Please note: Due to incoming inclement weather, the Big Thief concert has been postponed for 24 hours and will now take place this Thursday, September 23. All tickets will be honored, and gate and show times will remain the same. If you are unable to attend due to the date change, please email, and we will issue a 100 percent refund.

The Museum is open with updated hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Free timed tickets for the Museum collection galleries encourage social distancing, and increased health and safety procedures are in place. Following local ordinances, visitors are required to wear a mask inside all buildings, including restrooms and concession buildings. For the safety of everyone, we ask that all outdoor event attendees wear masks both outdoors and indoors. Learn more about these updates at

Virtual Lunchtime Lecture: “A Museum for all the People: The NCMA between 1947 and 1960”

In the decade after World War II, North Carolina surprised art critics around the world when it appropriated over $1.5M in public funds to create a state art collection and museum for its four million citizens. Lyle Humphrey, associate curator of European art and collections history, tells the story of the NCMA’s founding and development between 1946 and 1960, including its purchase of an eye-popping core collection, early stewardship under a veteran museum director, Wilhelm R. Valentiner, and cultivation of a nationally significant donation from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.  This lecture is presented in concert with the exhibition Miracle on Morgan Street: The Foundations of the NCMA, 1947–1960.

For more information, email Maria Lopez, manager of film and lecture programs.

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.


Jan 14, 2021


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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