The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park connects art, nature, and people to encourage creative experiences and human interactions. It features temporary and permanent public art installations by international artists, environmentally sustainable landscapes, colorful and contemporary gardens, miles of recreational trails, and a terraced pond. Choose your own adventure in the Park: Step inside a cloud chamber. Picnic near the iconic trio of Gyre rings, or relax on the Ellipse lawn. Bike and jog along the Capital Area Greenway and wooded trails. Discover points of interest on trailside signs with information on art and the history of the NCMA, and participate in recreational programs and performing arts. Visit the Park often to find your own special connection, and sign up for email updates to learn more about Park events and news.

Please note: There will be fencing around a restoration project for House Creek, adjacent to the Blue Loop trail, Mondays–Fridays from September 18 to October 13. The trail will remain open, but please be mindful of this project and use caution in this section of the Museum Park. Also please avoid the construction staging sites in overflow parking areas.

Park Art 1

The NCMA 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.

<p>Maria Elena González, <em>You & Me</em>, 2010</p>

There has never been a better time to explore the NCMA Park! It is free and open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk. The Museum encourages Park visitors to have a safe, rewarding experience. Rules are posted for the protection of visitors and the environment, and the Park is patrolled by Park staff and Museum security. Please help preserve and respect the Park’s natural resources, works of art, and other visitors by observing the regulations below.

The NCMA Park has been transformed over the 30 years since the Museum 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 NCMA Park provides a unique opportunity for experiencing art and active living.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is grateful to the following donors who have made major contributions to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park and the Art in  the Environment Fund:


The 1947 Society (Gifts of $1,000,000 and more)

Joseph M. Bryan, Jr.

Ann and Jim Goodnight

The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund


$500,000 –$999,999

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Estate of Ruby Crumpler McSwain

North Carolina State Art Society



Ernest and Ruby McSwain Charitable Foundation

Tom and Pat Gipson GSK

Harriet Jackson Phelps Charitable Trust

Hunter Industries, Inc.

John Deere Foundation Thomas S. Kenan III

National Endowment for the Arts



Estate of Mrs. Warner L. Atkins

Libby and Lee Buck

Duke Energy

The Hartfield Foundation David R. Hayworth

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services



A. J. Fletcher Foundation BB&T

Julia and Frank A. Daniels, Jr.

Dover Foundation, Inc.

Mrs. James Ficklen, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Froelich, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Hobgood, Jr.

Institute of Museum and   Library Services

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.*

Frances M. and William R. Roberson, Jr.

Joel and Christy Shaffer

Mr. and Mrs. J. Willie York



Holly and Bill Blanton

Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Borden

Mrs. Starke S. Dillard, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Hamrick

Carol and Rick McNeel

Mills Family Foundation Rauch Industries, Inc.

SunTrust Bank

U.S. Department of Education