The North Carolina Museum of Art

Museum Park

Encompassing over 160 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks, the Museum Park presents a unique setting to explore the intersection of art and nature. The Park art program extends into the landscape and invites visitors to encounter dramatic works of art by riding bicycles, walking dogs, or wandering along scenic paths. Step inside a cloud chamber. Picnic near spinning works of art, or jog along wooded trails. Discover points of interest on trailside signs with information on art, plants, animals, and ecology. Visit the Park often, and find your own special connection.

Visit

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 and Museum security.

Parking

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

A 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 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).

Trails

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 N.C. State University via a pedestrian bridge. The greenway connects the western portion of the Museum Park to Umstead State Park and Schenck Forest.

Download the Museum Park map before you visit.

Park Supporters

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, The Hartfield Foundation, Hunter Industries, John Deere, Ruby C. McSwain, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Wells Fargo Private Bank