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 Information (919) 839-6262, Box Office (919) 715-5923
Regular Hours: Galleries and Museum Store
Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday 10 am–9 pm
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Closed Mondays and some holidays
Please note: Starting Tuesday, September 6, new fall gallery hours will be:
Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
(during ticketed special exhibitions, East Building open until 9 pm on Friday)
Iris restaurant, West Building
Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–2 pm
Friday evening: Iris after Dark 5:30–8:30 pm
Please note: Starting Friday, September 13, Iris will close at 2 pm
Sunday brunch 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Sip coffee bar, West Building
Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm
Open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk
The North Carolina Museum of Art strives to be accessible to all visitors. Read the Museum's Public Accessibility Policy here.
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!
Downloadable social narratives for the Museum galleries and Museum Park and a suggested visual schedule are available for visitors who have family members or companions with autism, intellectual disabilities, or other barriers who would benefit from reading them before their visit.
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.
Enhance your visit with a docent-guided tour.
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 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 is located between West and East buildings and can be reached by turning left after entering the Museum drive and following the signs.
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.
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607-6494
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