Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park
The NCMA continues to develop the Park to improve visitor experience through design that grounds the Museum in its natural and cultural surroundings. Find out more in the 2021 Museum Park Vision Plan.
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Art in the Park
- The Museum Park is open free to the public from dawn to dusk.
- A Cardinal Bikeshare kiosk is located at the Reedy Creek Road entrance. Rent a bike to ride the paved trails.
- Bus stops are located at both Reedy Creek Road and District Drive entrances. See the Go Raleigh Blue Ridge Road Bus Schedule.
- Bike or walk to the Museum Park via the Capital Area Greenway.
- Construction and trail closures:
- Work is underway in the southeast corner of the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park as part of the I-440 improvement project. All work is taking place in the right-of-way and not on Museum Park property. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022. If you have any questions, please visit the NC Department of Transportation website.
- The DHHS, COR, and DOT will begin work along Blue Ridge Road effective August 2022, ending in 2025. We will do our best to provide updates of major disruptions as we know of them. We look forward to these positive contributions planned for the Blue Ridge corridor.
- Lunar Bird, 1945, Joan Miró
- Abstract Fish no. 4, 2016, James Prosek
- Rodin Garden
- Ogromna, 2009, Ursula von Rydingsvard
- Askew, 2009, Roxy Paine
- Untitled, 1986, Ellsworth Kelly
- Knife Edge, 1961, Henry Spencer Moore
- Three Elements, 1965, Ronald Bladen
- Untitled, 1989, Joel Elias Shapiro
- Union 060719, 2019, Hoss Haley
- Flight Wind Reeds, 2003, Bill and Mary Buchen
- Mirror Labyrinth NY, 2016, Jeppe Hein
- Picture This, 1994–97, Barbara Kruger, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, and Nicholas Quennell
- Ulau, 2001, Mark di Suvero
- Collapse I, 2000, Ledelle Moe
- Gyre, 1999, Thomas Sayre
- Ernest and Ruth, 2015, Hank Willis Thomas
- Whisper Bench, 2008, Jim Gallucci
- Large Spindle Piece, 1974, Henry Spencer Moore
- No Fuss, 2003–8, Mark di Suvero
- Installation 1–183, 2019, Daniel Johnston
- Crossroads/Trickster I, 2005, Martha Jackson-Jarvis
- Wind Sculpture II, 2013, Yinka Shonibare, MBE
- Wind Machine, 2002, Vollis Simpson
- Invasive, 2008, Steed Taylor
- Benches and bicycle racks, 2005, Alvin Frega
- Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky, 2003, Chris Drury
- You & Me, 2010, Maria Elena González
- Untitled, 2007, Ledelle Moe
- Park Pictures, ongoing, various artists
- A Closer Look, 2010, Tim Purus
The Welcome Center is located adjacent to the upper Museum parking lots along Blue Ridge Road, near the smokestack. Restrooms, water fountains, food, and select retail items are available. Families can check out free Park Packs filled with materials in English and Spanish during food and retail hours. Restrooms are open daily dawn to dusk; food and retail hours are seasonal, with current hours Saturday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Invasive Species Control
Museum Park staff members have expertise in horticulture and ecology. They consult with specialists at NC State to determine how best to handle the kudzu and blackberries on the Museum campus. These invasive species threaten other wildlife such as native trees. Volunteers and staff cut back the vines and bushes and carefully apply chemicals to slow their progress. But these invasive species will never fully disappear, making constant maintenance necessary.
Park Volunteer Toolshed
The Museum partnered with North Carolina State University’s School of Architecture on a toolshed for volunteers. (The Museum also partnered with the school in 2012 for a pond platform project.) Graduate students in a summer 2016 Design/Build program led by Durham architects Randall Lanou and Ellen Cassilly designed and built the toolshed in the Carla McKinney Volunteer Garden. The structure supports volunteers’ weekly work in the Museum Park and provides a covered space for future programs in the garden.
Blue Loop Trail
Through a generous gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Museum undertook a major expansion and revision of Park trails. The centerpiece of the project is a one-mile trail (the Blue Loop) for walking and cycling that opened a new section of the Park.
Pond Platform (“The Turning Point”)
The Museum partnered with NC State’s School of Architecture for this project. Graduate students in a summer Design/Build program led by architects Ellen Cassilly and Randy Lanou designed and built a viewing platform off the wooded path. From its deck visitors have a view across the water back to the Museum, reinforcing connections between Park and galleries while providing a respite and gathering place.
Museum Pond and Sustainable Irrigation System
West Building Landscape
A connector between two pieces of the Reedy Creek Greenway system, the 660-foot-long, 12-foot-wide triple-arch bridge provides safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists over the busy I–440 Beltline.