Things to Do in Raleigh Part 1: North Carolina Museum of Art Review

So, I like art. I don’t paint, sculpt, or draw…but I like looking at art. As a result, one of my favorite places that I have visited in Raleigh in the awesome North Carolina Museum of Art. To me and many other it seems, the NCMA is a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon exploring the capital city of North Carolina.

Not only does this museum have an incredible and diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs but admission is also free for the main gallery. Special exhibits do cost money. For example, The Worlds of M.C. Escher exhibit which I visited back in October was one which you had to pay admission for.

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The Escher exhibit was well worth the price of admission, in my opinion, as the sheer amount of collected works and pieces that I had never seen from the artist before was staggering. It was very well done and had plenty to see and explore. I however, forgot that my admission also paid for the later Leonardo Di Vinci exhibition and missed out on going to see it.


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Another aspect that is interesting about the museum, is the grounds themselves. Not only is it a museum, it also contains a surrounding park, walking paths, and amphitheater.


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So, not only do you have a chance to see the works of some of the greatest artists in history including Manet, Rodin, Botticelli, Titian, etc., you can also have a new outdoor escape with your family or pets.

The permanent gallery at the NCMA is a collection of art which dates from ancient to modern and includes almost everything in between from all around the world. Some of my favorites include the Roman/Greek art, Northern Renaissance paintings, and some of the colorful works from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Outside of the Permanent collection, you can find further works of art, including photography in the East Building. This is also where the special exhibits were held.


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