Pack Place Education, Arts, and Science Center
The vision of Roger McGuire, this complex was made possible by local residents with the help of community organizations such as the North Carolina Arts Council and the Junior League. From the first planing meetings in the early 1980s to the opening of the complex in 1992, community members and organizations worked to bring an art museum, science museum, and theater to Asheville's downtown. Several of these institutions grew between the opening of the Pack Center and today, and as a result, these institutions have expanded to additional locations but remain within the heart of Asheville.
Backstory and Context
A true "local gem, the Asheville Museum of Science grew from the former Colburn Earth Science Museum that dates back to the formation of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society in 1931. The museum continues to offer exhibits drawn from mineral collections that span the globe in addition to many programs and exhibits that focus on the geology of North Carolina. The museum also offers a variety of exhibits related to other scientific fields.
The Asheville Art Museum also emphasizes the region and state's culture with a variety of exhibits drawn from the work of local artists. Finally, the The 500-seat Diana Wortham Theatre offers performances of regional musicians and theatrical troupes in addition to hosting a variety of national touring acts.