Home to over 40 different galleries, North Carolina Museum of Art gives you a chance to view thousands of years of art history. Admire the museum's extensive exhibits of European, African, American, Greek, and ancient art, including one of the country's only exhibits dedicated entirely to Jewish artwork and tradition. The Italian collection, focused on Baroque pieces, is considered one of the institution's strongest. Join the museum's daily guided tour, also free, which offers an introduction to the styles, artists, and pieces on display. Check the website as well for information on the frequent temporary exhibits, traveling works, and special events. Use our Raleigh trip itinerary builder website to arrange your visit to North Carolina Museum of Art and other attractions in Raleigh.
North Carolina Museum of Art Reviews
The NCMA is a wonderful museum. Not just saying that out of home grown pride, that its also an opinion offered by knowledgeable art lovers from across the country. The collection is somewhat small..... more »
We attended with teen children and thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous temperatures for February. The art inside was a beautiful atmosphere but I recommend taking a hike to observe the outdoor art. There.... more »
This is a very nice museum, and I like the fact that the exhibits change periodically. The good news is admission is free, both for the museum's permanent collection and park, which is a work of art within itself. While art museums may seem geared for adults, that is not true of the NC Art Museum. There are hiking trails in the park along with sculptures as well as sitting areas. The permanent collection is full of a variety of wonderful pieces, including but not limited to: Ancient Egyptian, African, Ancient American, American, Jewish, Italian, Classical, Contemporary, Modern, and a collection of 30 pieces by Rodin, including "The Thinker." The temporary exhibits are always unique and there are always a wide variety of subjects, so there is something for everyone.
Small but nice selection of art, ancient to modern. Out door sculpture gardens are lovely! Cafe is pricey but food is good. Service at cafe is either good or with an attitude. Gift shop is small with lovely items but this too can be pricey. Main museum and outdoor gardens are free.
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