Work is Underway on the New Asheville Art Museum!

The Asheville Art Museum was founded in 1948, and we’ve had many wonderful years of growth. But it is time to update inside and out, to build on our past and move forward so that we may thrive far into the 21st century.

You will see big changes in the Museum building through 2018 as we undergo a major expansion and renovation project right in the heart of downtown Asheville. And when construction is complete and the new Museum opens, you will see fresh approaches, collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and outreach to invite our whole community in – and extend the Museum across our mountain region.

We are not “closed”! While our 2 S. Pack Square building is under construction, we have moved to a temporary pop-up location Asheville Art Museum On the Slope at 175 Biltmore Avenue, which houses a Museum Shop, an exhibition gallery and an education studio. We also have exhibitions and programs popping up throughout the WNC community!


A Need for Transformation

In the Museum’s pre-construction space, only 3% of the Permanent Collection could be on exhibition at any given time.

Read more about the need for transformation…


About the New Museum Building Project

Utilizing the current building footprint of the Museum, this environmentally friendly project includes the historic preservation of the Museum’s current North Wing (the 1926 Pack Library Building), renovation of existing Museum spaces and new construction to transform current disparate spaces into a new cohesive, coherent and inviting Museum.

Read more about the building project …

This “fly-through” animation video shows features of the New Asheville Art Museum.


Project Team

Read about our Project Team in our Project Team Spotlight Series.


The Construction Process

PHOTOS: Visit our Facebook gallery to see photos as the construction project continues. We will keep adding new ones!

TIME LAPSE: Below is a brief time lapse video of some of the demolition work that occurred at 2 S. Pack Square in the summer of 2017. The time lapse camera will be capturing the entire construction process as the New Asheville Art Museum is built!


Schedule and Plan

The Museum’s expansion and renovation project consists of different carefully planned phases: renovation/preservation of the North Wing (Pack Memorial Library building); demolition work on the Museum’s East Wing and “core”; and the construction of the new building and glass façade.

Read more about the construction schedule…


How is the Asheville Art Museum Paying for the Expansion?

The Art WORKS for Asheville Capital Campaign has been very successful due to the generosity of our Trustees, close supporters, government, foundation and corporate supporters from within Buncombe County, North Carolina and nationally.

Read more about our Capital Campaign effort…


 Quick Facts


Get Involved

Join us and become a part of this exciting transformation! The Museum Staff and Board of Trustees want to hear from you. There are many ways that you can become involved and be a part of this extraordinary community endeavor. Give us a call at 828.253.3227, ext. 114 to connect.