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Swannanoa Valley Museum

223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711-3408
+1 828-669-9566
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Great small museum!

We had a terrific time visiting the museum. It is in the town's old fire house and has two... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
aecsmith83
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Black Mountain, North Carolina
A Tiny Museum Well Worth a Visit!

We recently had a chance to visit this museum to see the excellent exhibit on the builder and... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2017
Naturelover212
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Swannanoa Valley Museum has served the western North Carolina community since 1989 as Buncombe County's primary museum of general local history. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Seasonally - Open by appointment only in winter.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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223 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711-3408
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We had a terrific time visiting the museum. It is in the town's old fire house and has two galleries - one with changing exhibits that featured an exhibit from Boston on Rafael Guastavino who built the Boston Public Library, Ellis Island, and the Biltmore...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We recently had a chance to visit this museum to see the excellent exhibit on the builder and architect, Rafael Guastavino entitled "Palaces for the People" who spent his last years in Black Mountain before he died. The entire first floor was taken over by...More

1  Thank Naturelover212
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Worth the stop if you're in town. Museum is free, although they have a box when you walk in for a suggested $5 donation. When we were here, there was an exhibit on Rafael Guastavino, who was a Spanish architect and builder that created tile...More

2  Thank CharismaJ2
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went on a Thursday morning at opening time and had the museum to ourselves. The docent provided an excellent introduction to the museum. We saw the Raphael Gaustavino tile arch temporary exhibit and the permanent collection. Fascinating!

1  Thank Frank E
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Our senior group made this a stop on our way out of Asheville. We found it to be a quaint local museum with very knowledgeable staff. The exhibits of how the area came about by way of railway were very interesting. It's worth a visit.

1  Thank brethol
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

This is a cute and tiny museum that exhibits a bit of ocal history. However the highlight was the visiting Guastavino exhibit that was very interetsing. I have live din NYC and Boston and was not aware how many of the beautiful public buildings were...More

1  Thank ZenHealer7
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

One of the most important pieces of any puzzle is a local historian and I did find the lady that worked there to be knowledgeable. As a designer, I have a particular interest in Guastavino tiles and enjoyed the exhibit that has been running there....More

1  Thank Sheryl G
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

This museum was a pleasant surprise. It was extremely interesting to examine the old tools. This reminded me of the stories my parents and grandparents spoke of using in the so-called good ole days.

1  Thank Russell B
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Dropped in here as we usually visit local museums and this one is very well executed and very professional, especially for the size of the town. I was fascinated with the Guastavino presentation, I learned a lot about this architect. Went to the local Christmount...More

Thank Vincent R
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Located in the old Black Mountain fire station, the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center presents exhibits on local history, the environment, and traditional culture. Its current special exhibit on the architect Rafael Guastavino offers an enlightening look into his developments in early twentieth-century public...More

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