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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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North Carolina Museum of Art reviews

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  • This is a surprising museum set in a park. It had a visiting exhibition from the Phillips Museum in Washington DC with some very well known artists. The 2nd building had a load of interesting... 
    This is a surprising museum set in a park. It had a visiting exhibition from the Phillips Museum in Washington DC with some very well known artists. The 2nd building had a load of interesting...  more »
  • Beautiful museum. Lovely grounds. Great place to walk around outdoors. Unfortunately the one building ( there are 2) which housed the bulk of the exhibits and artwork that we wanted to see was... 
    Beautiful museum. Lovely grounds. Great place to walk around outdoors. Unfortunately the one building ( there are 2) which housed the bulk of the exhibits and artwork that we wanted to see was...  more »
  • The Museum Park was outstanding and busy on a Labor Day when most of the main attractions were closed. Don't miss the Rodans! 
    The Museum Park was outstanding and busy on a Labor Day when most of the main attractions were closed. Don't miss the Rodans!  more »
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  • What a nice community resource! The grounds are lovely. This is both an indoor and outdoor experience. The West Building has the permanent collection, and it's very decent with a few big names (Raphael, Monet, Rodin). Loved that everything is free. Lots of outdoor space designated for events and short walks/hikes.
  • This art museum was under construction when we went but they still had a lot to see. We saw the very cool exhibits inside and they have a vending machine to purchase little handmade art pieces, which was a lot of fun and we got some cute things. The best part was the outdoor exhibits. They have amazing architecture and I want to return soon! It is also a great walking track for families and pets. Tons of parking.
  • This place is free? I just don't understand how this huge place is free for all to enjoy. Amazing grounds, fun sculptures, interactive art,nature beautifully maintained, extensive walking trails... I could go on about the unique gem that this place is, but instead I say go see for yourself. All the amenities too, free parking, access to a cafe, bicycle rental, great places to relax and take a break. The only thing that it might be worth knowing before going is if you mainly want to stay indoors call before you go, on our particular visit the west building was closed and the east building has a large number of exhibits getting redone, so if you plan was not to be outside and walking around talking it all in you may not have enjoyed it as much as there would be limited things to see.
  • The entire experience at this museum was exceptional! Outdoor areas are great, very peaceful and lots of sculptures. There is a lot of walking involved, so wear comfortable shoes. There are multiple nature trails as well as the outdoor exhibits, they are very relaxing and you can rent a bike. We also had lunch at the cafe and would recommend. The indoor exhibits are simply amazing! There is something for everyone, from Renaissance portraits to the ancient Egyptian collection to the Roman mosaic to the modern art. There is so much to look at and I would have spent a whole week there wandering around. There is also an interactive area that is fun for little and big kids, and even adults. Everything about this museum is great, and I would definitely recommend this for any art lover.
  • Of all the gems that North Carolina has this may just top the list!!! The outdoor exhibits are stunning! The grounds are spectacular! The traveling exhibit are always intriguing and beautiful. The museum store is so amazing and is filled with fun souvenirs. Not to mention the restaurant which has some delightful options. overall, you can spend a good half day here and have a wonderful time with the family.

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