Plan Your Visit

Since 1948, the Asheville Art Museum has welcomed visitors from Western North Carolina, the Southeast, and around the country and world to explore American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Until further notice, the Museum is instituting temporary COVID-19 safety precautions that are in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, the Buncombe County Department of Health, and the City of Asheville. The Museum continues to monitor federal, state, and local guidance, and will reevaluate policies as needed and post updates here.

Please come back to visit another time if you or any member of your group:

  • has cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms
  • has recently been in contact with another person who is suspected to have, or tested positive for, COVID-19.

By visiting the Museum, you:

  • acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk of being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by visiting the Museum and/or participating in programs at the Museum, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death.
  • accept such risks and volunteer to visit and/or participate with full understanding of the dangers involved. By visiting the Museum and/or participating in programs at the Museum, you waive and release the Museum, its employees, agents, officers, and representatives from any and all claims, costs, liability, and expense for any injury, loss, or damage whether known, anticipated, or unanticipated arising from your voluntary visit and/or program participation.

Visiting the Museum

Hours

Holiday Hours: The Museum will be open 11am–4pm on December 24 and 31 and closed on December 25 and January 1.

  • Monday 11am–6pm
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 11am–6pm
  • Thursday 11am–9pm
  • Friday 11am–6pm
  • Saturday 11am–6pm
  • Sunday 11am–6pm

The Museum Store, Perspective Café, and Wells Fargo Art PLAYce, our intergenerational makerspace, are open during Museum hours. The Frances Mulhall Achilles Art Library is temporarily closed.

Reserve Your Tickets

Face coverings are required at all times throughout the Museum for staff and visitors aged 3 and older. Overall capacity is limited to allow for safe social distancing. Pre-purchased online tickets are encouraged for a contactless experience; walk-in tickets are also available. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are released on the 15th of each month.

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ADMISSION

  • Always free for Museum Members, UNC Asheville students, active-duty military personnel with valid ID, and children under 6
  • $15 general admission (plus tax)
  • $13 adult discounted admission (senior 65+) (plus tax)
  • $10 student discounted admission (child 6–17, degree-seeking college students with valid ID) (plus tax)

Visiting with a group? Click here to book a self-guided or guided tour.

We invite you to use our new smARTguide in the galleries during your visit. We also offer many opportunities to engage with us with small-group, in-person programs, virtual programs.

CALENDAR

COVID-19 PROTOCOL

  • Wear a Face Covering:  Face coverings are required at all times throughout the Museum for staff and visitors aged 3 and older. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth, and be secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the face or wrapped around the lower face. Surgical masks are available for purchase at the Welcome Desk for visitors who do not bring their own.
  • Maintain Social Distance:  Walk, wait, and sit with at least 6 feet between individuals or groups. Follow suggested one-way traffic patterns in atrium, galleries, stairs, and elevators.
  • Wash Hands Early and Often:  Restrooms with personal hygiene guidance and multiple hand-sanitizing stations are available on each level. Wash or sanitize hands when you arrive.
  • Limit Group Size:  Small groups may visit together. For larger groups, please see our tour options for adults and for students.
  • Guide Children:  Guidance for families visiting with children is available at the welcome desk or by clicking here.

For Your Safety

  • The Museum’s main entrance doors and restroom sinks/toilets are touchless.
  • Touchless payment options and hygiene shields are installed at the welcome desk, in the Museum Store, and in Perspective Café. Cash and checks are temporarily not accepted.
  • Enhanced sanitation protocols are in effect for all areas of the Museum.
  • The Museum’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems are optimized with filtration above the Center for Disease Control’s and ASHRAE’s COVID-19 recommendations. Air is exchanged several times per hour in all publicly accessible spaces.

Other Information

Parking

The Museum does not have its own parking facility. There are several parking decks nearby, as well as metered and free street parking. For real-time information about city parking decks, click here. For general city street and lot parking information, click here. For additional daily parking lots, click here for Preferred Parking lots or click here for The Car Park lots. There are two accessible parking spaces on Pack Square, and two just south of Pack Square on Biltmore Avenue.

Visitor Guidelines

Help us conserve original artworks for future generations by not touching any objects in the galleries.

  • Maintain a distance of at least 12 inches from artworks.
  • Sketching or note-taking is allowed in the galleries with pencils.
  • Backpacks and large bags are not permitted. Handbags must be smaller than 11 × 15 inches and carried on the front of your person to ensure safe distancing from artworks. Limited self-check is available. The Museum is not responsible for theft or damage of personal items.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the Museum except in designated areas.
  • Be respectful of Museum spaces and fellow visitors by limiting phone conversations to our atrium or sculpture terrace. Free WiFi is available; inquire at the welcome desk or café counter.

Group Tours and Virtual Visits

Groups of students, adults, and family or friend groups with children are invited to engage with the Museum! Led by volunteer docents with Museum staff, our inquiry-based, conversational small-group tours and Virtual Visits introduce the Museum’s galleries and challenge visitors to hone their observation skills. Click to learn more about small-group tours for pre-K–12 students, guided tours for college students or adults, self-guided tours for college students or adults, self-guided tours for pre-K–12 students, Virtual Visits for pre-K–12 students, or Virtual Visits for college students or adults.

Accessibility

Click here for complete information about accessibility.

Membership

Museum Members enjoy a variety of exciting benefits including unlimited free general admission to the Museum, the rooftop sculpture terrace, and Perspective Café, as well as discounts in the café and Museum Store. Click here to join or renew online or at the welcome desk.

Facility Rental

The Museum is a stunning, state-of-the-art venue to host unique business meetings, weddings, rehearsal dinners, conferences, or other events. Click here to learn more.

Photography

Except where noted, still photography is permitted for private, noncommercial use only. The use of flash, video cameras, tripods, and selfie sticks is not permitted. Click here to read our full photography policy.

Smile! We may be at work documenting Museum activities for educational and promotional materials.

Help Us Transform Lives Through Art

As a friend of the arts and the Museum, your support is more important than ever. We need your help to continue serving as a source of knowledge and inspiration during these uncertain times. If you’re able, please consider supporting the Museum through a donation; by becoming a Museum Member, renewing your membership early, or upgrading your current membership; or by shopping or purchasing a gift card in the Museum Store. Your involvement is essential, now and in the future. Thank you, and stay well!

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