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 Building and West Building Galleries
Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and some holidays (see below)

Museum Store and Exhibition Store
Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

East Café
Friday–Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

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 (weather permitting)

Gallery Holiday Closures

  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 2023
  • Christmas, Sunday, December 24–Wednesday, December 27, 2023
  • Easter, Sunday, March 31, 2024

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.



The Museum offers a variety of on-site accommodations for visitors with disabilities. Trained service animals such as guide dogs are also permitted in the Museum. Visit our accessibility page to learn more.


Admission to the People’s Collection in East and West buildings and the Museum Park is free.

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

Family Programs and Amenities

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.

Transportation and Parking

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.


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