September 19, 2020

North Carolina has entered Phase 2.5 of reopening, which allows museums to reopen at half capacity.

To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, we will reopen for timed, private, self-guided, pre-booked tours of the historic Smith-McDowell House and Western North Carolina exhibit rooms beginning on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

To tour the house or exhibit galleries, you are REQUIRED to pre-book tickets through our online ticket system or by calling 828-253-9231 or emailing [email protected].

All visitors, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks to enter the building.

Tours are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis Wednesday – Saturday at 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, and 3:00 PM. Tour reservations last for 1 hour to allow time for cleaning between groups. Please arrive on time to ensure you have enough time to complete your tour. 

September 4, 2020
On Friday, September 4 at 5:00pm North Carolina will enter Phase 2.5 of reopening, which allows Museums to reopen at 50% capacity. The Smith-McDowell House Museum, however, will remain closed for at least two more weeks to ensure that we can safely reopen for visitation.

May 22, 2020
Phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-part plan to gradually ease coronavirus restrictions in North Carolina went into effect at 5:oopm on May 22, 2020 and will be in effect for at least 5 weeks. Phase 2 does not allow museums to reopen. As such, we will be closed to the public at least through June 26. Please continue to check this page for updates.

March 14, 2020
The Smith-McDowell House Museum is temporarily closed. Our Fernihurst Dinner on Thursday, April 2 has been canceled. Updates, when available, will be made to this page.