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Although many are not aware of it, Asheville, NC, ranks 13th in the nation for art galleries. We also have some wonderful museums that feature local artists as well as national and international exhibits. No longer do you have to go to New York or Chicago to have the opportunity to experience wonderful art.

Galleries

Blue Spiral 1
38 Biltmore Avenue, Downtown 828-251-0202
One of Asheville's premier art galleries featuring contemporary fine art and craft by artists of the Southeastern United States.

blue goldsmiths
Two women in biltmore village are making jewelry the old fashioned way...one piece at a time. The two designers also offer the opportunity to collaborate with you to make a heirloom of your own design.....

The L.O.F.T.
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.(828)259-9303

Museums

The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum
Museum exhibits range from Atwater Kent, Philco, Silvertone, Edison phonographs, Crosley, Hammarlund, Harvey Wells, test instruments, spark gap transmitters, keys, ancient QSL cards and more! We also have an operating amateur radio station. Our staff are volunteers with an interest in radio history and electronics - the museum provides a wonderful opportunity to interest young folks in radio. Located at A-B Tech Com. College, In the Elm Buiding, Room 315 828-298-1847

Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center
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 to see when visiting Asheville, NC. 828-253-3227

Asheville Art Museum
Pack Place, Downtown 253-3227
The museum houses its own impressive permanent collection of 20th century American art while also frequently playing host to visiting collections from other prestigious museums. Allow an hour or more for a visit. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1-5pm. Fri. until 8pm in the summer.

Colburn Earth Science Museum
Pack Place, Downtown 254-7162
Explore the rich treasures of the earth at this museum called "a mini-Sithsonian of gems" by the Washington Post. Allow one to three hours for a visit. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm.

The Health Adventure
The Health Adventure is a health and science museum for children and today's families dedicated to improving health awareness, promoting wellness lifestyles, and increasing science literacy through programs and exhibits.
Address (physical): 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Address (mailing): PO Box 180, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 254-6373
Fax: (828) 257-4521
URL: www.thehealthadventure.org

YMI Cultural Center
The YMI Cultural Center is a community-based, non-profit organization which seeks to enhance the cultural and economic lives of residents of Western North Carolina, particularly minority and low-income people. The YMI Cultural Center focuses on three program areas: Cultural Arts, Economic Development, and Community Education. The YMI Cultural Center serves as an educational forum creating greater awareness of our cultural heritage and is a center of artistic expression vital to creating and sustaining a strong community. 39 South Market Street, Asheville NC, 28801 (828) 252-4614

Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville's First Mansion
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. 828-253-9231.More details

Folk Art Center
Blue Ridge Parkway 298-7928
The Center is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, representing craft artists from Southern Appalachia. The Allanstand Craft Shop carries the work of over 300 of these guild members. Upstairs the Folk Art Center offers a gallery which showcases changing exhibits of regional and national scope. Daily craft demonstrations April-December. Open daily 9am-6pm, Apr.-Dec.; 9am-5pm Jan.-Mar. Admission is free.
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Flat Rock Playhouse
Flat Rock, NC
The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina. Check the web site for schedule: www.flatrockplayhouse.org.



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