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Raleigh Art Museums: Art Museums Around Raleigh

Below are our Raleigh Art Museum recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, museum history and other points of interest in Raleigh Art.

Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)

The Ackland Museum, open since 1958, is an academic unit of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  It is one of North Carolina’s most significant resources in the visual arts, with a collection including over 15,000 works of art.  Areas of specialty include Asian art, and works on paper, with additional concentrations of European masterworks, African and contemporary art, and pottery of North Carolina. ...more...

Contemporary Art Museum

A newcomer to the Triangle art landscape, CAM Raleigh opened its doors in April 2011 with exhibitions by Naoko Ito and Dan Steinhilber. It’s a non-collecting museum, at least to this point, that’s taken pains to position itself as a venue for art and design that is growing and changing; it aims to present experiences, not exhibits. The museum building has three galleries inside: the main gallery, one …more…

Gregg Museum of Art and Design

The Gregg Museum of Art and Design is sponsored by North Carolina State University.  It is operated by the university’s Division of Student Affairs, and along with hosting visitors from the public, serves its students with academic and research programs.  It hosts six to eight exhibitions each year in its two galleries and shows other special exhibitions in spaces around campus. ...more...

Nasher Museum of Art (Durham, NC)

The Nasher Museum of Art, founded in 1969, is part of Duke University, and one of the preeminent art institutions in the region. Its permanent collection features more than 13,000 works from the ancient to the contemporary.  It has strong holdings in medieval and Renaissance art, African art, Greek and Roman antiquities, and ancient American art, but is currently building its contemporary art collection. ...more...

North Carolina Museum of Art

After a major expansion, the museum reopened in mid-2010. Admission is free, because the museum’s collection, begun in 1947 with earmarked state funds (a first in the country) has continued to exist on government grants and private gifts since then. The grounds, 164 acres of meadows and woodland, was granted by the state for the use of the museum and a sculpture park. ...more...