Visiting + Tours – Spring 2020

Visiting Penland School of Craft: Spring + Early Summer 2020

As of 3/16/20 the Penland Gallery & Visitors Center and the Penland School campus are closed to ALL visitors. We ask that you please maintain the safety of our community by not visiting the studios, the school store, the coffee house, or the resident artist studios. We look forward to welcoming you back when it is safer for us all to see each other.  We will update our social media and webpages when reopening is on the horizon. 

We are putting our efforts into our online presence and hope to share the gallery with everyone through our website,  online SHOP, and social media.  Follow along from home and take care of yourselves and others. 

PENLAND GALLERY & VISITORS CENTER  |  Closed for now, but for future reference…

The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center is one of the finest showcases for contemporary craft in the Southeast. The gallery exhibits and sells work by current and former Penland instructors, resident artists, and former students from around the country.

Knowledgeable staff provide information about the school’s programs, the artists, and studios in the area. The John & Robyn Horn Gallery, Lucy Morgan Gallery, and the educational Visitors Center Gallery provide a remarkable destination for visitors to Penland School and the surrounding arts community.

Open March through early December

Tuesday – Saturday 10AM-5PM
Sunday 12-5PM
Closed on Monday

Penland Gallery & Visitors Center


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have discontinued visitors on the campus of the school.  We have an obligation to our staff, neighbors, and current students and instructors, and their health and safety is our number one priority. 

Read Penland’s current message about responding to COVID-19

Penland School encompasses about 420 acres and 57 buildings on a beautiful mountain hillside.


Guided tours of Penland School are being suspended until further notice. 

For more information or to make a reservation for a future tour or visit, please call 828 765 6211 or

Walking tour of Penland's campus with a guide.

PENLAND COFFEE HOUSE AND SUPPLY STORE  |  Closed for now, but for future reference…

There is a wonderful Penland Coffeehouse on campus which is open to the public. They serve hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, and sweets.

Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 12 – 5 PM, with limited hours in the winter months.
You can reach them directly at 828-765-1083.

The Penland Supply Store is open all year round and is the only art supply store in the area. They provide materials specifically requested by instructors, as well as a wide selection of supplies for many media. Aside from art materials, they carry a variety of Penland-specific merchandise, handmade gift items, and craft-related books. 

Spring – Summer – Fall Hours
Monday-Friday 9:00AM – 12:15PM and 12:45PM – 5:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Winter Hours
Monday-Friday 10:00AM – 4:00PM



The coffeehouse offers beverages, sandwiches, and sweets for the students and the public.