Tours

Guided and self-guided tour experiences are now available for visitors of all ages and abilities. A visit to the NCMA provides meaningful learning opportunities and creates a lasting impression. Interested in an in-person or virtual tour? Check out the information below.

Public Tours

Ask Me docents are available to answer questions you may have about our collection or to share a story about a work of art on display.

This season, you can find an Ask Me docent in East Building on Saturdays and in West Building on Sundays from 1 to 3 pm.

Saturday, September 4, 18, October 2, 16, November 6, 20, 10:30–11 am

West Building

Free; registration required

Discover highlights of the Museum collection on these playful tours, best for kids ages 5–11 and their adult companions.

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Adult Group Tours

Want to explore the Museum or Park with friends, family, or colleagues and a trained volunteer guide? Talk with each other about art, artists, and the creative process in a 50-minute tour of the permanent collection, a special exhibition, or the Museum Park.

Wednesday through Sunday, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, or 2 pm.

Tours are 50 minutes.
Meet in West Building’s lobby.

$50 fee per group of 10 people
$100 fee per group of 20 people

Guided tours of the People's Collection are provided by trained volunteer docents. French- and Spanish-language tours are available upon request.

To request a tour, please fill out this form.

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary

Explore the work of Alphonse Mucha, one of the most celebrated artists in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Known for his graphic work, Mucha used his iconic style to advance performers’ careers and advertise products as far ranging as chocolate, champagne, and crackers. Learn about Mucha’s aesthetics, impact, and influence in this guided 60-minute tour.

In-person adult group tours of the Mucha exhibition offered November 3, 2021–January 9, 2022

Meets in East Building Lobby.

$50 fee per group of 10 people
$100 fee per group of 20 people

To request a tour, please fill out this form.

Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, or 2:00 pm

Tours are 60 minutes.

$50 fee per 15 people
$75 fee per 16–25 people

The NCMA welcomes community and personal groups for engaging online tours led by a trained volunteer docent. Explore the People's Collection or Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary (virtual tours available for this special exhibition until January 21, 2022).

To request a tour, please fill out this form

Student and Youth Group Tours

Every work of art has its own story. Guided tours encourage learners to uncover these stories through shared looking, discussion, and experiences. Select a theme that relates to the North Carolina curriculum or choose a highlights tour for your group. On most themed tours, you can expect to consider four to eight works of art and participate in gallery activities that invite closer looking and discussion. The Museum looks forward to facilitating an engaging, welcomings, and joyful visit for your students.

The Museum offers a wide variety of in-person guided tours. Learn more and request a tour.

The Museum offers self-guided tours for groups to explore the People’s Collection on their own. Opportunities are also available for eligible school groups to receive free tickets to special exhibitions. Learn more and reserve your FREE tickets.

Access Tours

Audio Description (AD) interpretation is available for any tour of the permanent collection or special exhibitions with 10 business days’ notice.

To request a tour, please reach out to our manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity.

Designed for visitors who are blind or have low vision, these docent-led tours explore the Museum’s collection through audio description, tactile experiences, and by engaging the senses. Ancient figurative sculpture and numerous bronzes by Auguste Rodin are highlighted during these 60- to 90-minute tours.

 

To request a tour, please reach out to our manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity. Tours must be scheduled with 10 business days’ notice.

This is a recurring evening event intended for adults who are blind, have low vision, or have a disability or learning need that would benefit from a sensory-style experience.

As of August 2021, these events are being held virtually. After a short, guided meditation and audio description of the artwork, you are invited to engage with a work of art through mindful observation and discussion. Registration includes a small kit of sensory objects that participants engage with during the observation. These are mailed to registrants in advance. Please check our calendar for the next event date and time.

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For questions regarding the content of this program, please email our manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity.

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary Docent Tour with Audio Description

Explore the work of Alphonse Mucha, one of the most celebrated artists of turn-of-the-20th-century Paris. Known for his graphic work, Mucha used his iconic style to advance performers’ careers and advertise products as far ranging as chocolate, champagne, and crackers. Learn about Mucha’s aesthetics, impact, and influence in this guided 90-minute tour accompanied with audio description.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

11:30 am–1 pm

Meet in East Building Lobby

Free, registration required

Tickets go on sale October 8.

If you have questions about this tour, please email our manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity.

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary Docent Tour in American Sign Language

Explore the work of Alphonse Mucha, one of the most celebrated artists of turn-of-the-20th-century Paris. Known for his graphic work, Mucha used his iconic style to advance performers’ careers and advertise products as far ranging as chocolate, champagne, and crackers. Learn about Mucha’s aesthetics, impact, and influence in this guided 60-minute tour in ASL.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Meet in East Building Lobby

Free, registration required

Tickets go on sale October 8.

If you have questions about this tour, please email our manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity.

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