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 ncartmuseum.org/covid19

Tours

Tours are available on a limited basis due to ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns. Currently tours of the Museum Park are available to the public on Saturday mornings. Virtual tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions are offered for adult groups. Self-guided visits for school and youth groups are allowed but are limited to 60 students. The NCMA will continue to create and share content on NCMALearn and offer virtual tour experiences for grades K–12.

Public Tours

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

During the month of September, one or two Ask Me docents are available in both buildings, Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 3 pm

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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 one-hour tour of the permanent collection, a special exhibition, or the Museum Park.

Wednesday through Sunday, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, or 2:00 pm

Tours are 60 minutes.

$50 fee per group of 10 people

$100 fee per group of 20 people

Guided tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions are provided by trained volunteer docents. French- and Spanish-language tours are available upon request. Tour cost does not include special-exhibition ticket price.

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary

In-person adult group tours offered October 30, 2021–January 23, 2021

To request a tour, please fill out this form

Tuesday through Friday, 10 or 11:30 am

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 Highlights of the Collection or Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary beginning November 2, 2021.

To request an 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’s volunteer docents look forward to creating an engaging and enjoyable visit for your students.
At this time we are not scheduling guided school and youth group tours. We hope to resume scheduling tours this fall. School or youth groups may self-schedule a visit by reserving free tickets.

Use a visual guide to help prepare students for a visit to the Museum galleries or Park.
Teachers, group leaders, and chaperons, please read these guidelines before your visit.

This presentation can help you prepare students for their visit to the Museum.

Are you ready for your upcoming visit? To be sure, please read this checklist for guided groups or this checklist for self-guided groups.

Parts of Art (K–2, maximum of 100 students)

Where can you find circles, rectangles, squares, triangles, and patterns in every color imaginable? Students will recognize and talk about the elements of art on this lively tour and apply some math skills, too.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Collection Connection (K–college)

Do you want to link the Museum’s collection to your classroom curriculum, but you are not sure what’s possible? Work with a Museum educator to plan your visit. Send an email or call (919) 664-6853. Group size may be limited.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Patterns in African Art (K–5, maximum of 40 students)

Students explore and identify patterns in African art and consider what these patterns meant to the artists and their communities. After analyzing the patterns on display, students have a chance to create their own.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.

Look Here! (Grades 3–5, maximum of 100 students)

How do artists tell us what’s important or interesting? By what they create! Students investigate art with varied subjects and the choices artists make to get our attention.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Forces of Nature (Grades 3–5, maximum of 100 students)

Wind, rain, snow. Volcanic eruptions! Misty mountaintops and sunny summer days. Students explore landscapes, sculptures, and other art to learn how artists capture and use the forces of nature in works of art.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Considering Characters (Grades 3–5, maximum of 100 students)

Portraits and narratives offer insight into a person’s personality, culture, and values. Students investigate works of art to uncover clues about the subject’s identity.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Patterns in African Art (K–5, maximum of 40 students)

Students explore and identify patterns in African art and consider what these patterns meant to the artists and their communities. After analyzing the patterns on display, students have a chance to create their own.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Collection Connection (K–college)

Do you want to link the Museum’s collection to your classroom curriculum, but you are not sure what’s possible? Work with a Museum educator to plan your visit. Send an email or call (919) 664-6853. Group size may be limited.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.

Making Math Artistic (Grades 6–8, maximum of 60 students)

Discover the creative ways artists apply mathematical concepts in their work. Through three-dimensional sculpture and two-dimensional works on the wall, students explore ideas of scale, ratio, perspective, symmetry, and proportion.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Faces, Figures, and Forms (Grades 6–12, maximum of 40 students)

By examining sculptures of figures from different cultures in Africa, Europe, and America, students learn about artists’ choices and the cultural values that guided them. Students work with others to identify what makes a culture’s art distinctive and what it shares with other cultures.

This is a dual-building tour that meets in the Education Lobby of East Building.


Ancient Cultures (Grades 6–8, maximum of 40 students)

Students dive into the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. After considering form and function in everyday and ritual art, students reflect on what these works tell us about how ancient people thought and lived.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Collection Connection (K–college)

Do you want to link the Museum’s collection to your classroom curriculum, but you are not sure what’s possible? Work with a Museum educator to plan your visit. Send an email or call (919) 664-6853. Group size may be limited.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.

What Is Art? (Grades 9–12, maximum of 60 students)

Explore the world of art with challenging and thought-provoking questions such as: What makes art “art”? Does art have to be beautiful? Does art have to mean something? And who decides?

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


The Power of Art (Grades 9–12, maximum of 50 students)

What symbolizes power? How do people rise to power in different cultures? Students examine how political and social hierarchy, media, communication, and changes in technology influence the depiction of power. Using portraits, ceremonial objects, and other works, students consider how artists through the centuries have represented power.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.


Collection Connection (K–college)

Do you want to link the Museum’s collection to your classroom curriculum, but you are not sure what’s possible? Work with a Museum educator to plan your visit. Send an email or call (919) 664-6853. Group size may be limited.

This tour meets in the West Building Lobby.

Self-guided groups of up to 60 youths or students (K–college) may visit the permanent collection if free tickets are ordered and if the group is divided into subgroups of 10 to 15 children with at least one adult chaperone per subgroup.

  1. Order your FREE timed tickets.
  2. Read through the Checklist for Self-Guided Groups.

A limited number of free tickets to special exhibitions is available for school groups (not youth groups) of up to 10 students with an educator chaperone Wednesday through Friday at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm. Please note: We do NOT book group reservations during the final two weeks of a special exhibition. Email help@ncartmuseum.org to request these exhibition tickets.

Please note that no designated indoor facilities exist for group dining, but you are welcome to use tables in the Museum Park. Food and drinks may NOT be brought inside. A white storage box is available at the Park entrance.

Please send questions to Jennifer Coon, as our policies will evolve.

Making Tours Accessible

The Museum works to make our tours welcoming and accessible to all. If you would like to make a specific request, please email our manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity.

Tactile Tours

For more information or to schedule a tour, email the manager of interpretation, accessibility, and diversity. Administrative fees may apply.
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