount at the Museum shop
• Discounts on special events, Free This is Home: WNC, Past and Present events
• The gratification of helping to preserve the rich heritage of this area for future generations.
* Students must have a valid student ID and be under 26 years of age. Seniors must be 60 and over.

Student Membership


Senior Membership


  Individual Membership


Family Membership



Booster Membership

$100—All of the benefits of Individual and Household membership plus free admission to our History Cafes. 

Sponsor Membership

$250—all of the benefits of a Booster membership plus free admission to our History Cafes and Appalachian Experience Series.

Trailblazer Membership

$500—All of the benefits of an family membership, booster membership, and sponsor membership plus a tile on our History Wall in the museum.

Grey Eagle Membership

$1000 and above—All the benefits of a Trailblazer membership plus a 4×8 granite brick with 3 lines of text to be placed in our Valley in the Alley exhibit.



We thank you for your membership and support of our museum, where the rich history of this area is being collected, preserved and interpreted. Your annual membership donation may be tax deductible.