November 12, 2022-January 14, 2023 (Closed November 23-25)
The annual "pop up" Aluminum Tree Museum returns to the Transylvania Heritage Museum at 189 West Main Street in downtown Brevard. The blast from the past will take you back to the 1950s when these trees were all the rage. This is a fun, quirky holiday outing that will make you smile and brighten your day. The museum is open Thursday-Friday, 12-4 PM. Open December 29-30. Closed on New Year's Day. Open the following two weeks, Thursday - Saturday, 12-4 pm until January 14, 2023. It's free to visit (donations appreciated).
The Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum (ATOM) is the world's only museum dedicated to vintage aluminum Christmas trees Dozens of trees adorned with vintage and often tacky ornaments are displayed in whimsical themes. Color wheels turn to provide the light show. Special events include the Atomic Sisterhood performing original aluminum tree carols.
Each tree is themed and named (scientific and common) by museum volunteers.
ATOM is an apt name for this Museum since the trees were produced during the "atomic age" of the mid-20th century. And Brevard is the perfect location since it's next to Pisgah National Forest, a great protector of trees.
Millions of aluminum Christmas trees were produced by over 40 companies in the USA, Canada, and Australia from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. You can identify vintage trees by noting that the individual branches insert into holes in the center pole ("trunk"). They "genetically engineer" some trees (the aluminum palm trees, the aluminum bonsai) for fun.
The Transylvania Heritage Museum is 34 miles south of downtown Asheville, and it is open Wednesday-Friday, 10 AM-5 PM, Saturday 11 AM-3 PM. Closed Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday. For more info, call them at 828-884-2347. While you are there, downtown Brevard has many great stores and galleries to explore. Check out Brevard restaurants, Oskar Blues Brewery that's just a short drive away.
Street address: 189 North Main Street, Brevard, NC.
Read about more Holiday Outings in Asheville. To take home a live tree, visit one of the Christmas Tree Farms.