The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center is the primary museum of local history in Buncombe County. The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 - 5 from April - November and offers hikes and events year around. It is located 20 minutes from Asheville. Permanent exhibits chronicle the history of the area - known as the "front porch of western North Carolina" - from native culture and colonization up to the present day. Temporary changing exhibits highlight topics of regional and national interest and have included Guastavino tile domes, Black Mountain College, textile manufacturing, Appalachian music, arts and crafts traditions, and moonshine.
The Museum also offers many events each month that interpret the history of the area. Monthly history cafes and documentary film screenings explore regional culture and events. In addition, monthly hikes explore high, hidden, and historic places, and historic tours take people to places of interest throughout the region.