Museums & Galleries
The High Country was historically isolated from the conveniences of city life. People here sustained homesteads through hard work, and learned to utilize what they harvested to create what they needed. Many of those arts and crafts developed long ago are still being produced by local artisans and craftspeople. In the heart of every town and hamlet here, you’ll find shops and co-ops, galleries and studios, and festivals as well as art supply outlets where you can watch demonstrations of authentic crafts and original artwork, sign up for a workshop or purchase a one-of-a-kind treasure as a gift, or for yourself.
Blue Ridge ArtSpace Gallery & Gift Shop
Watauga County Arts Council's home, the Blue Ridge ArtSpace, contains a gift shop offering local arts/crafts, four galleries, and classrooms filled with arts workshops, classes, music lessons, and Arty Parties.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
The Turchin Center is part of Appalachian State University and has seven art galleries of changing artworks. The galleries feature contemporary art from local, regional, national and international artists. Admission to the galleries is free. Art workshops are available for adults and children.
*NOTE: The gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday
Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Explore the beautiful campus of Appalachian State University and view the 11 winning sculptures of the nationally recognized Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. This annual exhibition highlights contemporary American sculpture in an outdoor setting. The sculptures change in May every year and complement the 40 other permanent sculptures on campus. TIP: Pick up a sculpture walking map inside the Turchin Center or visit rosensculpture.org to download a map.
Discover real fun in real mines! Gem mining, mine tours, gold panning, museums, gift shops and more! Just 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland. Open daily April-October.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens
Featuring a collection of North Carolina native plant material in an informal landscape design, for education and preservation.
See the Wrought Iron Gates made by Daniel Boone VI, a direct descendent of the great pioneer Daniel Boone.
Seasonal operation. Available for outdoor weddings.
Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc.
Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization located in Wilkes County, NC that is dedicated to the preservation of the rich history and heritage of Wilkes County.
Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. operates and maintains the Wilkes Heritage Museum, Old Wilkes Jail, and Robert Cleveland Log Home. All of these sites are museums open to the public Mon- Fri, 10am-4pm. Admission charged.
Doc & Merle Watson Folk Art Museum
The museum is a tribute to the life of Doc Watson.Â The museum has many of his possessions and memorabilia from his performances.Â Visits are by appointment only. Call to schedule a visit! For more information on Doc Watson Points of Interest, visit: https://highcountryhost.com/Doc-Watson-Points-of-Interest
Appalachian Mural Trail
Travel the Appalachian Mural Trail and view historical outdoor murals; great art telling the stories and showcasing the beauty of Appalachia.
Create your personal trail map for a mural adventure!
Original art that opens our hearts and lifts our spirits! The most established fine art gallery in the area celebrates over 30 years in business. Paintings, gliclees, photography, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, wood, glass, garden sculpture, musical Instruments and more by over 200 artists.
Workshops in painting, drawing, collage and expressive arts!
Owner, Toni Carlton prompts the gallery artists by Seasonal Group Exhibitions with Artist Receptions during the spring, summer, autumn and winter, including a Holiday Open House in late November.
In addition Individual Artist Exhibitions with Receptions are held periodically throughout the year which affords one an opportunity to meet and discuss the artist's work.
Painting workshops conducted by gallery artists are open to beginning or advanced artists and are held each week beginning in May and running through October. These workshops offer artistic expression in oil, acrylic, water color, mixed media collage, expressive and intuitive arts while creating community spirit and inspiration for artists including Toni Carlton.
Her contemporary paintings called ''Art Blessings'' are mixed media utilizing many different techniques and textures. Carlton combines calligraphic and Asian symbols through layers of collage, painting, writing and transfer images. She extends an invitation to visit Carlton Gallery where the ambiance is informal and inviting.
Visitors notice at once they are in a special place filled with community spirit, creative artists and good friends.
Jones House Cultural & Community Center
Located downtown, the 1908 Jones House is the cultural hub of Boone. Drop by daily (except Monday) for historic information on the town of Boone.
MAZIE JONES GALLERY Located in the Jones House, the rotating gallery features art from local artists and community groups. Artists receptions are held the first Friday of the month.
OLD TIME JAM Held every Thursday from 7:30-11pm, the jam is free and open to the public. Bring an instrument and join along or listen and observe.
CONCERT SERIES Indoor concerts are held in the cooler months. Check the website for dates,performers and tickets.
Summer concerts are held on the Jones House lawn every Friday at 5pm. Concerts are free, just bring a chair or blanket for seating. (Downtown parking is free after 5!)
Crossnore Weavers & Gallery
Watch hand weavers at work and see their fine textiles and wearables. Shop for fine crafts and art produced by local artisans.
All proceeds benefit the children of Crossnore School Inc. National Register of Historic Places. ''A Working Museum''
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum seeks to provide cultural enrichment to the High Country communities by promoting the arts and Southern Appalachian heritage and history through educational programs, exhibitions, activities, and permanent collections.
Childrens art programs are held weekly and open to the public. Adult art classes and guest speakers are held throughout the year.
The Museum is free to the public.