North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art features a permanent collection of 139 works of European and American art purchased in 1947, thanks to a $1 million appropriation by the North Carolina General Assembly. This made North Carolina the first state in the nation to purchase art using public funds. The collection has grown to include European paintings from the Renaissance, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase paintings from ancient Greece and Rome, pre-Columbian art and more. 

Traveling exhibits at the museum have featured Titanic artifacts, Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester, historic photography, video installations and other subjects of interest to visitors from all over.

For an outdoor adventure to inspire kids, head to the North Carolina Museum of Art Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park more than 160 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks. You'll get fresh perspectives on nature and art whether you explore on bike or foot. The park's trails feature art in the most unexpected places. Run through three gigantic rings on the lawn. Step inside a Cloud Chamber in the woods. Picnic near monumental legs or by a mighty Wind Machine. Sit a while to send sound messages on the Whisper Bench.

The museum also has an outdoor amphitheater, where it hosts family-friendly concerts and movies. On some weekends, the art museum offers half-hour tours for kids ages 5 to 11 and their adult companions as well as art-themed activities. The permanent collection includes European, Egyptian, Roman and American art as well as African, ancient American, pre-Columbian, Oceanic and Jewish art. The leading repository of the work of Auguste Rodin in the southeastern U.S., the museum displays some of the artist’s sculptures in an outdoor courtyard that is a place of quiet beauty.

The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park is open daily, including holidays, dawn to dusk. The museum hours are Tuesday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Monday, it is closed. Admission to the permanent collection is free. (Special exhibits may incur a chage.)


2110 Blue Ridge Road,
Raleigh, 27607
United States