We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Bascom

323 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8551
Review Highlights

nice selection of art; if you are visitnig, call ahead and ask if there is a class in teh barn... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Atlanta, Georgia
Lovely spot for education, exhibition and events

The Bascom is a beautiful facility with a sprawling campus within walking distance of the charming... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
elizabeth m
Read all 92 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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!
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
323 Franklin Rd, Highlands, NC 28741-8551
Write a Review
Reviews (92)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 92 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Love the architecture and interesting shows that relate to the area. Wonderful gift shop with beautiful items to purchase.

1  Thank csr944
Reviewed 13 June 2017

The Bascom is a working art center as well as a gallery showing regional artists. On the day of our visit, we watched a half a dozen artists throwing clay, seeing their progress from start to finish. Inside the gallery, The Bascom features various art...More

2  Thank edward d
Reviewed 4 June 2017

We love everything about this place! It was our third visit this year. Each time there have been different, unique over the top exhibits! Neatest gift shop too, and you can meet the artists, while they do their work! Don't miss the opportunity to visit...More

1  Thank TNtravles
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is an interesting gift shop/museum/pottery place. It's hard to describe, but it's worth 30 minutes of your time. Beautiful, unusual pottery and wood gifts, although most are somewhat pricey. Small photo gallery of local scenes. Lovely artwork in the lawn, including a corn crib....More

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful studio. We are so glad we made the stop. The building alone is very cool. Lots to see.

Thank Foxygurl23
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The Bascom is a small museum/gallery exhibiting various artwork, some on a rotating basis. It is unique, interesting and well worth a visit to browse their exhibits. We saw an exhibit of unique pottery by local artists, photographs by N. Carolina photographers, a spectacular full-size...More

Thank ECrowther
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

What a cool place. If I lived in Highlands, I would definitely be out there taking pottery classes. Beautiful grounds. Very friendly staff and artists. Bought a beautiful pottery bowl. Recommend a visit.

Thank JAH20132013
Reviewed 27 April 2017

There was just a really nice selection of art from ceramics, hand blown glass pieces, oil & water color paintings. What really blew me away is on the second floor in a room all by itself. I don't want to spoil it for you as...More

1  Thank Kenyagirl247
Nearby Restaurants
Kilwin's Chocolates and Ice Cream
306 reviews
.74 km away
Wild Thyme Gourmet
840 reviews
.75 km away
706 reviews
.73 km away
Sports Page Sandwich Shop
191 reviews
.69 km away
Nearby Attractions
Cullasaja River Gorge
86 reviews
.55 km away
Highlands Playhouse
60 reviews
.77 km away
Highlands Art Gallery
6 reviews
.83 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
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.