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North Carolina Museum of Art

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Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
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+1 919-839-6262
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

One of the leading art museums in the American South, the North Carolina...

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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What a fine experience

Yummy vittles in a most sleek and earthy, high-end environment; quite reasonable dining for the lovely environment. Food is consistently delightful and service is above average. A... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2015
Jen S
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 14, 2015

Yummy vittles in a most sleek and earthy, high-end environment; quite reasonable dining for the lovely environment. Food is consistently delightful and service is above average. A hidden gem--go early and walk the museum, relax, shop--enjoy!

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed June 14, 2015

Have visited museum on several occasions. Have seen beautiful paintings. The garden is lovely. The cafes are great as is the gift shop. Wish they would have exhibitions of famous paintings more frequently,

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Sutton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

The museum is free, 2 building east & west. Many portraits,paintings & statues from a variety of time periods. Friendly & helpful staff. The east building has a cafe. Nice grounds to stroll around. You won't be disappointed

Thank Howard W
Wilmington NC
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Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

So we didn't eat at the restaurant or actually go into the museum. Just went to a concert. Very nice grounds good place to sit. There is reserved seating on wooden benches, open seating in the grass and on cement steps. Good acoustics. Catering with service by the restaurant so they had very good wines for sale by the bottle... More 

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Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

I have always enjoyed coming to NCMA and feel lucky to live only 20 minutes away. The museum exceeded my expectations yesterday with a Pop-up art activity at the pavilion in the museum park. They provided the kids with kits containing clay, wire and metal trinkets to make a tree. They had a blast and were very proud of the... More 

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Reviewed June 10, 2015

You'll be surprised at the quality of artwork and the stunning architecture. The outdoor water garden is stunning. The restaurant has delicious food, and the gift shop has many fun items.

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Morrisville, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 9, 2015

Friday evenings there is usually a free concert by local musicians which can be anything from flamingo guitar music to jazz. There is also a nice restaurant there and various family events like outdoor movies and craft activities for kids. I do believe it has the most outdoor walking trails out of any other art museum.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 8, 2015

What a wonderful exhibit of flowers and art together. The fresh flower displays were breathtaking, it is a must see and bring your camera next. Origami instructor was there to show the children how to paper fold which was very intriguing to watch. Looking forward to 2016.

Thank Gloria R
Apex, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 8, 2015

We really enjoy visiting the museum. It has been a great experience to bring the kids up w/ some amount of culture in our backyard. The new section has added a more modern flare to the place - it is very bright and open and there are numerous additional statues which weren't a part of the layout previously.

Thank Peter W
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 7, 2015

The NC Museum of Art has permanent exhibits that in themselves are worth the trip to Raleigh to view and enjoy. However, this museum has had special exhibits that are world class. I had opportunities to see original Monet oil paintings as well as Rodin statues. In addition to these pieces of art was the special showing of the Normal... More 

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