A visit to the NCMA provides meaningful learning opportunities and creates a lasting impression for all visitors. As the Museum prepares to unveil the reinstallation of the People’s Collection in West Building (reopening Saturday, October 8, 2022), docent-led and self-guided tour experiences of exhibitions in East Building, Friday and Saturday Park Tours, and Family-Friendly Tours are available to our community.

Public Tours

Ask Me Docents

Our NCMA docents love our Museum and engaging with the community so much that they are available every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm to welcome you in and provide insight about the exhibitions on view.

Weekend Family-Friendly Tours

Saturday, June 4, June 18, July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, 10:30–11 am

Free with registration

Have you wanted to learn more about sculptures in the Museum Park? This playful tour creates family time to explore a work of art or two that might be an old favorite or a new discovery! Look together, move through the natural world, and have fun with an experienced docent. Best for kids ages 5–11 with adult caregivers.

Register here

Park Tours

Adult Group Tours

Want to explore the NCMA's collection or a special exhibition with friends, family, or colleagues under the guidance of a volunteer guide? A 50-minute tour, available in person or virtually, may be just what you're looking for.
Adult Group Tours: Onsite

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

Tours available by request only. Email tours@ncartmuseum.org.

$50 fee per small group; $100 fee per large group

Adult Group Tours: Virtual

The NCMA welcomes community groups of all kinds to request 60-minute virtual tours led by a trained volunteer docent.

Tours available by request only. Emai tours@ncartmuseum.org.

$50 fee per small group; $75 fee per large group

Student and Youth Group Tours

These guided tours encourage young learners to uncover the many stories in our galleries through shared looking, discussion, and close-looking experiences. Themes that support the North Carolina curriculum or are docent-generated engage young minds and caregivers alike. The NCMA looks forward to facilitating engaging, welcoming, and joyful visits for your students upon our reopening in October 2022.
Guided Tours

Along with reimagining the People's Collectionthe NCMA has updated the Student and Youth Group tour menu.

Please register your group for tours, to begin Friday, October 21. If you have questions or need assistance, please email the NCMA tour administrator at tours@ncartmuseum.org.

Virtual Field Trips

Self-Guided Tours

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. Click here to learn more

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Access Tours

Adult Group Tours: Audio Description

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 accessibility coordinator, mhull@ncartmuseum.org.

Adult Group Tours: American Sign Language

Tactile Tours

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 accessibility coordinator, mhull@ncartmuseum.org. Tours must be scheduled with 10 business days’ notice.

Sensory Journey through Art

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.


For questions regarding the content of this program, please email our accessibility coordinator, mhull@ncartmuseum.org.

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