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. To visit North Carolina Museum of Art on your holiday in Raleigh, and find out what else Raleigh has to offer, use our Raleigh itinerary planner.
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  • August 11, 2017
    This museum has an incredibly varied group of exhibits that will appeal to so many tastes. It is light and airy and spacious and very comfortable to move around in. Don't miss the Anself Kiefer tripty...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Absolute joy to watch Chris Thile the NCMA earlier this month. There is no better venue in the state. Great acoustics, good ambience, sculpture all around. It's just a true delight. We have been to at...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Visited with my family during a trip to Raleigh. It's one of the few remaining free of charge museum outside of DC (there is a charge for their special exhibitions, but parking is also free). I was po...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    I've been here 4 times now. This museum is near many doctors offices, which is convenient for those of us traveling to appointments. There are free exhibits in one building and a building with exhibits you pay to see. We've only seen the free exhibits, as we don't have much time to walk through the exhibits each time we go. They have an outstanding collection here, with many pieces from the 1300s and before. They have pieces from Italian, Dutch, Flemish, and a few other collections. Their contemporary collections are outstanding as well. They have many new pieces. Love this place!!
  • April 28, 2017
    I went for the free Ansel Adams and Venetian Renaissance exhibits. They were good. The overall atmosphere here was a little weird. Almost like someone hung a bunch of pictures/paintings on the wall of a conference center or hotel conference level and called it a museum. The displays and narratives were pretty good. I did not like how, at the end of the exhibit, you were herded through the gift shop. Reminded me of the duty free shops some airports make you literally walk through to get to the exit.
  • June 20, 2017
    Attended a concert - such a beautiful setting! They were also offering food made fresh to order. The seafood burrito was quite tasty! Can't wait to go back for another concert or movie night.
  • June 3, 2017
    I'm from Colorado, but visited the North Carolina Museum of Art while on vacation. I have to say, visiting this museum was the highlight of my trip. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the museum held a wide array of talented work. I was blown away by the large amounts of sculptures the museum held, which were probably my favorite part. The outdoor art garden which you can hike through was very nice as well. I look forward to returning next time I'm in NC!
  • June 14, 2017
    This is a great art museum with a wonderful variety of works of art. From great masters, ancient object, to modern gems,and its FREE!. They do have special exhibits as well for which tickets are required. The grounds are fantastic with walking trails, and they host some some great concerts and movies. If you are in the area you must check it out.

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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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