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Contemporary Art Museum

409 West Martin Street
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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 at street level and the Independent Weekly gallery in the lower level. The plan is for six annual exhibitions, three upstairs and three in the lower level. Triangle residents should keep an eye on the CAM as time goes on; it’s just barely begun to grow.


Contemporary Art Museum Information

  • Public Transportation: Very Good (a short walk from CAT bus 13 at South Harrington Street/West Hargett Street; a 2-minute walk from Triangle Transit buses 310, 303, and 305 at West Martin Street/South Dawson Street; and a 3-minute walk from CAT buses 7, 11, 21 and Amtrak trains at the Raleigh Amtrak station)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(closed Tuesday); Saturday – Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.
 First and third Friday of the month open until 9 p.m. 
Closed on major holidays
  • Admission: $5 general admission; Free for members, children 10 and under, members of the military,
NC State students, faculty, and staff
  • Tour: Group tours are available
  • Membership: Individual memberships start at $50 (Student $25; Educator $30; Senior $40; Dual/Family $75). Benefits are tiered with every member receiving free admission; discounts at select area retailers; two free guest passes; advance notice of artist exhibitions and special programs; invitations to exclusive Member previews and events, including Opening Night; and Member Preview Receptions
  • Other Benefits: Reciprocal membership to other museums is available at the Friend level ($150).