The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM), a three-level building with approximately 21,000 square feet, sits on the corner of South Main Street and Chestnut Street in downtown Blowing Rock across from Rumple Presbyterian and St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal churches. Together with these two landmark churches, the museum will help anchor the southern end of Main Street.
The building includes five (5) galleries; a large multi-purpose community meeting room; a conference room; 2,500 square feet of educational and workshop space; an historic objects gallery; an orientation theater; administrative offices; reception areas; storage space for art and historical objects; a gift shop; and an adjacent outdoor sculpture garden.
Ground-breaking took place in June 2009 and the museum opened in October 2011.
Calloway Johnson Moore and West (CJMW) from Winston-Salem served as head architect for the project, with Ron Funk of Boone Construction Company as contractor.
The two firms worked with BRAHM to produce a first-rate Museum utilizing mountain materials, such as stone and wood, and neutral colors so that it would blend with the building's natural environment. The design of the building fulfilled the Museum’s current needs and long-range goals. The 23,000 square foot building includes six galleries, including the Historic Objects Gallery on the upper floor, totaling 4,500 square feet; a 1,350-square-foot multi-purpose community meeting room, featuring a projector, screen and speakers, and an adjacent conference room; 1,500 square feet of educational and workshop space; an orientation theater; administrative offices; storage space for art and historical objects; a gift shop; and an adjacent outdoor sculpture garden.