CAM Raleigh
CAM Raleigh
3.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles43 reviews
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Don N
Raleigh, NC2,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
CAM stands for Contemporary Art Museum. The Museum is in the Warehouse District of Raleigh and the price is right yes it's free!

This is a nice small museum only open presently Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Features various contemporary art with periodic changing exhibits. See pictures for examples. Has a nice contemporary sitting area that is a good place to relax

While not large this museum is worth a stop. Only takes about a half hour to go through.
Written June 27, 2021
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DesertRoses2015
Chandler, AZ45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
I visited here with a group on a Friday afternoon. There were about a dozen patrons including us. Admission was free, although they accept donations.

The main exhibit up at the time was the Camstellation, an exhibit of hundreds of 2D work by local artists. The range of media, subjects, and technique was impressive and the overall impact of seeing so much diversity of vision and expression was inspiring.

I enjoyed the hour I spent at the museum and recommend it to anyone in the area needing brief getaway from the daily grind.
Written July 23, 2016
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ArtsyGalBaltimore
Maryland851 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Visited the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh on a Friday; the first Friday of the month is free. There were two exhibits, one a photography series by Maria Guiterrez (enchanting odd mix with a live model with mannequins) and the Horse & Buggy Press. Original copies of a wide range of publications, posters, business cards, and ads were on display. I appreciated the experience of holding the books and reading selections. Upstairs an exhibit by local artists seemed to be being staged. I would not make a special trip to CAM. Raleigh needs to invest in a permanent collection for this downtown location. There does seem to be a palpable sense of excitement among the staff. --Given the first Friday, I would recommend nearby Gallery 31, a series of galleries of local artists where one can discover great finds! There is a real sense of community and love of art and I would recommend patronizing it.
Written July 5, 2016
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cheryl h
Durham, NC57,565 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
I've seen pictures online of some of the exhibits and the art museum looked like something I would enjoy so we decided to make a trip to Raleigh to see it. On our visit it was basically empty with only some small art on the wall. I was very disappointed and glad we didn't pay to get in. I would suggest calling before you go to find out what is on exhibit. I was hoping to see some of the large, interesting contemporary art that I saw in the pictures.
Written December 7, 2017
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Feather1454
Chicago, IL4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
There was one mural, one painting, and two small sculptures for the admission price of $5. I asked the receptionist to be sure if there wasn't anything else, and she assured me that any other exhibits had closed a week or two before.
Written May 13, 2017
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Carbon Theseus
Waynesboro, VA36 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
$5 to get it -- not bad until you realize the museum is only open another half an hour and the staff omitted that information. It was fine again, once I realized everything could be viewed in 15-20 minutes. The whole time I was there, a loud staff meeting was being held. I could barely hear or pay attention to the video being played a floor below the meeting, as they were loud and right above me. There are plenty of galleries and other free things to do in Raleigh. I recommend those instead of this seemingly hit-or-miss museum.
Written May 20, 2016
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angie s
Tampa, FL308 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
What the museum had was somewhat interesting but there was so little of it! We were finished with the entire museum in 15 minutes-and we walked really slow and read every card!
Written August 29, 2014
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southernconcierge
Atlanta, GA110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Solo
The CAM offers a really intimate look at some outstanding art pieces. I was lucky enough to visit during a day that they were prepping an installation for that very evening. The staff explained the pieces and allowed me to get a first look.

After a look at the Angel Otero exhibit on display, I was pleased to have a brief conversation with one of the staff members, who was incredibly knowledgable on art history and technique, and seemed just as excited to explain as I was to learn.

The place isn't huge, but it really isn't meant to be. These are the sort of localized experiences we should look for in the art world, rather than massive, impersonal museums that are the staple of larger cities.
Written February 3, 2013
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SLewis001
Cary, NC35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
Always something interesting that will stop you in your tracks and make you think. Love the various artists that show here...you have to put some time aside to visit
Written June 22, 2012
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Sparkles
Raleigh, NC854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
My children took me to this art museum as part of my Mother’s Day celebration yesterday. It is free admission and they accept donations. It is a walk-in, no reservations required.

There are two levels to this museum. The artwork in there is deep and thought-provoking. I believe they rotate different artists at different times. There are a few areas where you can sit if needed.

What I enjoyed about this art museum besides, the art of course, is that they give not only biographical information about each artist, but they also provide an overview of that artist’s style and a summary of the collection of art that is being presented for that artist.

The atmosphere is serene and conducive for an art museum. Everything is spaced out nicely to give room to multiple people viewing at the same time. The building is also maintained at a good temperature.
Written May 15, 2023
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