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Please note: West Building is now closed through October 7, 2022, to complete an exciting reinstallation of the People’s Collection. During this time enjoy free exhibitions on view in East Building, indoor and outdoor events and programming, and the 164-acre Museum Park. We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting October 8, 2022. Learn more about this project.

Museum Collection

The NCMA's art collection had its beginning in 1947 when the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $1 million for the purchase of works of art. With this appropriation, the General Assembly became the first state legislature in the United States to set aside funds for an art collection for its citizens.

Pierre-Jacques Volaire, The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1777, oil on canvas, 53 1/8 × 89 in., Purchased with funds from the Alcy C. Kendrick Bequest and the State of North Carolina, by exchange
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