The North Carolina Museum of Art or the NCMA as it is called in short was started in 1956 to be the first major museum in the whole country that was established on State legislation and funding. The museum incorporates a collection of over 5000 years worth of artistic work from the ancient past to present, 40 galleries containing permanent and temporary exhibits, an amphitheater for outdoor performances and the country’s largest museum park which has many major works of art. Being admission free and hosting so many attractions inside, the museum is a must visit in your itinerary if you are slightly inclined towards the arts.
- Photography is allowed only for personal, non commercial use.
- Tripods and video cameras not allowed.
- Tours are available for people with different disabilities.
- Admission to Museum is charged during Art in Bloom from April 7 – 10, 2016.
- There is a charge for some special exhibitions and programs like concerts, films, classes and performances.
- Guided tours are free of charge.
- Please refer to official website for more details.
- Museum closed on some holidays.
- Museum park is open from dawn to dusk.
Iris restaurant, West building timings:
- Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 2pm
- Friday dinner: 5:30 am – 10 pm (last seating at 8:30 pm)
- Sunday: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sip coffee bar timings:
- Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Daily Museum Tours:
- Tuesday – Friday: 1:30 pm
- Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
- By Bus: Bus 16 stops at Blue Ridge Rd at Forest View Rd bus station.
- By renting or hiring a car/taxi.
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40.08% of people who visit Raleigh include North Carolina Museum Of Art in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
38.1% of people start their North Carolina Museum Of Art visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see North Carolina Museum Of Art
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting North Carolina Museum Of Art
What a great place to spend the day. There is plenty to see inside and outside so no matter what the weather is you will have something to do here. It's a place where beauty and education collide. I love it! Also it is free! (Although it is nice if you can make a donation.) I highly recommend this place for any age.
This place is so great! Just walking around the outside is beautiful and it connects to another trail which is fun. Lots of great places to sit and just enjoy the views plus it's a good spot of a picnic. Inside is great as well, I really enjoy a lot of the special exhibits you can go to. Well worth the time, you should check it out.
Absolutely amazing except a museum employee told my husband that he should watch his daughter more and keep her away from the paintings even though he had her by the hand the whole time and she was no we're near the paintings the same lady also told two ladies behind us that they should be arm length away from the paintings and they weren't even touching them she was very rude and unprofessional you can tell she really does hate her job! Your Museum was great except for that situation which I'm sure there's plenty of other people who have ran in to her. Maybe move her to the statues section I think she would be happier there.
First of all admission is free. This museum is great for a one or two hours visit. It gives a comprehensive overview of the development of art over the centuries. Covered is each period from ancient Egypt to contemporary art. Accordingly there are only a few exhibits from each period but that may be a plus for families or the occasional museum goer. While there is a short description of each piece for many this could be improved. The museum offers activity for children but be prepared to explain and entertain a lot by yourself.
Went to the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition in the east building, which is the older one. The new building has lots of indirect natural light, while the old building doesn't. So, all the work was shown with spotlights. Her use of color is amazing and I just wish I could have see it in natural light. Also, some of the galleries get crowded in the old building when they have special exhibits there. Recommend trying to schedule your visit during times when the crowds are not so heavy.