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 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

The Museum will be closed Thursday, November 22, for Thanksgiving; Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26, for Christmas; and Tuesday, January 1, for New Year's Day.

Iris restaurant, West Building

Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–2 pm
Friday evening: Iris after Dark 5:30–8:30 pm
Sunday brunch 10:30 am–2:30 pm

Sip coffee bar, West Building

Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm

Museum Park

Open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk

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.

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.

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.

Tripods and video cameras are prohibited. Photography of special exhibitions is not permitted unless otherwise noted. Commercial photography is not allowed, except in special circumstances. Commercial photo shoot exceptions are currently under review; please check back in late summer 2018 for an updated policy.

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.


Strollers are welcome in the Museum; however, their use may be restricted near fragile art or in busy galleries.

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

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 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.

If you have a question, concern, or suggestion about accessibility, call us at (919) 664-6743 or send email.

  • 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.
  • Noise cancellation headsets are available from the Box Office.
  • 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.


  • Assistive listening devices are available from audiovisual staff in the SECU Auditorium and available for docent-guided tours at the Information Desk in West Building.
  • School and public docent-led tours including American Sign Language (ASL) are available upon request with at least four weeks notice. Contact Jen Coon, (919) 664-6820.
  • A written transcript of the Cell Phone Tour is available at the Information Desk in West Building.
  • The SECU Auditorium features a hearing loop to provide improved accessibility for visitors with telecoils. The hearing loop is available for film screenings, lectures, and other programs in the auditorium.


  • Braille is on all Museum directional signs and elevators.
  • Large-print label text is available at the entrance to special exhibitions.
  • Audio description is provided for select outdoor films by Arts Access Inc.
  • Docent-led tactile tours are available for visitors with vision loss. Please request these tours at least four weeks in advance. Contact Beth Shaw McGuire, (919) 664-6778.
  • Large-print labels for selected works in the permanent collection are available at West Building Information Desk.

General Amenities

  • Strollers are available free of charge and may be checked out at the Information Desk in West or East Building.
  • Coat check is available free of charge and is located behind the Information Desk in West Building and East Building.
  • Lockers are available free of charge and are located behind the Information Desk in West Building and East Building.
  • Drinking fountains are located behind the Information Desk in West Building and on the top three levels of East Building.
  • First aid assistance is available by alerting any Museum guard.
  • Patrons requiring accessible seating for events in the amphitheater and wishing to purchase tickets online should buy general admission tickets, including any necessary companion tickets. When you arrive at the amphitheater, a guard at the entrance gate will show you to your designated seating area.

North carolina museum of art

2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607-6494

(919) 839-NCMA