North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

#2 of 120 in Things to do in Raleigh
Must see · Art Museum · Museum
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.
Create an itinerary including North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,807 reviews
  • We went to see the Alphonse Mucha exhibit. It was well displayed and showed his genius well. This museum is well worth the trip but really to do it all justice figure on spending about a whole day.....  more »
  • Impressive art museum. Particular standouts are the Judaic art featuring Torah guards and ornaments, spice boxes, tefilin boxes. Also very good selection of Italian Renaissance painting, many Rodin.....  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.

Plan your trip to Raleigh

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.