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. As we navigate the realities of life during this challenging time, we believe that art is more important than ever; it offers hope, comfort, and a window into other worlds. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and are taking steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
Starting September 9 and until further notice, the Museum is instituting the following 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.
This page will be updated frequently. Please check back before your visit.
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.
Visiting the Museum
- Monday 11am–6pm
- Tuesday CLOSED
- Wednesday 11am–6pm
- Thursday 11am–9pm
- Friday 11am–6pm
- Saturday 11am–6pm
- Sunday 11am–6pm
Reserve Your Tickets
The Museum’s galleries, the Museum Store, and Perspective Café will reopen for Museum Members starting September 9, 2020, and to the public starting September 12, 2020. The Wells Fargo Art PLAYce, our intergenerational makerspace, and the Frances Mulhall Achilles Art Library are temporarily closed.
Overall capacity is limited, and timed admission tickets are required to ensure safe attendance. Online ticketing is strongly encouraged; limited walk-in tickets may be available. Tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets are released in two-week blocks on the 1st and 15th of each month.
- Always free for Museum Members, UNC Asheville students, and children under 6
- $15 general admission
- $13 adult discounted admission (senior 65+)
- $10 student discounted admission (child 6–17, degree-seeking college students with valid ID)
- Free for military and immediate family with valid ID (Armed Services Day through Labor Day)
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. Masks are available for purchase in the Museum Store for visitors who do not bring their own.
Maintain Social Distance
Walk, wait, and sit with at least 6’ 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 of up to 10 people may visit together. We look forward to welcoming larger groups when it is safe to do so.
In accordance with county and city directives, beginning January 2, 2021 the Museum recommends limiting groups of non-household members visiting together to no more than two people.
We invite you to use our new smARTguide in the galleries. We offer many opportunities to engage with us with small-group, in-person programs, virtual programs, or through our Museum From Home initiative.
Guidance for families visiting with children is available at the welcome desk or by clicking the button below.
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.
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. There are two accessible parking spaces on Pack Square, and two just south of Pack Square on Biltmore Avenue.
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. 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.
- Limit phone conversations to our atrium, Perspective Café, or sculpture terrace. Free WiFi is available; inquire at the welcome desk or café counter.
Small-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 students, small-group tours for adults, Virtual Visits for students, Virtual Visits for adults, or Virtual Visits for families.
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 a 10% discount in the café and Museum Store. Click here to join or renew online or at the welcome desk.
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.
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.
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