The NC Museum of Art is one of the Triangle's favorite cultural attractions. Located in Raleigh, it curates a large permanent collection as well as hosts major traveling art exhibitions. It offers a frequent variety of programming ranging from children's activities to education programs, outdoor concerts to film screenings.
The museum recently underwent a major renovation and expansion. The new 127,000 sq.ft. building features daylit galleries surrounded by beautiful outdoor gardens showcasing large-scale sculpture. Permanent collection highlights include a gift of 30 sculptures by Auguste Rodin and work by such internationally acclaimed artists as Roxy Paine, Ursula von Rydingsvard, El Anatsui, Jaume Plensa, Jackie Ferrara, Ellsworth Kelly, and David Park.
The 164-acre campus is the nation’s largest art museum park, with walking paths, bike trails, ecological projects conceived with artists, and site-specific commissioned works of art in a rolling green landscape.
The museum's interior restaurant, Iris, features a sophisticated menu in a contemporary, modern setting. It is the frequent site of special art/food events. It is regularly open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday, dinner on Friday, and brunch on Sunday. Reservations are recommended.NC Museum of Art Visitor Information
Admission to the NC Museum of Art's permanent collections is free. Admission to the museum's special exhibits usually is not.
The NC Museum of Art is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Weekday (except Monday)and Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., except for Fridays, when the museum is open 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday hours are 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The NC Museum of Art 2110 Blue Ridge Road. Raleigh, NC 27607-6494 (919) 839-6262