North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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One of the leading art museums in the American South, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) recently completed a major, three-year expansion that places it in the front ranks of museums nationwide. The NCMA offers a permanent collection spanning more than 5,000 years, a variety of celebrated exhibitions and public programs, an amphitheater for outdoor performances, and the nation’s largest museum park—164 acres of trails and parkland containing major works of art.
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  • J K
    Greensboro, North Carolina47 contributions
    A Gem, In Any City
    The NCMA is a wonderful museum. Not just saying that out of home grown pride, that its also an opinion offered by knowledgeable art lovers from across the country. The collection is somewhat small but this allows a visitor to take it in without be overwhelmed. Special touring exhibits are displayed in a second building, with an admission charge, while the main building is free. If time and weather permit, allow yourself a half hour or so to walk the grounds, which display a wide array of sculpture.
    Visited December 2019
    Written February 16, 2020
  • 24lorraineS
    Cary, North Carolina700 contributions
    Must see Mucha!
    Currently the Alphonse Mucha exhibit is on display at the museum well into the new year. There is quite an array of his poster art work. There is much information on his life and times, his associates and his style. The walls abound in 3-4 foot stylized posters that are sumptuous!. The exhibit is well worth a visit, although there is a charge - you can also enjoy the rest of the museum in this building and the one adjacent to it (which is free).
    Visited October 2021
    Written October 25, 2021
  • Donna T
    48 contributions
    Well worth the visit if you have at least 3 hours
    This is a decent-sized museum with a lot of priceless treasures that are well curated. If you are a fan of Rodin you will not be disappointed in the large collection of sculptures created from the original casts. They have a few Monet and other impressionist paintings, and a respectable array from multiple other periods as well. I was impressed by their exhibit on Egypt, because although it lacks the mummies found in larger collections hosted in Cairo, London and Chicago, it chose to focus on a tradition the other museums did not - grain mummification. I learned something today! Well worth the visit, it you have at least 3 hours to spare (or else you will feel as if you are running a marathon to see everything).
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 19, 2020
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J K
Greensboro, NC47 contributions
Dec 2019
The NCMA is a wonderful museum. Not just saying that out of home grown pride, that its also an opinion offered by knowledgeable art lovers from across the country. The collection is somewhat small but this allows a visitor to take it in without be overwhelmed. Special touring exhibits are displayed in a second building, with an admission charge, while the main building is free. If time and weather permit, allow yourself a half hour or so to walk the grounds, which display a wide array of sculpture.
Written February 16, 2020
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24lorraineS
Cary, NC700 contributions
Oct 2021
Currently the Alphonse Mucha exhibit is on display at the museum well into the new year. There is quite an array of his poster art work. There is much information on his life and times, his associates and his style. The walls abound in 3-4 foot stylized posters that are sumptuous!. The exhibit is well worth a visit, although there is a charge - you can also enjoy the rest of the museum in this building and the one adjacent to it (which is free).
Written October 25, 2021
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Donna T
Billerica48 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a decent-sized museum with a lot of priceless treasures that are well curated. If you are a fan of Rodin you will not be disappointed in the large collection of sculptures created from the original casts. They have a few Monet and other impressionist paintings, and a respectable array from multiple other periods as well. I was impressed by their exhibit on Egypt, because although it lacks the mummies found in larger collections hosted in Cairo, London and Chicago, it chose to focus on a tradition the other museums did not - grain mummification. I learned something today! Well worth the visit, it you have at least 3 hours to spare (or else you will feel as if you are running a marathon to see everything).
Written January 19, 2020
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Lynetric R
United States931 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This museum goes on forever!!! There was an Egyptian mummy exhibit this was the only exhibit that had a cost to it however when we went it was on family day and it was free! I would suggest calling ahead of time just to see what the prices are or if it is indeed a family day. There are TWO separate buildings as well as sculptures outside on the grounds so even if you don’t go during the time that the museum is open you can still see plenty of sculptures on the park grounds. This museum is set in a park and it is very impressive!! If you are ever in the area it is must see and it’s free!!
Written May 30, 2021
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John M
Raleigh, NC1,846 contributions
Oct 2020
We visited on an October "Members Only" Thursday evening. The curation has definitely improved. We were happy to see the changes in the curation of the collection in the newer main building, especially in the juxtaposition of art from different eras, styles, and countries, and the moving of a lot of more contemporary art to the main building. We were also impressed with the many focus groupings in the older exhibition building. We loved the way they are managing the pandemic with one-way arrows to guide you through the collections, face mask requirement, timed entry, and large spaces with no seating.
Written October 16, 2020
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24lorraineS
Cary, NC700 contributions
Feb 2020
For several years Laura Boyes has selected and introduced movies shown seasonally in the Museum’s Lecture Hall. She is moviediva.com. These movies are usually shown on a weekly basis in the Fall/Winter and early Spring. Formerly they were seen on Friday nights, however, now they are shown on Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Her selections are mostly not mainstream and often older movies, but well done. Check the online NCMA site for upcoming films - you may be surprised and delighted!
Written February 25, 2020
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24lorraineS
Cary, NC700 contributions
Oct 2020
First visit since prior to Covid and it was perfect! There are several new exhibits to view and it is easy to maneuver safely through them all. The guards are always pleasant and helpful with lots of information regarding the exhibits. I particularly enjoyed Good as Gold - showing Senegalese women’s jewelry and the story behind these influential ladies of the Senegal area of Africa. Also not to miss is the Christopher Holt frescoe exhibit of his wall painting in Asheville - very impressive. The exhibit of NC contemporary artists is also worthwhile. Some very creative artists on view. Don’t be concerned about visiting the museum - you will love it and feel safe!
Written October 15, 2020
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Courtney P
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We attended with teen children and thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous temperatures for February. The art inside was a beautiful atmosphere but I recommend taking a hike to observe the outdoor art. There are maps and trails with distances available. It’s a great place to let kiddos of all ages run and play, don’t forget the dogs are welcome too!
Written February 13, 2020
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tayrich99
Alexandria, VA130 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
After living here for so long, I took the time to visit the museum, they current have a Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit on display which I found pretty awesome. The museum staff were very helpful and kind. The museum itself is very clean and quiet and you have time to really see you the artifacts. The museum is made up of two buildings each with cafes and gift shops, there’s an amphitheater and a ton of trails for walking and cycling, there’s a bike share station for riders. Great place to pass the afternoon.
Written January 13, 2020
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Jennifer
Glen Burnie, MD156 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
Unfortunately the day I visited, the museum closed early due to potential bad weather in the area. So I only saw about half of the things on display. They have a large African art section, a temporary Egyptian mummy exhibition and a great collection of European art. Sadly, although European art is my favorite, I didn’t get to see much of it due to getting kicked out early. They have a Dutch masters exhibition which is great. They also have several Monet paintings. My biggest gripe is that they don’t sell postcards of the art in the gift shop. One of my favorite things to do is get postcards of my favorite pieces in the museum so I can look at them again later. Every other museum has these so I thought it was weird that they didn’t. I also am so used to postcards that I didn’t take any photos of my favorite paintings as I presumed I could buy one in the gift shop.
Written March 18, 2021
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