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.


PARTICIPATE: Activate the Senses

December 18, 2021—July 3, 2022
East Building, Level C

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to discover art in new ways? PARTICIPATE invites visitors to immerse themselves in a combination of tactile and digital experiences that engage various senses—sight, hearing, touch, and smell. Listen to the whistle of an ancient vessel, feel the beadwork of a ceremonial belt, smell the food in a still life painting, and more.

Become a member today to enjoy special savings! Learn more about the perks of membership, including free exhibition tickets.

A virtual tour in American Sign Language and audio descriptions of each artwork and sensory station are available.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. Generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.



The NCMA would like to thank our Exhibition Leadership Committee:

The Mann Family Foundation
Ilene Siegler and Charles Edelman


Copy after Luis Egidio Meléndez, Still Life with a Plate of Cherries, Plums, Cheese, and a Pitcher, after circa 1830, oil on canvas, 17 1/2 × 13 in., Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)

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