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.
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.
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 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 NCMA Park provides a unique opportunity for experiencing art and active living.
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