At Asheville Museum of History, we interpret Western North Carolina’s past with permanent and changing exhibits, guided tours, and a variety of programs for youth and adults.




Smith-McDowell House
283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
(on the campus of A-B Tech)

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Wednesday – Saturday
11:00am – 5:00pm

For large group tours, please contact We may also be able to accommodate your group outside of our regular operating hours.


Museum Members: Free
A-B Tech Students: Free
Adult: $5.00
Student (ages 7-17): $2.00
6 & under: Free

Military and WNC college students receive 50% discount.


Residents of Western North Carolina – Join us for WNC Wednesdays for FREE admission. Show your ID at check-in to redeem.


We have five gallery spaces with permanent and special exhibits covering thousands of years of Western North Carolina history. 

COMING SOON – Book a 45-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Smith-McDowell House. Walk through rooms recreated to reflect the lives and times of former occupants of this historic home.

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Just a few miles north of George Vanderbilt’s grand Biltmore Estate is a different kind of mansion–one that was nearly 50 years old when Vanderbilt’s crew began construction in 1895. This house is now home to Asheville Museum of History.

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Located in a historic home, the first floor of the museum is ADA accessible and contains our permanent and changing exhibits. Our behind-the-scenes tours require climbing stairs.

After parking, follow the signs to the ADA accessible entrance at the rear of the house.

Coming Soon – Scan a QR code to follow a narrated audio tour of the museum exhibit.