Museum Park at North Carolina

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Museum Park at North Carolina

The Museum Park consists of 164 acres, and its trail system leads visitors through natural areas and to commissioned works of art. Designed for walking, cycling and jogging, the paved trails connect to the Capital Area Greenway system; unpaved trails invite further exploration. A cell phone tour of sculptures in the park is available. Leashed dogs are welcome on paved trails. Free admission. Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset. Discover points of interest on trailside signs with information on art, plants, animals, and ecology. There’s always something new in the Park: festivals, new commissioned sculpture, and work days and tours throughout the year. Visit the Park often, and find your own special connection.


There has never been a better time to explore the Museum Park! It is free and open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk. The Park is patrolled by Park staff, Museum security, and the State Capitol Police.


Parking is available in the lot near East Building as well as in the main parking lot to the right of the Museum driveway. Both locations are near paved trailheads that lead directly into the Park.

Picnic Tables:

The Picnic Area is available for lunch or snacks and may be used by individuals, families, and school groups. The picnic tables cannot be reserved—they are available on a first-come first-served basis. They are frequently used by school groups at lunchtime Tuesdays through Thursdays. The tables are located in a grove of trees beyond the back Museum parking lot near East Building.

Park Rules:

The Museum encourages Park visitors to have a safe, rewarding experience. Rules are posted throughout the Park for the protection of visitors and the surrounding environment. Please help preserve and respect the Park’s natural resources, works of art, and other visitors by observing the regulations.

  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Do not disturb natural areas.
  • Bicycles are allowed on paved trails only. Yield to pedestrians.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times. Clean up after your dog.
  • Picnic in designated areas. Carry all of your trash out of the Park.
  • It is unlawful to possess firearms or other weapons on Museum grounds.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited (except those dispensed by permitted staff during events in the Park Theater).


The Museum Park’s trail system leads visitors through natural areas and to commissioned works of art. Designed for hiking, walking, and jogging only, the unpaved natural trails allow visitors to deeply experience art and nature. Cyclists, dogs, and self-propelled wheeled vehicles may travel only on the paved trails.

The Reedy Creek Greenway system is a paved multiuse pathway that runs through west Raleigh and connects the eastern portion of the Park to Meredith College and North Carolina State University via a pedestrian bridge. The greenway connects the western portion of the Museum Park to Umstead State Park and Schenck Forest.

2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
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