North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

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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.
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  • I love that the NC museums are free. This museum is amazing, they have such beautiful pieces including Monet and Rodin. The staff are super friendly. Wonderful visit.  more »
  • The museum has two main buildings - West Wing and East Wing, and landscaped grounds with outdoor installations. West hosts more permanent exhibitions, and East is for special exhibitions (the way I un...  more »
  • The museum has a small collection that won’t have you come back other than for special exhibits. We are members and generally go for the special exhibits which would be quite pricey if we were not mem...  more »
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  • An interesting mix, knowledgeable and personable docents, and it was free! We had planned on just walking through on our own, but were told that a tour was about to start, so we joined it. I'm glad we did - we were taken through several very different exhibits and were given enough information that we could return to the ones that interested us and do more than just look at them. I just wish the gift shop offered a selection of prints, or maybe more postcards showing some of the collection. Will definitely return the next time we are in Raleigh!
  • Marvelous! Two buildings with art. FREE. Only paid for special timely exhibits. Hands-on section for children. Cafe/food on-site. Beautiful grounds with walking paths. Outdoor theater and movies in warmer weather. What else can one ask for?!
  • This is a great place to visit, especially on a day with beautiful weather. The art displays outside are just as breathtaking as the indoor displays. There is a snack bar/coffee cart, cafe and awesome gift shop. Make sure you visit both buildings and take time to stop at the interactive exhibits. There isn't as much for young children but there is definitely something here for the entire family, so bring the kids.
  • Purchased a membership, beast money ever spent. Gets you into a ton of exhibits​ for free! I really like the outdoor exhibits nestled on walking trails...bring a picnic lunch with you...bring the kids. The movies are a great way to have a family outing on the cheap too. Bring a picnic dinner..adult beverages are available to purchase (you cannot BYOB).
  • My time at the art museum was a lot of fun and I ended up being way more interested in the art and history than I had expected myself to be. I was especially taken in by the Rodin sculptures. The layout of the sections is very nice and easily understood although the modern art section is a bit separated but I understand considering they were moving the exhibits around. All in all, this museum is great and I will definitely return.

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Where to stay in Raleigh

Staying downtown provides the most convenient access to Raleigh's leading attractions. You'll find a couple of large, efficient hotels here--they feature a large volume of beds. The area around the North Campus of North Carolina State University lies just west of downtown and features a handful of additional hotels. A cluster of national chain hotels and motels lies in the midtown area north of downtown. There are a couple of bus lines that provide easy access to downtown from here, so this area serves as a suitable option if you cannot find accommodation in the city center. The intersection of I-440 and Route 70 to the northwest of downtown features numerous hotels and motels, but these largely cater to business travelers who require convenient access to both downtown and the airport.
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