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.
Art in the Park
The Park’s trail system leads visitors through natural areas and to commissioned works of art. Designed for hiking, walking, and jogging only, the unpaved natural trails allow visitors to deeply experience art and nature. Cyclists and self-propelled wheeled vehicles may travel on the paved trails only.
The Reedy Creek Greenway system is a paved multiuse pathway that runs through west Raleigh and connects the eastern portion of the Park to Meredith College and North Carolina State University via a pedestrian bridge. The greenway connects the western portion of the Museum Park to Umstead State Park and Schenck Forest.
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 Museum’s 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 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.
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
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
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.
U.S. Department of Education