With West Building closed for the reimagining of the People’s Collection, we’re working to ensure visitors can access as much art as possible between now and the big reopening on October 8. Here are a few ways you can spend your summer at the Museum.
Click to hear artist Willie Cole speak about his amazing water bottle chandelier in the exhibition Fault Lines: Art and the Environment: “The bottle is like a casket delivering life to humans.”
Cool off inside East Building and visit our free special exhibitions:
- Through July 17: Fault Lines: Art and the Environment, which features 14 contemporary artists’ responses to current environmental issues and the companion exhibition TO BE RATHER THAN TO SEEM
- Through July 31: The Altered Environment, showcasing landscape photography from the Museum collection that explores how we shape the natural world
- June 11 through August 21: Becoming the NCMA: 10 Decades of Collecting, 1924–2022, featuring favorites and rarely seen treasures from the Museum collection
- Opening August 20: Outlandish: Photographs by Ralph Burns | Photographs from Allen G. Thomas Jr., including photography that explores the peculiarities of human expression
Snacks and Sips
In East Building, East Café remains open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. It has coffee and espresso drinks, entrees, and grab-and-go options ready for a picnic in the Park. Its patio also features new umbrella-shaded tables.
If you’re closer to the Ellipse and the upper parking lot, take a break at our new Welcome Center. It has both food and retail items available inside, accessible Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Outside, the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. The 25th anniversary Outdoor Performing Arts and Film season, presented by First Citizens Bank, continues through October with concerts, dance performances, outdoor movies, and more, including the new series Jazz at the NCMA.
Events and Programs
Our campus stays alive with family tours, studio programs, group exercise classes, Mindful Museum programming, and more. Bookmark our events calendar to see what’s on the schedule.