Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed marks the North Carolina Museum of Art's first design exhibition, exploring the history and development of the Porsche lineage from the 1930s to the present day.

the Exhibition

Featuring 22 automobiles, Porsche by Design presents cars owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, and Janis Joplin, as well as the one-of-a-kind Panamericana concept car on loan from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

Car lovers will appreciate the rarity and engineering genius of the automobiles on view. Art lovers will be intrigued by Porsche design and the connections that can be drawn with other works of art. All will gain a deep appreciation for hallmarks of the Porsche make: beauty, artistry, technology, and innovation.

Automotive journalist and museum consultant Ken Gross, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, is the exhibition curator, and Barbara Wiedemann of the NCMA is managing curator.

Porsche by Design is accompanied by a richly illustrated exhibition catalogue, featuring essays by Derek Bell, Miles C. Collier, Robert Cumberford, Ken Gross, Cameron Healy, Cam Ingram, Randy Leffingwell, Karl Ludvigsen, Pete Lyons, Michael Mauer, Denise McCluggage, Dan Neil, and Jeff Zwart. 

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is also made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.
Images: Porsche Type 356 Gmünd Coupe, 1949, Courtesy of the Ingram Collection, Photograph © 2013 Michael Furman. IROC Porsche Type 911 Carrera RSR, 1974, Courtesy of the William E. (Chip) Connor Collection, Photograph © 2013 Michael Furman.
the Cars
  • 1938 Porsche Type 64 Berlin-Rom Racer
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  • 1949 Porsche Type 356 Gmünd Coupe
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  • 1953 Porsche Type 550 Prototype
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  • 1958 Porsche Type 356 Speedster 1600 Super
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  • 1960 Porsche Type 718 RS60
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  • 1961 Porsche Type 356B 1600 Carrera GTL Abarth Coupe
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  • 1962 Porsche Type 804
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  • 2010 Porsche Type 911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Car Prototype
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  • 1989 Porsche Panamericana Concept Car
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  • 1964 Porsche Type 356C Carrera 2 Coupe
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  • 1965 Porsche Type 904/6 Prototype
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  • 1963 Porsche Type 901 Prototype
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  • 1965 Porsche Type 356C Cabriolet
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  • 1968 Porsche Type 908K Prototype
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  • 1990 Porsche Type 962C
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  • 2005 Porsche Type 980 Carrera GT
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  • 1988 Porsche Type 959
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  • 1977 Porsche Type 935 “Baby"
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  • 1969 Porsche Type 917 16-cylinder Spyder Prototype
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  • 1971 Porsche Type 917K
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  • 1974 IROC Porsche Type 911 Carrera RSR
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  • 2010 Porsche Type 911 Sport Classic Carrera
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the Videos
your Visit

North Carolina Museum of Art

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  • Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm
  • Friday 10 am–9 pm
  • Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
  • Monday Closed

The Museum Park is open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk.

SPECIAL MONDAY HOURS: The Museum will be open January 20 and 27. Check the calendar for details.

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Visitor parking is free and available in the Blue Ridge Lot, on the right after entering the Museum drive. Overflow parking is behind West Building, on the left after entering the Museum drive.

Visitor drop-off is located between West and East buildings and can be reached by turning left after entering the Museum drive and following the signs.


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Arrange group hotel accommodations or visits to other attractions in the Raleigh area through the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Porsche Biergarten, East Building

Keep your engine running with a light meal from our Porsche Biergarten (menu).

  • German-inspired cuisine, North Carolina craft beers on tap, wine, snacks
  • Quick counter service, family-style seating
  • Family friendly

The Biergarten presents events, including beer tastings, trivia nights, girls + gears nights, and Friday evening specials.

Tues.–Thurs., 10 am–4:30 pm
Fri., 10 am–8:30 pm
Sat.–Sun., 10 am–4:30 pm
Mon., Closed

Iris Restaurant, West Building

Iris is a sophisticated, full-service restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with regional and international flavors in a distinctly modern setting. Specializing in seasonal fare using many locally sourced ingredients, the Museum restaurant, led by chefs Andy and Jennifer Hicks, features culinary works of art that showcase a complex culture of flavors.

Reservations for Iris are accepted and encouraged. Call (919) 664-6838.

Tuesday–Saturday: 11:30 am–2 pm

Friday dinner: 5:30–10 pm (last seating 8:30 pm)

Sunday: 10:30 am–2:30 pm

Sip, West Building

Sip coffee bar is the perfect stop for coffee, espresso-based drinks, tea, and cookies. Sip is located adjacent to the Museum Store.

Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

Museum Policies

Photography for personal use is permitted in the Porsche by Design exhibition. To share your photos on social media, please use hashtag: #porschebydesign.

Still photography of the permanent collection, taken in existing light, is permitted on condition that the photographs are for personal, noncommercial use.

Tripods and video cameras are prohibited. Photography of special exhibitions is not permitted. Commercial photography is not allowed, except in special circumstances. See our Commercial Photography and Filming Policy for details.

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Guided Tours

Tour Porsche by Design with your group. Tours are available Tuesdays–Sundays, 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Request by phone or e-mail at least four weeks in advance. Availability is limited. Adult group tours of 10-60 people are free with paid admission to the exhibition. Contact: Christine Molesky, (919) 664-6785.

Free tour and admission for K-College students in groups of 10-60. One adult chaperon per 10 students is admitted free; additional adults must buy exhibition tickets. Contact: Jen Coon, (919) 664-6820.

More information about guided tours.

Audio Tours

Acoustiguide audio tours are available for purchase (cost is $5). The audio tour provides in-depth information about  the automobiles on view from experts in both design and automotive fields. Audio tours can be purchased at the Museum Box Office on the day of your visit.

The audio tour is also available for free:  streaming from the mobile site or as a download (14Mb zip). 


This exhibition is made possible, in part, by

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