The North Carolina Museum of Art

Tours

Daily Museum Tours

Tuesdays–Fridays | 1:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays | 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Enjoy an introduction to the Museum’s collection with our free guided tour of West Building, “Explore the Collection.” No reservations are necessary—meet at the West Building Information Desk. For individuals and groups smaller than 10.

Weekend Family-Friendly Tours

Saturdays and Sundays | 10:30 am
Half-hour tours of permanent collection for kids age 5–11 and their adult companions. Join a Museum guide for a lively discussion and activities in the galleries.
Free. Sign up that day; first come, first served. Meet at West Building Information Desk.

Themes change monthly.

  • September: Popular Pics. Visit family favorites from the permanent collection.
  • October: Portraits and People. Meet some of the interesting people in the permanent collection.
  • November: Food and Family. Explore works that celebrate food and family traditions.
  • December: Little Dutch Masters. An interactive tour of the NCMA’s Dutch collection.

"Meet Your Museum" Tours

Saturdays and Sundays | 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

With a 164-acre campus, two buildings, an amphitheater, a park, and several gardens, the NCMA offers much to see and do. This free guided tour introduces visitors to the Museum buildings, central Plaza, and related works of art. No reservations are necessary—meet at the West Building Information Desk.

Friday Night Sound Bites

Fridays, 6 pm and 7 pm
Free. No reservations necessary.

Meet at West Building Information Desk. Join a Museum docent for a casual 20-minute discussion in the galleries, focusing on a compelling work of art or theme.

Friday, October 3 | 6 pm

Friday Night Sound Bites: Curious Combinations

The ways artists combine imagery can mystify as much as suggest meaning. Tease out the... Read more >

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Friday, October 3 | 7 pm

Friday Night Sound Bites: Curious Combinations

The ways artists combine imagery can mystify as much as suggest meaning. Tease out the... Read more >

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Friday, October 10 | 6 pm

Friday Night Sound Bites: Texture

Study texture in an American impressionist’s view of pastoral France.

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Friday, October 10 | 7 pm

Friday Night Sound Bites: Texture

Study texture in an American impressionist’s view of pastoral France.

Join a Museum docent... Read more >

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Friday, October 17 | 6 pm

Friday Night Sound Bites: The Bigger, the Better

Sometimes size does matter. See what grand scale does for a Flemish royal portrait.

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Friday, October 17 | 7 pm

Friday Night Sound Bites: The Bigger, the Better

Sometimes size does matter. See what grand scale does for a Flemish royal portrait.

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Sunday, November 2 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Friday, November 7 | 6:30 pm

Dining After Dark: Making Faces

Join curator Dennis Weller for this fascinating look at Dutch art as he brings us face to face... Read more >

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Sunday, November 9 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Saturday, November 15 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Sunday, November 16 | 11:30 am

Guided Tours: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Saturday, November 22 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Sunday, November 23 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Sunday, November 30 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Saturday, December 6 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Sunday, December 7 | 11:30 am

Guided Tour: Small Treasures

Enjoy a one-hour docent-led tour of the Small Treasures exhibition. Reserve online or through... Read more >

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Saturday, December 13 | 11 am

Special Family Tours: Small Treasures

Explore the exhibition Small Treasures during an interactive tour led by Museum family guides.... Read more >

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Saturday, December 13 | 2 pm

Special Family Tours: Small Treasures

Explore the exhibition Small Treasures during an interactive tour led by Museum family guides.... Read more >

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Sunday, December 14 | 11 am

Special Family Tours: Small Treasures

Explore the exhibition Small Treasures during an interactive tour led by Museum family guides.... Read more >

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Sunday, December 14 | 2 pm

Special Family Tours: Small Treasures

Explore the exhibition Small Treasures during an interactive tour led by Museum family guides.... Read more >

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Adult Group Tours

What better way to experience the permanent collection and special exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art than through a guided group tour? We welcome your organization, club, business, church group, or social group for a one-hour docent-led tour for 10 or more people. Learn more.

School Group Tours

The art and history of the world’s cultures await you and your students. Take a docent-guided tour of the permanent collection or exhibitions tailored to grade levels and many subject areas. Learn more.

Tours for Visitors with
Vision Loss

The North Carolina Museum of Art offers docent-led tours for visitors with vision loss. Tours include tactile explorations and audio descriptions of selected works in the permanent collection. Ancient figurative sculpture and numerous bronzes by Auguste Rodin are highlighted during these 1- to 1.5-hour tours. Service animals are welcome. For more information or to schedule a free tour, contact Beth Shaw McGuire or call (919) 664-6778. More about Accessibility at the Museum.

Cell Phone Tour

Listen to casual remarks by curators, educators, and scholars about works in the galleries and Park using your own cell phone. An audio wand, which features the indoor portion of the tour, is also available at the Information Desk, West Building, for $3 (free for members).

To listen on your own MP3 player, download the Cell Phone Tour (98 Mb, also available in Spanish).

Sponsored by Verizon Wireless

Sound Track Experience

This innovative audio program uses sound to help you discover your own interpretations of works in the collection. Access this free tour by borrowing an audio player from the Information Desk, West Building.

To listen on your own MP3 player, download the Sound Track Experience (53 Mb).