Asheville Museum of History is committed to providing quality, engaging, and inclusive programs for the public.

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Asheville Museum of History has five gallery spaces with permanent and temporary exhibits covering thousands of years of western North Carolina history. Some exhibits are available to view online. In the near future, visitors will be able purchase guided behind-the-scenes tours of the c1840 Smith-McDowell House and Grounds.

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View digital versions of past exhibits that have been on display in our museum. From “Doug Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect” to “Hillbilly Land: Myth & Reality of Appalachian Culture,” we offer virtual exhibits on a variety of topics.

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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. 

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Our past virtual programs are recorded and available to our members free of charge. Become a member today to receive the link to our past programs page.

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Follow along with our WNC History Column in the Asheville Citizen-Times as we explore the compelling stories of the people who came before us and helped shape our region.

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Wonder what was happening in Western North Carolina on this day in the past? Find out by following along with our “On this Day” feature here or on social media.

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Our storymaps can be viewed on your home computer or your phone. Many include driving directions to take you to the places in Western North Carolina where history happened.

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Our archival and object collections rotate on and off display in our permanent and changing exhibits as well as in behind-the-scenes guided tours of our historic house.

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Western North Carolina has a rich assortment of county historical societies, archives, and museums. We seek to help researchers, historians, genealogists, and the general public take full advantage of these resources.

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Learn more about the programs we offer for youth including traveling trunks on a variety of local historical topics that are freely available to check out for classroom use to museum tours tailored to grade-level curriculum. 

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