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Asheville Museum of History Nominated for Best Museum

Asheville Museum of History is thrilled to be nominated for the 2024 Best of Asheville Contest for ‘Best Museum’!

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Support Our Mission

We preserve and promote the history and legacy of Western North Carolina through interpretation, education, collection, and collaboration.
To support our mission, donate or become a member today!


Programs and Events

Asheville Museum of History is committed to providing quality, engaging, and inclusive programs for the public. We offer a number of events every month, including lectures, tours, and hikes. View our calendar of in-person and virtual events and register by clicking the button below.

Our Region

Western North Carolina is defined as much by the various chains and valleys within the Appalachian Mountains as it is by the people here. The region contains large swaths of state and national forest lands and parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. It contains old rivers and old folkways, along with an increasingly large stream of transplants and visitors. 


Contact Us

Visit us at the Smith-McDowell House on the campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical College.

283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801


Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility


We honor and celebrate the ancestors who came before us, the original inhabitants of the land now known as the western portion of North Carolina. We honor and celebrate the many cultures that existed on this land when Europeans first arrived, and we acknowledge the thousands of people who lost their lives and their land. We honor and celebrate the present-day Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and all indigenous peoples of Western North Carolina.

Adopted Board of Trustees, May 19, 2021

As Long as the grass…


We stand against inequity, injustice, and racism. We acknowledge and support the positive role that recent protests have played in opening the door to real and necessary change.

As an organization rooted in the interpretation of our regional history, we also recognize that there is an ongoing need to better represent the diversity of voices that have shaped – and will shape – Western North Carolina. In a region that has been influenced by and benefited from the contributions of these diverse voices, the Western North Carolina Historical Association must equitably reflect our heritage, history, and aspirations.

We pledge to do that. Beginning immediately, we will re-evaluate how we operate.


Moving forward, we are committed to doing the work to become an inclusive organization in all aspects of our operations. That includes our collections, exhibitions, and programs, not only at our museum, but also in our comprehensive mission of education.

It includes our leadership and membership. Over the coming months, we will focus on developing a guiding document to help us intentionally and actively move towards this goal.

We are listening. We are learning. We are committed to doing the work to get there. As we embark on this journey, we will seek the involvement of our community, so together, we can reflect on the brilliant, rich and, yes, sometimes painful, history of Western North Carolina. Please join us.

Adopted Board of Trustees,

June 17, 2020




Midgard Foundation

Ralph Simpson & Mark Espy


Nancy & Tunc Togar, Togar Rugs

Catherine Brod

Warrene Williams


James Bradley
Shelley & Kirk Brown
Deborah (Dee) & Charles James
Michael McLaughlin &
Louis Carollo
Anna Rentz*


Asheville-Buncombe Tech
Carla & Stuart Bush
Jane & Daniel Falkenstein
Thomas E. Frank*
Carole & Cole Hedden
Carol & Stan Hubbard
Sandy V. Hutchens, Jr.*
Kieta Osteen-Cochrane
Sitework Studios –
Steven Lee Johnson
Sue Simpson & Genece Minshew*
Frances & Bill Smyth
Donna & Allan Tarleton
Kathryn & Dirk Wilmoth
*gift in honor of Ralph Simpson





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