Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center's Lucas Mansion Museum, Hiddenite

The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center is housed within the Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion, a three story Victorian/Edwardian home, which is the only site in Alexander County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion’s namesake, James Paul Lucas, known affectionately as “Diamond Jim,” was a visionary thinker and doer who made his living travelling the world as a diamond and gem trader.

The Lucas Mansion features an art gallery with rotating monthly exhibits, a turn of the 20th century history museum, collections of gems and minerals, and an extensive collection of antique dolls and toys. The Lucas Mansion also houses the Alexander County Visitor Center, which offers local and regional travel and tourism information.
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  • Tucked away in the NC foothills, the Hiddenite Museum will give you a brief, colorful account of the local history of the area, which still involves gem mining, altho' to a reduced degree. The nice la...  more »
  • My family stopped in on our monthly day trip and was very impressed with the museum and all three floors of displays. There is so much to see and do and the staff makes you feel like family. I would r...  more »
  • Excellent art gallery and museum. The gallery changes to a different artist almost monthly. Outstanding doll collection on the 3rd floor. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
  • To pardon the pub, this center is well hidden. If you're into antique dolls or toys, the third floor display is something you'll have to see! The story of the mining history of the area is interesting. I think you can send an hour or more and you'll be rewarded for your time

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