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6 Must-Visit Museums Near Wander Asheville Meadows

 Natalie profile picture NatalieMay 10, 2024

You can't talk about Asheville without mentioning its vibrant arts scene. Apart from the city's local breweries and dining spots, you won't want to miss out on these museums, art centers, and galleries, handpicked just for you!

Asheville Art Museum 

Asheville Art Museum

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  • Distance from Wander Asheville: 8.3 miles 

  • Location: 2 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801

  • Hours:  11AM-6PM Wednesday- Monday; Closed Tuesday 

  • Phone:(828) 253-3227

  • Website: https://www.ashevilleart.org/ 

Take a journey through the history of the South with Asheville Art Museum’s 7,000+ works. This museum has been a popular spot showcasing American art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The museum also regularly hosts art programs for all ages. For more info on ticket pricing, parking, and events, be sure to visit their website.

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center 

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Buy some new decor for your home or just come watch craftsmen at work. Either way, this place offers a unique North Carolina experience featuring handmade crafts.

Events include craft demos, craft fairs, and educational presentations. Be sure to visit their website to get the latest schedule of the Craft Fair— a grand community event held a few times per year showcasing local crafts for sale, live music, and demos.

Asheville Pinball Museum 

Asheville Pinball Museum

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  • Distance from Wander Asheville: 8.7 miles

  • Location: 1 Battle Square Ste 1b, Asheville, NC 28801

  • Hours:  1PM-6PM Sunday & Monday; 2PM-9PM Wednesday-Friday: 12PM-9PM Saturday: Closed Tuesday 

  • Phone: (828) 776-5671

  • Website: https://ashevillepinball.com/ 

The Asheville Pinball Museum isn't your ordinary museum per se. It features an all-you-can-play arcade with over 35 pinball machines and classic video games, plus beer and soda.

The museum is on a first come, first served basis and accommodates 65 players at a time. Admission is only $15. Don’t worry big kids are welcome too! 

Lexington Glassworks

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  • Distance from Wander Asheville: 8.6 miles 

  • Location: 81 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

  • Hours:  10AM-6PM daily 

  • Phone: (828) 348-8427

  • Website: https://www.lexingtonglassworks.com/ 

Lexington Glassworks is a studio with an open door culture, meaning that they allow visitors to come and view the glassblowing process from start to finish. After watching the artists, you can head over to the gift shop and purchase unique, handmade gifts or accents for your home. 

Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center

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  • Distance from Wander Asheville: 8 miles

  • Location: 120 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

  • Hours:  11AM-5PM Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday 

  • Phone: (828) 350-8484

  • Website: https://blackmountaincollege.org/ 

This museum seeks to preserve the mid-20th century avant-garde art, music, and poetry that emerged from the Black Mountain College. You can read more about the history of Black Mountain College here.

While you're in Asheville, be on the lookout for special events hosted at the museum throughout the year. 

Asheville Museum of Science 

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  • Distance from Wander Asheville: 8.2 miles

  • Location: 43 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

  • Hours:  Sunday 1PM-5PM; Monday & Wednesday-Saturday 10AM-5PM; closed Tuesday 

  • Phone: (828) 254-7162

  • Website: https://ashevillescience.org/ 

Inside the Asheville Museum of Science, you’ll find its special gem and mineral collection, dinosaur skeletons, astronomy and climate virtual displays, among other intriguing exhibits.

This is one of the best museums you can bring your kids to because of its interactive and educational nature. General admission for ages 3 and up is $10 while children aged 2 and under are free. 

Asheville is a stunning vacation spot that offers the best of city and countryside life. You can get the best of both worlds at Wander Asheville Meadows, which is just a 20-minute drive from the city center!

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