The aSHEville Museum is a women’s cultural museum committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world through its collection of intimate exhibits which range from historical to contemporary as well as global to local. The museum focuses primarily on giving women a voice and highlighting their accomplishments and experiences. They offer a variety of exhibits as well as a few rotating exhibits. Their core exhibits include Appalachian Women, 100 Years of Sexism in Advertising, and A History of Hysteria.

Photo courtesy of aSHEville Museum

Photo courtesy of aSHEville Museum

One of my particular favorites is the Appalachian Women exhibit which features Wilma Dykeman as its local heroine who is a writer of both fiction and non fiction as well as an environmentalist. The exhibit also offers for viewing their award winning video, “Forever Free”. Forever Free was created as a collaborative effort within Buncombe County to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and depicts the story of Sarah Gudger as she describes her experience as a slave in Buncombe County. This exhibit is one that I feel is very important in the preservation of Mountain culture specifically as it relates to the women of the mountains. As an Appalachian woman myself, I find it rooted in my own history and a definite must see for people visiting the area as well as those who call the mountains their home.

The aSHEville Museum offers a much needed take on history, current events, and local legends as it emphasizes the women who have shaped this world as well as the way society has regarded women throughout the world and how those views have changed throughout history. Apart from a women’s studies course in college, it is an educational experience unlikely to be found anywhere else and is just another reason why Asheville is known for it’s open-minded take on the people of this world.

aSHEville Museum

35 Wall Street

Asheville, NC 28801

aSHEville Museum

35 Wall Street

Asheville, NC 28801