The North Carolina Museum of Art

Adult Group Tours

Group tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions are offered for organizations, clubs, businesses, church groups, social groups, and more. Choose from one of our engaging themed tours, and consider pairing your gallery experience with a dining opportunity catered by Iris restaurant.
Beginning in January, $50 fee for each group of 10 to 15. Deposit required with reservation.

Special Exhibition Tours

We are accepting reservation requests for guided tours of Line, Touch, Trace and Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection. Tuesdays–Sundays 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Please submit your request by phone (919) 664-6785 or email. Requesting tours at least four weeks in advance is encouraged but does not guarantee availability.

Tour-and-Lunch Package

Tour the permanent collection or special exhibition at 10:30 am and enjoy lunch catered by Iris restaurant at 11:30 am. For adult groups of 10–40. Availability is limited; set menu. For reservations call (919) 664-6785 or email Christine Molesky. Please make reservations at least four weeks in advance.

Highlights of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Discover a world of art in this welcoming introduction to the Museum’s permanent collection. From Egyptian mummy cases and Italian Renaissance masterpieces to thought-provoking modern and contemporary works, this tour has it all. Let us tailor the tour to meet your group’s needs, and enjoy all the Museum has to offer!

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!
Make a day of it at the Museum! Join us for a lively tour to delight all the senses. Take in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells that have inspired artists across centuries and cultures. After you’ve worked up an appetite in the galleries, dine on savory delights catered by Iris, the Museum Restaurant. Top off your experience with a visit to the Museum Store to find wonderful treasures to help you remember your experience.

Breaking the Rules:
Exploring Modern and Contemporary Art

Do some paintings and sculptures leave you speechless, asking yourself, “But . . . is it art?” Explore the innovative and often-challenging world of modern and contemporary art—and learn the difference between the two!—on this engaging tour. Compare the familiar with the new, and discover artists who broke the rules of tradition to create some of the most powerful, beautiful, and mind-boggling works in the collection.

Vive la France! Monet, Rodin, and More
Relax into a serene trip along the Seine, discovering the impressionists’ views of French cityscapes and countrysides. Then surround yourself with the powerful, gravity-defying beauty of Rodin’s figures cast in bronze. From sunlight-dappled canvases to the Rodin Garden’s shimmering reflecting pool, your journey will lead you through the masterworks of France. C’est magnifique!

The Arts of Africa: Tradition to Today
We invite you to discover the riches of African art and its influences and traditions. Marvel at the beauty of traditional African ceremonial objects and masquerade costumes, and explore the powerful influences African art continues to have on artists across countries and time.

Adult Group Tour Details

One-hour docent-led tours are offered for groups of 10 or more people.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm and 2 pm
Fridays, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Specially requested tours in French, Spanish, or German may be available for groups of up to 15.

Scheduling a Tour

For more information or to make a reservation for an adult group tour or a group tour plus dining, contact Christine Molesky by e-mail or phone at (919) 664-6785.

We strongly recommend that you request a tour at least four weeks in advance. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first-served basis.