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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  • We went to the museum on the hottest day of the summer so we didn’t do the walk outside. There are 2 buildings filled with a lot of wonderful pieces. All of us enjoyed our time there. They have 3.....  more »
  • Enjoyed this museum. Had a great mix of works from contemporary to classics. Very nice "campus" as well to walk around and enjoy the outdoor installations.  more »
  • Enjoyed the art museum very much. I was very surprised to find a whole room full of Rodin sculptures; a favorite artist of mine.Something for everyone here.  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.
  • The Museum is having West and East Building.Museum clearly portraits the life of People who lived in America,Europe and Egypt. Art works defines the lifestyle of those people’s. It is having a large beautiful grassy Park with small trails. The admission is free,But it is recommended to donate. There is Amphitheater and as well as Auditorium. In West building we can find the Museum store and Iris Restaurant.
  • Very unique and fun place to visit. It's great for any age. There's so much to see in the outdoor spaces as well as the indoor. They have THE best summer concert series around. The venue is amazing for evening outdoor shows. It's shaded at night so it's not too hot.
  • Such a wonderful museum! I love how there is both indoor and outdoor exhibits to view. It's a bit warm to walk around during the summer, but I will certainly be coming back in the fall to see everything the outdoor trails have to offer! There is also plenty to view inside if you're looking to escape the heat. I had a great time and look forward to visiting again!

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