The Museum is open with updated hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Free timed tickets for the Museum collection galleries encourage social distancing, and increased health and safety procedures are in place. Learn more about these updates at

Plan Your Visit

This is a museum where you can find your own place—whether in contemplative spaces or through lively, engaging tours, performing arts, and family workshops. We invite you to create your own captivating experience each time you visit.

General Info

COVID-19 Updates

The North Carolina Museum of Art is open with required free timed tickets to encourage social distancing and increased health and safety procedures.

Museum gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. The Museum Park remains open dawn to dusk, with reopened Park restrooms. Visitors can reserve free timed tickets below, and tickets are also available in both buildings.


Learn more below about the Museum’s current guidelines and practices. Have a question or need help? Email our visitor experience team at or call (919) 715-5923 during Museum gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. If you contact us outside of those hours, we will work to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and support.

Health and safety measures

  • Frequent deep cleanings of the Museum and high-touch areas, including doors and restrooms.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout galleries and restrooms.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to wear a cloth mask inside.

New entry and visit procedures

  • Social distancing is encouraged by a timed-ticketing system. We encourage you to claim your ticket in advance.
  • The Museum Library is currently open to the public by appointment only. More information on scheduling is available at

Paused experiences and events

  • Iris restaurant is closed until further notice.
  • Indoor tours are suspended.

Regular Hours: Galleries and Museum Store

Wednesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm

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

Please note that Iris restaurant is currently closed.

Museum Park

Open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk

Gallery Holiday Closures

  • Christmas: Closed Wednesday, December 23, Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25
  • New Year: Closed Friday, January 1
  • Independence Day: July 4

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. No cash is accepted at this time.

Accessibility and Inclusion News for Patrons with Disabilities

The Museum’s Visitor Services staff is working to make the NCMA more inclusive and welcoming to children and adult visitors with disabilities. We are working with Arts Access and other local partners to gather information on accessibility needs, provide staff training, and increase accommodations during exhibitions and events. If you would like to be connected to these efforts and receive news about upcoming events, sign up for our new monthly newsletter

Accessibility Offerings

The Museum's Public Accessibility Policy is available here.

While we always strive to make the NCMA inclusive and welcoming to all, COVID-19 has caused us to make some changes that may affect your visit:

  • In East Building, the glass elevator will be open to the public but limited to families or groups visiting the Museum together.
  • Wheelchairs are available for checkout in our East and West buildings; they will be disinfected before and after each use.
  • To encourage social distancing, available seating is limited; staff members can direct you to available seating in both buildings.
  • Noise cancellation headsets are temporarily unavailable.

The Museum also offers:

  • Free ADA-compliant parking is available.
  • Curb cuts are located at all entrances to the Museum.
  • Motorized and regular wheelchairs of standard size as well as rollators are available free of charge and may be checked out at the information desks in both buildings.
  • Elevators are available to all floors of East Building. West Building is a single story.
  • Accessible restrooms are available in West Building and on the top three levels of East Building.
  • Family restrooms are available in the Education Lobby of East Building. Please ask a guard for assistance to access the family restrooms in West Building.
  • Museum entrances have automatic doors.
  • Service animals are welcome.
  • Although the Museum Park includes some paved trails, wheelchairs are not recommended because of steep grades in the natural landscape.
  • Temporarily suspended: Assistive listening devices are available in the SECU Auditorium.
  • Temporarily postponed: School and public docent-led tours including American Sign Language (ASL) are available upon request. 
  • Large-print label text is available at the entrance for some special exhibitions.
  • Temporarily postponed: Docent-led tactile tours are available for visitors who are blind or have low vision. 

 Visual schedules or guides are intended for people on the autism spectrum. These guides help prepare people for their visit and cover important things to remember. They have images and written recommended schedules highlighting how to explore the Museum. The guides are available online so visitors can have the information beforehand.

We have updated our visual guides to reflect the changes caused by COVID-19. If you have a question, concern, or suggestion about accessibility, call us at (919) 839-6262 or reach out via email

Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and Museum Park is free; free timed tickets are required to encourage social distancing. Visitors can reserve free timed tickets for a no-touch entry experience. Tickets are also available in both buildings; cash transactions are not accepted at this time.


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; however, their use may be restricted near fragile art or in busy galleries.

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.

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.


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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