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The Bascom

323 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8551
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Tiny but enjoyable

Rainy day in Highlands, thought we could kill some hours here, but it is tiny That said, the art... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Alexandria, Virginia
Unique Art Gallery & Gift Shop

Look for the Covered Bridge, behind it is this unique place. They usually have several... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Seneca, South Carolina
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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. The Bascom offers you and your family and friends a community gathering-place amid art and nature, along with many program offerings. Free Admission!
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“covered bridge” (23 reviews)
“art center” (4 reviews)
“gift shop” (9 reviews)
323 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8551
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Reviewed 27 October 2017

Rainy day in Highlands, thought we could kill some hours here, but it is tiny That said, the art installations were excellent

Thank mariava51
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Look for the Covered Bridge, behind it is this unique place. They usually have several interesting exhibits. The artwork is quite fascinating. It is located close to downtown, on the way to some of the waterfalls. (Dry Falls & Bridal Falls are just a few...More

Thank Moiaussie
Reviewed 16 October 2017

What a neat place! We visited when the galleries featured three shows: a juried show of gorgeous wood chairs (each a work of art); a survey of textile arts and artists; and a ceramic exhibit by a single artist. Each exhibit was well-designed with a...More

Thank esammarie
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is truly one of the must see venues when in Highlands. The Bascom usually has at least one amazing exhibit going, and they're always free.

2  Thank Fred B
Reviewed 20 September 2017

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Highlands, along with the waterfalls and great dining. We visited on a Saturday and toured the art gallery and shopped for hand-crafted gifts in the attached gift shop. The Bascom is also an educational center,...More

2  Thank Skeeter81-ta
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

What catches your eyes is the covered bridge. Let's Stop! It's not old but is the main entrance to The Bascom. A beautiful building with modern rural art outside and 3 levels of galleries. There is a separate building for local artist to learn and...More

2  Thank Eric B
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The covered bridge brought us to a serene setting of mixed media art. Metal sculpture, pottery, paint and paper, were all there to enjoy. If children are with you (or even if they are not), be sure to take the nature trail. Very nice gift...More

2  Thank Rodney R
Reviewed 23 August 2017

There is a lot going on at the wonderful site. We toured the iron art exhibit and were very interest in the pottery which was beautiful. Would love to come back when we have more time. The covered bridge was cool!

Thank Joep63
Reviewed 22 August 2017

nice selection of art; if you are visitnig, call ahead and ask if there is a class in teh barn. would have been fun if we had known about it. be sure to walk the short trail- very cute things along the storybook trai.

Thank Beachgirl301
Reviewed 5 August 2017

The Bascom is a beautiful facility with a sprawling campus within walking distance of the charming mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina. Located in Westernmost North Carolina, Highlands is a tiny two-stop-light town with a burgeoning food and wine scene and great mountain scenery. The...More

1  Thank elizabeth m
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Gordon W
21 May 2017|
Response from JAH20132013 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how long you want to look at the exhibits. An hour-less or more.