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Delightful Art Center

I called ahead and requested a guide for our group of 12. Judy was knowledgeable and friendly. We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
kind of a high end art gallery, nicely laid out

Had a wide assortment of pottery, wood turnings, paintings, vases. Not a great deal of items but a... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
David B
Cape Charles, United States
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High on a mountain plateau, The Bascom art center provides audiences of all ages with stimulating, diverse exhibitions, studio art instruction and other cultural experiences. Join us at our six-building, six-acre campus in Highlands, North Carolina...more
323 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8551
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by on a Saturday afternoon to find the Bascom almost deserted. The young woman at the desk never even looked up at us or acknowledged our presence in any way. It's a lovely facility, and the ceramic exhibit was small, but very high...More

Thank Gorwell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I called ahead and requested a guide for our group of 12. Judy was knowledgeable and friendly. We so enjoyed learning about the Art Center and the art displays. The gift shop has lovely unique items for sale. A delightful afternoon - thank you.

1  Thank LindaPJacksonville
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a wide assortment of pottery, wood turnings, paintings, vases. Not a great deal of items but a pretty broad range. Prices mostly high, as well. Was thoughtfully laid out in a building hand crafted of reclaimed wood. My 14 year old daughter was impressed.

Thank David B
Reviewed 23 September 2018

We stopped to visit when our hiking plans were rained out, but we greatly enjoyed the photo exhibits and looking at the pottery! This is a great place to stop for a visit!

1  Thank Gail E
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Our planned hike was cancelled due to inclement weather, so we went to the Bascom and were pleasantly surprised with varied exhibits there. Really ended up having a wonderful morning there and would highly recommend it - even in nice weather!

1  Thank dwhitneynaples
Reviewed 23 August 2018

We dropped by the Basco. After leaving a dud of a concert on Main Street in Downtown Highlands.we enjoyed the gallery and gift shop but especially the artisan demonstrating making furniture with bent willow.. Although not open, there was a teaching center for pottery making....More

1  Thank PattiP313
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This facility has some magnificent art work. A lot of traveling exhibits and the pottery barn where people are making pottery while you watch which is for sale. A very nice facility with parking.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Visited in june with my 4 year old. We both fell,in love with the Bascom. From the beautiful views all around to the special exhibits to the children’s play area with tons and tons of legos to create to your delight. Lots of structures build...More

1  Thank Bonnie K
Reviewed 27 May 2018

We were floored by the location, the building and the quality of the displays in such a remote location. The building itself is worth the investment of time and the architect gets kudos for the effort on the property. Enjoy!

2  Thank 2Bishop
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

I can’t believe this is a top attraction here. I enjoy art and there is so much beauty surrounding this area; I can’t believe that beauty isn’t displayed here. It’s a beautiful site that has so much potential.

3  Thank Culture555507
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Gordon W
21 May 2017|
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It depends on how long you want to look at the exhibits. An hour-less or more.