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.
The Museum Park art program facilitates collaborations among artists, designers, and environmental scientists to create works of art inspired by the natural world. Artists are commissioned by the Museum to create site-specific temporary and permanent works that directly engage the landscape and present new perspectives on the natural world, exploring our relationship to the environment and the role of nature in contemporary society.
The Museum encourages Park visitors to have a safe, rewarding experience. Rules are posted for the protection of visitors and the environment. Please help preserve and respect the Park’s natural resources, works of art, and other visitors by observing the regulations. 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.
The Museum Park has been transformed over the 30 years since the NCMA opened on Blue Ridge Road, growing from the original 50-acre site in 1983 to the current 164-acre campus of trails amid outdoor sculpture. The Museum Park provides a unique opportunity for experiencing art and active living.
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