Due to unforeseen circumstances and expected inclement weather, the Watchhouse concert originally scheduled for Saturday, October 1, has been rescheduled to Friday, October 28. Tickets for the original date can be used for the rescheduled date; just present your ticket at the new event. For additional assistance, or to request a refund, contact help@ncartmuseum.org during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Learn more on the event page.

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 the opening weekend celebration.

Virtual Humber Lecture: Foundations of the NCMA: 1924–1960

In the early 1950s, North Carolina invested $1 million in a state art collection, leading to the creation of the North Carolina Museum of Art in 1956. Lyle Humphrey, associate curator of European art and collections history, takes you on a decades-long journey through downtown Raleigh and beyond to explain how the Museum came to fruition.

Supported by the Robert Lee Humber Lectures Endowment

If you do not receive a confirmation email or for additional questions on the content of this program, email Maria Lopez.

We are working to make our online content accessible. If you need live captions or an ASL interpreter or have another request, email Felicia Ingram.

Photo Credit:

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh, 1938, photo courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina


May 27, 2021


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Free; registration required
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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