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North Carolina Museum of  Art

Re-creating a wonder the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh


Same location, new museum that’s the story of the North Carolina Museum of Arts $70 million expansion project. The dazzling new 127,000-square-foot gallery space was unveiled in spring 2010, setting up across from the former museum which now serves as a show space for traveling exhibitions. With its aluminum paneling and reflective glass, the new museum building looks pretty unremarkable at first glance, it's a different story once inside though, as the space's white walls, oak flooring, and open layout set the groundwork for an amazing display of art.

The star of the new space is sculpture; specifically, a sec of 23 works from Auguste Rodin that extends to a graceful outdoor courtyard. There's also an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. Ancient Egyptian artifacts, European Old Master paintings, and enchanting African works inside museum, all of which is lighted by more than 300 skylights.

A word of advice the museum is best seen slowly, requiring two to three hours for full exploration. Free audio tours are available in the lobby and free guided tours occur daily at 1:30 pm (no reservations required). If inclined, you can grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat at Iris, the museum restaurant, or browse some of the whimsical items for sale at the gift shop.

And if there's time, make sure you explore the rolling hills and wooded trials of the 164-acre museum park the largest art park in the country Bikers, picnickers, and dog walkers are all welcomed here, as a weaving set of trails connect it to nearby Meredith College and N,C State University.

NCMA is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh and is open Tuesday through Sunday Admission is free.

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Contact Info
(919) 839-6262, (919) 715-5923
(919) 733-8034

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