Visiting an amazing town like Asheville you realize that you just can’t see it all at once. It may take a few trips to get in all of the things you would like to do. For the first trip, you will most likely do the activities and eat at the restaurants that are your top choices first. We at Orchard Inn love helping our guests get the most out of each trip to our area. One activity that you should consider any time you come to the Western North Carolina mountains, we highly suggest that you plan a trip to one of the many Asheville museums that are in the area. Let’s have a look at 4 of these Asheville museums and how each of them offers a bit of the history of Asheville.
As you can see by the name, this isn’t an ordinary Asheville museum. The aSHEville Museum is a place where visitors can see art, stories, and culture through the eyes of women and girls. They have a few core exhibits that include, Appalachian Women and 100 Years of Sexism in Advertising. They also have rotating exhibits as well. At this time those include, A Day in Her Life, (DIS) placed, Stitches in Time, and many others. When you plan a visit, be sure to have a look at their calendar as they have events and lectures going on as well. The aSHEville Museum is located on Wall Street and is convenient to other restaurants and activities. Admission is free for those 13 and under and a they have a recommended contribution of $5 to $15 per person for adults. Be sure to like them on Facebook to learn more.
Colburn Earth Science Museum
For those of us who like our museums to be a little more hands-on, of the Asheville museums, the Colburn Earth Science Museum is for you. Located in Pack Place, the Colburn Earth Science Museum is filled with so many interesting displays. Tickets are a bargain at $6.50 per adult and children 6 and under are free. Some of the exhibits they feature include fossils (always a favorite), a Hall of Minerals which include over 4,500 different specimens. History of North Carolina mining is also featured at this Asheville museum and also a display about weather and climate. Before you go, have a look at their calendar and see what kind of events they have going on during your visit.
Asheville Art Museum
This art museum was founded in 1948 and since then they have been known to always have interesting and exciting art exhibits for locals and visitors to enjoy. The curators at the Asheville Art Museum have prided themselves in having an outstanding collection of modern 20th and 21st-century art, especially when it comes to local culture.Their rotating collections offer a different insight to art and presently include, William Wegman: Cubism and Other-isms, Somewhere Between Here and There: Cathryn Griffin, Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters, and more. Before you leave, be sure to have a stop at their gift shop to find an amazing souvenir from this art museum
The Smith-McDowell House Museum
One of the best things about being in the Western North Carolina mountains, and visiting Asheville museums, is that you will have the opportunity to explore a historic home. If you are looking to learn some of our history, we highly recommend that you visit The Smith-McDowell House Museum. This museum is a lot of fun and is Asheville’s oldest surviving dwelling as it was built in the Antebellum era. Their permanent exhibit features all about the land, the house, and the people that were living there in the 1800’s. You will learn about the Native Americans as well who lived in the area. They have many artifacts from that time and the staff is on hand to answer any question you have.
As you can see, there is a lot of history and culture when it comes to the Western North Carolina mountains. These types of activities are just one kind of the many that are available in the area. When you do consider coming to one of these Asheville museums, think about booking a room with us at The Orchard Inn. Our B&B is historic as well and we would love to share those stories with you. We have rooms inside the main house or a few cottages as well for those who like a bit of extra space. Each morning we have a bountiful breakfast in our main house made fresh daily by our chefs. Contact us today and start planning your next Asheville vacation.
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