Visiting Penland

Visiting Penland

The Penland Gallery & Visitors Center, Supply Store, Coffee House, and the studios of the Penland Resident Artists are all open to the public (hours vary seasonally).  A Self-Guided Tour Map is available at these locations.

Penland Gallery

Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds of Penland’s campus. Please note that our teaching studios are not open to the public

Begin your visit at the Penland Gallery & Visitors Center. Pick up a copy of the self-guided tour map and learn about the tour’s highlights at the Visitors Center Gallery display.

The Penland Gallery features work for sale, made by current and former instructors, students, and resident artists, and hosts curated exhibitions throughout the season.


The Penland Supply Store is a wonderful place to buy art supplies or pick up a souvenir of your Penland visit. Find current hours HERE.

Coffee House

The Penland Coffee House serves a wide variety of hot and cold beverages, sweets, and light lunch fare. The Coffee House is a great place for visitors to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the view. Penland’s dining hall is available for students only.

08/19 – 08/27 CLOSED

08/28 – 09/01 9am-2pm, Monday – Friday OPEN

09/02 – 09/10 CLOSED

09/11 – 09/22, 9am-2pm, Monday – Friday, OPEN
09/25 – 09/29, 9am-4pm, Monday – Friday, OPEN

Concentration Hours:

10/02 – 11/10
9am- 2pm, Monday – Friday, Saturday 10am-4pm

Closed Sundays

Visitors are welcome to visit The Barns, which house the studios of Penland’s resident artists: full-time craftspeople who live and work at the school for three years. Although the resident artists do not keep specific hours, you will usually find someone working at The Barns.

Visit Nearby Artists Studios

The area surrounding Penland is home to over 100 professional craft artists, many of whom have been associated with Penland. There are a number of independent studios and craft galleries in the immediate vicinity and surrounding counties that either keep regular business hours or are open by appointment. Ask gallery staff for more information or visit the Blue Ridge Heritage Craft Trails or Toe River Arts Council websites.