The North Carolina Museum of Art

Planning a Family Visit

Admission to the North Carolina Museum of Art is FREE for the whole family; no tickets or reservations required except for some special exhibitions.

Preparing for your visit

  • Have a discussion with your children about what they think they might see at a museum.
  • Talk about best behavior in a museum: using an inside voice, looking with your eyes and not your hands, walking (not running), and staying with your group.
  • Find out about current exhibitions on view during your visit that might also be of interest to your family.

At the NCMA

  • Make your first stop the Information Desk in East or West building to get directions and find out about other family-friendly events.
  • Tours in a Tote can be checked out from the Information Desk in West Building.
  • Baby strollers are welcome at the Museum, but their use may be restricted near fragile art on in busy galleries. Strollers can be stored in the coat closets in the main lobby of East or West building. You may also check out a stroller from the Information Desk in either building.
  • Baby changing stations are located in the front lobby restrooms in both East and West buildings.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in Museum galleries.
  • You may sketch in the galleries—but with pencil only, please.

After Your Visit

CREATE. Make art inspired by the works you saw in the Museum galleries.

COLLECT. A museum is a collection of art. Start a collection of things special to your family.

READ. Visit the online Museum Store or your local library for books about artists and art you found interesting.

LEARN MORE. Explore the family-friendly What’s in the Box? online gallery to find out more about art and artists in the NCMA.