Museums

Appalachian Pinball Museum

538 North Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-702-9277
 
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The Appalachian Pinball Museum has a collection of both vintage & contemporary pinball machines as well as video games.
  • Play all day for a flat fee.
  • Hours vary by season, call for details.
  • Closed Tuesdays.

 

 

Apple Valley Model Railroad Museum
Historic Depot

650 Maple Ave
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-890-8246
 
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The first steam engine puffed up the Saluda Grade to the Hendersonville Depot in 1879. The steam engine needed a “help engine” attached to the rear of the train at Melrose for additional power to push the train up the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States. The Carolina Special ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio from 1911 until 1968. The restored Depot houses a HO scale railroad layout that is highly detailed and is prototypical of Hendersonville, Saluda, Asheville, and Western North Carolina.  The Deport features historical artifacts, a Southern Railway cabooser and a special children’s exhibit where they can operate a Thomas the Tank train in a scenic layout. See the 10ft x 80 ft Garden “G” scale layout.

 

  • Open Wednesdays & Saturdays
  • Admission is free.
  • Donations appreciated
  • Check web site for hours

Hands On! Children’s Museum

318 N. Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-697-8333
 
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Hands On! Children’s Museum is a children’s museum located on Main Street in Hendersonville – it’s the place where LEARNING comes into PLAY.  Hands On! provides educational exhibits that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning. It is an affordable, educational and fun way to spend the day with your children, grandchildren, and students ages 1 – 10. Hands On! is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission charged.

 

Henderson County Heritage Museum

1 Historic Courthouse Square #4
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-694-1619
 
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Henderson County Heritage Museum is housed in the Historic Henderson County Courthouse on Main Street. It offers public displays, artifacts, lectures, collections, archives, libraries, demonstrations, a replica of a turn of the century county store and other similar exhibitions relating to the history, culture, heritage of Henderson County. The museum celebrates veterans of all wars, and has an Civil War Display.

  • Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm & Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00pm
  • Admission is Free

Historic Flat Rock Cultural Center Museum

118 Village Center Drive
Flat Rock, NC 28731
828-698-0030
 
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The Cultural Center of Historic Flat Rock is a museum and cultural center located in the “Old Flat Rock Post Office” building, operated by Historic Flat Rock, Inc. The Center contains relics of Flat Rock from locals and tourists, and has a lot of the original furniture from the post office as well as antique furniture manufactured in Flat Rock.

  • Open on Saturdays from 11am – 3pm, May – September
  • Call to schedule an appointment on other days
  • Closed October – April
  • Has space for meetings, lectures, book groups, and discussions

Historic Johnson Farm

3346 Haywood Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28791
828-891-6585
 
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Historic Johnson Farm is a fine example of a late 19th and early 20th century farm & tourist retreat. The entire structure was handmade from bricks that were fired on site from French Broad River mud. Over the years many outbuildings were constructed, including a tool shed/blacksmith shop, barn, boarding house, and a cottage. The property offers historic home tours, nature trails, picnic tables, animals and 10 historic structures on 15 acres filled with trees in a natural setting.

The Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists have transformed the boarding house into a fiber arts center, which includes weaving, rug hooking, bobbin lace, spinning or knitting.

Mineral & Lapidary Museum
of Henderson County

400 North Main St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-698-1977
 
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The Mineral & Lapidary Museum features the natural beauty of minerals, gems, fossils and artifacts found in North Carolina, in the United States and around the world. Displays include North Carolina minerals, dinosaur egg cluster, English minerals, fluorescent minerals, geodes, petrified wood & large logs, coral, artfully crafted jewelry, gem stones, Cullinan Diamond replicas and a Henderson County Meteorite, on loan from the Smithsonian, are featured displays. Gift shop is open daily. Geode cracking. Free admission!

  • Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm (Winter Hours: open Wednesday – Saturday).
  • Admission is free.
  • Located on the lower level of the Henderson County Genealogical & Historical Society building.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site

52 North Market St
Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-8304
 
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The Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site is the childhood home of author, Thomas Wolfe. Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. This historic site is devoted to interpreting the life, literature and times of Thomas Wolfe through the use of his mother’s boardinghouse and Look Homeward, Angel. Located 25 miles north of Hendersonville in downtown Asheville.

Hendersonville’s Oakdale Cemetery is the location of the statue that Thomas Wolfe made famous in his epic autobiographical novel,  Look Homeward Angel.

Open Tuesday – Saturday. House tours are offered daily at half past each hour for a small fee. Group tours available by reservation.

Western North Carolina Air Museum

1340 East Gilbert Street
Hendersonville, NC 28793
828-698-2482
 
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  • North Carolina’s first air museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the flying heritage of the Western North Carolina.
  • It features an impressive collection of restored, replica and vintage airplanes, models, engines, and flying memorabilia.
  • The museum is housed in two large hangers, where you will find passionate volunteer pilots that are eager to show you around. 
  • The museum is located adjacent to the Hendersonville Airport .
  • No admission charge.
  • Advance reservations for groups requested.

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace

911 Reems Creek Rd
Weaverville, NC 28787
828-645-6706
 
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Zebulon Baird Vance Birthplace is a State Historic Site. It preserves the pioneer farmstead where Vance, a Civil War officer, North Carolina Governor (1862-1865 and again 1877-1879), and United States Senator was born and raised. The Vance Birthplace is open for self-guided tours and is furnished with items from the period from 1790 to 1840. The farmstead is located approximately 35-miles north of Hendersonville in Weaverville, NC. Reservations are requested for group tours.

 

Open Tuesday – Saturday, closed most major holidays. Admission is free.