The Museum is open with updated hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Following local ordinances, visitors are required to wear a mask inside all buildings, including restrooms and concession buildings, and at outdoor events. For some events participants ages 13 and up must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 NAAT or PCR test result; test results must be within 72 hours of the event. Check individual event pages to see if this applies; at this time it is not required for gallery, exhibition, tour, or Park visits. Learn more at

Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park

The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park connects art, nature, and people to encourage creative experiences and human interactions. It features temporary and permanent public art installations by international artists, environmentally sustainable landscapes, colorful and contemporary gardens, miles of recreational trails, and a terraced pond. Choose your own adventure in the Park. Step inside a cloud chamber. Picnic near the iconic trio of Gyre rings, or relax on the Ellipse lawn. Bike and jog along the Capital Area Greenway and wooded trails. Discover points of interest on trail-side signs with information on art and the history of the NCMA, and participate in recreational programs and performing arts. Visit the Park often to find your own special connection, and sign up for email updates to learn more about Park events and news.

Park Info

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

Park Projects

The Museum Park has been transformed over the 30 years since the Museum opened on Blue Ridge Road, growing from the original 50-acre site in 1983 to the current 164-acre campus of trails amid outdoor sculpture. The Park provides a unique opportunity for experiencing art and active living.

Park Welcome Center

Construction is now underway on the Park Welcome Center, which opens in late 2021. The Welcome Center is located next to the Museums parking lots along Blue Ridge Road, near the 100-year-old smokestack. Visitors may experience construction vehicles entering the building site from the District Drive entrance and should use caution approaching or leaving the Museum campus. The completed Welcome Center will provide restrooms, meeting space, and a covered deck with views to the smokestack and upper Park.


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 Expansion

From August 2015 through September 2016, the Museum created new tree-lined parking, contemporary gardens, a promenade connecting Park and galleries, and an elliptical lawn overlooking the Park’s beautiful rolling meadow.
Summer 2016

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.

April 2013

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.

August 2012

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.

October 2010

Museum Pond and Sustainable Irrigation System

With generous support from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Museum’s retention pond was redesigned to aesthetically control and clean storm water before it enters North Carolina’s streams and rivers. Terraces are planted with native perennials and ornamental grasses. As water moves across these various ecosystems, pollutants are filtered from the water via plant roots and soil particles. The pond renovation is part of a comprehensive storm water management initiative for the Museum campus, which also includes a 90,000-gallon underground water storage cistern, rain gardens, and drought-tolerant plantings and fescue lawn.
April 2010

West Building Landscape

The lush sculpture gardens, designed by Lappas + Havener, unite stunning landscape design and sustainable environmental standards. Gravel and paved paths lead to striking works of art, some especially commissioned for the new landscape. Three reflecting ponds filled with water lilies and lotus plants accent the outdoor gathering spaces. The sustainable water management system ties into the Museum Pond.
November 2004

Pedestrian Bridge

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.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is grateful to the following donors who have made major contributions to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park and the Art in the Environment Fund:

The 1947 Society (Gifts of $1,000,000 and more)

Joseph M. Bryan, Jr.

Ann and Jim Goodnight

The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund

$500,000 –$999,999

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Estate of Ruby Crumpler McSwain

North Carolina State Art Society


Ernest and Ruby McSwain Charitable Foundation

Tom and Pat Gipson


Harriet Jackson Phelps Charitable Trust

Hunter Industries, Inc.

John Deere Foundation

Thomas S. Kenan III

National Endowment for the Arts


Estate of Mrs. Warner L. Atkins

Libby and Lee Buck

Duke Energy

The Hartfield Foundation

David R. Hayworth

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services


A. J. Fletcher Foundation


Julia and Frank A. Daniels, Jr.

Dover Foundation, Inc.

Mrs. James Ficklen, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Froelich, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Hobgood, Jr.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.

Frances M. and William R. Roberson, Jr.

Joel and Christy Shaffer

Mr. and Mrs. J. Willie York


Holly and Bill Blanton

Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Borden

Mrs. Starke S. Dillard, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Hamrick

Carol and Rick McNeel

Mills Family Foundation

Rauch Industries, Inc.

SunTrust Bank

U.S. Department of Education

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