North Carolina Museum of Art

#4 in Best Things To Do in Raleigh
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Courtesy North Carolina Museum of Art

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2110 Blue Ridge Road

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Free

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Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The North Carolina Museum of Art's gleaming white galleries, which hang with paintings like Andrew Wyeth's "Winter 1946" and "The Holy Family with St. Anne" by Peter Paul Rubens and Workshop, are impressive in and of themselves. But visitors also highly praise the museum's rotating exhibits, the lovely sculpture garden and the interesting tours and events. The museum's restaurant, Iris, is also an artful place too with its floor-to-ceiling windows and wall sculpture.

One TripAdvisor user, who calls the North Carolina Museum of Art "one of the loveliest spots in Raleigh," also has this to say: "The grounds are a wonderful blend of sculpture, garden and pastoral beauty. Parking is plentiful. Restaurant is imaginative in presentation and menu selection. Collection is always evolving and not overwhelmingly vast."

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., though on Fridays it stays open until 9 p.m. General admission to the museum is free, but keep in mind that some of the special exhibitions may require a small fee. You'll find the museum right off of Interstate 440 on Blue Ridge Road, near PNC Arena. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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