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North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina NC

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North Carolina Museum of Art is a treat to visit, with an excellent permanent collection plus world-class temporary exhibits. Its building is chic and appealing on the outside, and airy and modern inside, letting in lots of light. The sculpture garden beside the main museum building has a pool with lily pads. In front of the museum is a silver tree sculpture, just gorgeous. There is a waiter-service restaurant, gift shop, and best of all, amazing landscaped grounds with long wispy grasses, hills to run up and down, large sculptures and boulders kids can climb. You can walk for miles on the different trails with open vistas.
The summer concerts are magical in the huge outdoor amphitheater. Everyone sits on the lawn on blankets or chairs, under huge globe lanterns. There's popcorn or ice cream to buy. Before the concerts, kids have a blast climbing over dozens of boulders behind the stage.
While in the area, check out the beautiful JC Raulston Arboretum, not to be missed!
Also, try some delicious Venezuelan food at the easy counter-service cafe called Guasaca Arepa and Salsa Grill, a seven minute drive away. They have a nice, modern interior, plus beautiful outdoor seating.

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Landscaped grounds with wispy grasses and little hills to run on.
Landscaped grounds with wispy grasses and little hills to run on.
Walking from the parking to the museum.
Walking from the parking to the museum.
Large outdoor sculptures and interesting grass.
Large outdoor sculptures and interesting grass.
Silver tree and stormy sky.
Silver tree and stormy sky.
Front courtyard with trees and fountains.
Front courtyard with trees and fountains.
Globe lanterns at a summer concert.
Globe lanterns at a summer concert.
The stage.
The stage.
Ice cream stand at a summer concert.
Ice cream stand at a summer concert.
Chatting on the lawn at a summer concert.
Chatting on the lawn at a summer concert.
Seating area at the amphitheater.
Seating area at the amphitheater.
Kids love to climb these boulders behind the stage.
Kids love to climb these boulders behind the stage.
Open space galore!
Open space galore!
Boulders and grassy hills to explore.
Boulders and grassy hills to explore.
Rocket ship on the grounds.
Rocket ship on the grounds.
Dozens of boulders!
Dozens of boulders!
View from behind the stage.
View from behind the stage.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention, performing summer 2018.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention, performing summer 2018.
Amazing puppet!
Amazing puppet!
The stage and forest behind.
The stage and forest behind.
Trees lit up in the courtyard at night.
Trees lit up in the courtyard at night.
Statue near the parking lot, lit at night.
Statue near the parking lot, lit at night.
Rodin statue near the entrance.
Rodin statue near the entrance.
Trees, paths, and long wavy grasses.
Trees, paths, and long wavy grasses.
Long wavy grasses and silver tree.
Long wavy grasses and silver tree.
Path down to the museum.
Path down to the museum.
Amazing wavy grass.
Amazing wavy grass.
Like a melon slice...
Like a melon slice...
Sideways statue.
Sideways statue.
Look into a hole at mirrors and lights.
Look into a hole at mirrors and lights.
Gallery.
Gallery.
New Orleans: Ragging Home, by Romare Bearden.
New Orleans: Ragging Home, by Romare Bearden.
Parisian Madonna and Child, from the late 1200s.
Parisian Madonna and Child, from the late 1200s.
Italian painted tray from mid-1400s.
Italian painted tray from mid-1400s.
Adoring Angel, German/Bavarian.
Adoring Angel, German/Bavarian.
American Landscape with Revolutionary Heroes, by Roger Brown.
American Landscape with Revolutionary Heroes, by Roger Brown.
Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave who led three hundred slaves to freedom.
Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave who led three hundred slaves to freedom.
Dock Builders, by George Wesley Bellows.
Dock Builders, by George Wesley Bellows.
Diana and Actaeon, by Paul Howard, who made the golden sculpture at Rockefeller Center Ice Rink.
Diana and Actaeon, by Paul Howard, who made the golden sculpture at Rockefeller Center Ice Rink.
Danaid, By Auguste Rodin. She was doomed to pour water for eternity into a leaking vessel.
Danaid, By Auguste Rodin. She was doomed to pour water for eternity into a leaking vessel.
Venus Italica, by the Workshop of Antonio Canova.
Venus Italica, by the Workshop of Antonio Canova.
The Cliff, Etretat, Sunset, by Claude Monet. Quite an amazing painting to have in your art museum!
The Cliff, Etretat, Sunset, by Claude Monet. Quite an amazing painting to have in your art museum!
Isles of Shoals, Appledore, By Frederick Childe Hassam.These islands are off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine.
Isles of Shoals, Appledore, By Frederick Childe Hassam.These islands are off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine.
The Virgin in Prayer, by Sassoferrato.
The Virgin in Prayer, by Sassoferrato.
Madonna and Child, by Guido Reni.
Madonna and Child, by Guido Reni.
The sculpture garden.
The sculpture garden.
Pool with water lilies in the sculpture garden.
Pool with water lilies in the sculpture garden.
Path and open landscape.
Path and open landscape.
Outdoor seating at Guasaca Arepa and Salsa Grill, a seven minute drive away.
Outdoor seating at Guasaca Arepa and Salsa Grill, a seven minute drive away.
Building that lets in lovely light.
Building that lets in lovely light.
Wavy grass in winter.
Wavy grass in winter.
Winter trees.
Winter trees.
Wintertime at the art museum.
Wintertime at the art museum.
Bubbling fountains and mural.
Bubbling fountains and mural.
Giant photograph by Candida Hofer, in special exhibit.
Giant photograph by Candida Hofer, in special exhibit.

Directions

North Carolina Museum of Art is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607. Entrance to the museum is free! There is also plenty of free parking in the many large lots.
Open Tues-Sun 10-5. Closed Mondays. Open late until 9pm on Fridays.

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