The North Carolina Museum of Art

Summer Camp at the NCMA

Let your child’s imagination soar this summer. These fun-filled camps are the perfect place to discover art, both indoors and out. Enhanced by exploration of the Museum’s galleries and Park, camps include drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture; nature walks; storytelling; and creative movement. Each camp’s offerings are unique, so children may enjoy more than one session. The Museum is also offering workshops for teens and preteens.

June 1–August 21
$250 Members (per camp)
$280 Nonmembers (per camp)

Registration opens to members February 3 and to the public February 24.

Summer Camp FAQs

You accept children ages 6-12. Will 6- and 12-year-olds be placed together?
Campers are grouped into two camps with 15 campers in each—one camp with 6–8-year-olds and one camp of 9–12-year-olds. Gallery, Park, and studio activities are age-appropriate.

Do you make exceptions for mature 5-year-olds?
No. Your child must be 6 years old at the start of camp.

What does my child need to bring?
Your child will need to bring a lunch, two snacks, and a drink. You may want to also send a refillable water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, and a bag or tote to carry these items.

What does my child need to wear to camp?
Campers should wear comfortable and layered clothing that can get dirty or soiled with art materials. Please be aware that some art materials, such as acrylic paint, can be difficult to remove from clothing. Campers should also wear closed-toed shoes.

What kinds of art will my child see?
Campers will view works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection every day. Camp instructors choose the works of art based on the camp theme, and discussions are age appropriate.

What kinds of art will my child make?
Campers will have a chance to use a variety of materials while at camp, including media for drawing, painting, and sculpting. Projects and creative expression opportunities are determined by professional art instructors based on camp themes and inspiration from the permanent collection and Museum Park.

Will my child go outside?
Campers will hike the Museum Park trails during instructor-led walks. Weather permitting, campers will also spend the lunch hour outside, with an opportunity for organized or free play.

How does the registration process work?
Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are cancellations, campers from the waiting list are contacted. Confirmation will be sent by mail shortly after all registration information has been received.

Camp Details

Each camp is Monday–Friday,
9 am–4:30 pm

Campers should bring a lunch, two snacks, and a drink.

Early morning drop-off at 8 am is available

Late afternoon pickup at 5:30 pm is available


Register through the NCMA Box Office online (camps are listed by start date on the calendar) or by calling (919) 715‑5923.

Download the Summer Camp Health Form and Suggested Items Checklist.

Cancellation Policy
To receive a refund (less $50 fee per student, per camp), you must cancel at least three weeks before the first day of the camp. No refunds will be made during the three weeks before each camp. If the NCMA cancels a camp, a full refund will be made.

Financial Assistance
The North Carolina Museum of Art offers a limited number of camp and workshop scholarships to families that demonstrate financial need. Send e-mail to Angela Faulk or call (919) 664-6855 for more information.