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Museums and Attractions

History in Downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville museums and attractions offer something for everyone, whether you seek art museums and historic churches or literary attractions and a children's museum. Here is just a sampling of the enticing and interesting museums and attractions in downtown Asheville.

Downtown Museums and Attractions

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  • Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center is a must-see for visitors, where you can find various museums and attractions all in one spot in the heart of downtown Asheville. It houses the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum and the Diana Wortham Theatre. A few steps away is the YMI Cultural Center, featuring exhibits on African American life in Western North Carolina.
  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site is the novelist's boyhood home and setting for his 1929 novel "Look Homeward, Angel." In the nearby Montford Historic District, you can visit Riverside Cemetery, the final resting place for Wolfe and O. Henry.
  • Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is an exhibition space and resource center dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world's most acclaimed experimental educational community, Black Mountain College.
  • Grove Arcade is one of Western North Carolina's most historic buildings. Now converted into a modern shopping arcade, it features local crafts, boutiques, fresh food and an array of restaurants representing the area's distinct mountain heritage.
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence, completed in 1909, is one of Asheville's architectural treasures and spiritual anchors. Designed by Rafael Gustavino and Richard Sharpe Smith, renowned architects on the Biltmore House, this Catholic church has the largest freestanding elliptical dome in the country.

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Asheville Art Museum

  • 2 South Pack Square
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-253-3227
  • Region: Downtown

Be inspired by world-class special exhibitions and the Asheville Art Museum's outstanding collection, showcasing the very best of 20th and 21st century American art and the cultural heritage and contemporary art of Western North Carolina. The …more

Asheville Ghost Trolley

  • 36 Montford Avenue
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 681-8585
  • Region: Downtown

You’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat as we weave through the most haunted mountains in the country. Enjoy Asheville’s most popular ghost tour - a 60-90 minute thrilling adventure created by best selling author, Joshua P. Warren. …more

Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts

  • 70 Court Plaza
  • 4th Floor
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: 828-259-5800
  • Region: Downtown

More than 50 parks offering golf, swimming, tennis, skateboarding, roller hockey, climbing wall, nature center, playgrounds, basketball, community centers, ballfields, picnic shelters, trails and much more. …more

Asheville Pinball Museum

  • 1 Battle Square
  • Suite 1A
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 776-5671
  • Region: Downtown

We are a pinball museum located in downtown Asheville, NC. We have over 25 pinball machines that you can play as often as you'd like for one set price! The Asheville Pinball Museum offers snacks, sodas and beer. We're open 7 days a week. …more

Asheville Tourists Baseball Club

  • 30 Buchanan Field
  • Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 258-0428
  • Region: Downtown

The Asheville Tourists are a single-A minor league baseball team that competes in the 16-team South Atlantic League. The Tourists are currently affiliated with the major league team, Colorado Rockies.

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