We’re excited to welcome visitors back to a new Museum experience starting this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. Learn more about the free opening weekend celebration and see a full schedule of events celebrating the People’s Collection, reimagined. On Saturday, we anticipate parking to be at capacity throughout the day and encourage carpooling and/or alternative modes of transportation.

Plan Your Visit

Free to wander. Free to explore. We’ve reimagined every part of the People’s Collection. Except for the price. Visit your free North Carolina Museum of Art and 164-acre Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.

General Info

East and West Building Gallery Closures 

The Museum will complete a transformative reinstallation of its East and West buildings in 2022, offering a more dynamic experience of the arts for all through newly conceived thematic and interpretive galleries that connect the collection across place and time. To complete this work, some galleries will be closed starting in the spring and West Building will close to the public after May 29, reopening on October 8, 2022. Learn more about this project.

  • January 3, 2022: East Building exhibition level, studio and performing arts spaces, and East Café remain open, and featured works from our African arts collection go on view in West Building; East Building collection galleries go off view to begin construction
  • April and May 2022: Rolling closures of some West Building galleries; Judaic, Rodin, Italian, Dutch and Renaissance, and Modern and Contemporary galleries and a selection of works from the African arts collection will remain on view through May 29, 2022
  • May 29, 2022: West Building closes to the public
  • October 8, 2022: Reopening celebration, details to be announced

During this time, the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park remains open daily, dawn to dusk.

West Building, including Museum Store and Sip Coffee Bar and Café

Closed May 29, 2022, through October 7, 2022

East Building

Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

East Café

Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and some holidays (see below)

Museum Park and Welcome Center

Park open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk

Welcome Center restrooms open daily dawn to dusk; food and retail hours seasonal, with current hours Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

Please note: 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.

Gallery Holiday Closures

  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 24
  • Christmas: Saturday, December 24; Sunday, December 25
  • New Year’s Day: Saturday, January 1, 2023
  • Easter: Sunday, April 9, 2023

The Museum is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, in West Raleigh's Blue Ridge Corridor. Minutes from downtown and RDU Airport, the Corridor connects some of Raleigh's premiere health and wellness, arts and research, and entertainment and education organizations, including the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, UNC Rex Hospital, and much more, alongside residential neighborhoods, retail, and restaurants. Learn more about the Corridor here.

Museum Store

Visit the Museum Store to curate your own collection or select thoughtful items for loved ones. The Store is open during regular Museum gallery hours. For visitor safety the Store features social distancing markers and plexiglass shields at checkout.

Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and Museum Park is free.

Admission is charged to visit West Building and the permanent collection during the annual four-day fundraiser Art in Bloom. There is a charge for some special exhibitions and programs, such as concerts, films, classes, and performances.

Explore a variety of engaging programs for toddlers, teens, and everyone in between. Make cool art, see live performances, or take a family-friendly tour of the Museum. Our programs and in-gallery materials invite you to look, talk, and interpret works of art together.

Take public transportation to the NCMA via the GoRaleigh bus route 27. Information about the bus is available on GoRaleigh’s website. The Museum's two bus stops are located at District Drive and the main Museum entrance near Reedy Creek Road.

Visitor Parking

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

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.

General Policies

Please do not touch the works of art, as natural oils from hands and fingers can significantly damage these treasured objects. Please remain an arm’s length away from all objects.

Large packages, bags, briefcases, or other such objects are subject to search before entering the Museum and are prohibited in galleries. Check large items and bags at the lockers behind the Information Desk in either building. Suitcases and luggage are not allowed to be checked.

Strollers are welcome in the Museum and available to borrow if needed; however their use may be restricted near fragile art or in busy galleries. Baby carriers must be worn on the front of the body.

Any object that may pose a hazard to artwork or visitors is prohibited. These objects include, but are not limited to, umbrellas, food and drink, backpacks, lasers, gum, and knives. No firearms are allowed on Museum property. Glitter, confetti, balloons, and smoke bombs are not permitted in the Museum Park.

Only service dogs and miniature horses are permitted in the Museum.

Photography, Video Shoots, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Policies

Still photography of the permanent collection is permitted on condition that the photographs are for personal, noncommercial use. Flash photography is acceptable unless it disrupts other visitors’ experiences. Tripods, lights, tracks, selfie sticks, and other types of equipment are prohibited. Monopods may be used at the discretion of security.

Bridal or wedding party photography is permitted only if the party is renting space at the Museum as a special events venue. All other bridal or wedding photography/filming are governed by the commercial photo shoot policy, outlined below.

Commercial photography and filming intended for commercial use is prohibited unless prior written approval by the NCMA is granted. See the full commercial filming and photography policy here, including the required application and submission guidelines on page 3.

Please see our official policy for all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including drones, model aircrafts, balloons, and gliders.

Please note: The Museum may capture photographs and videos in the galleries, Park, and at special events for archival, educational, promotional, and commercial use.

For NCMA collection rights and reproduction information, click here.


Sketching is permitted in all galleries except select exhibitions; only pencils may be used without staff supervision. Sketching materials can be obtained at the information desks.

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

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