Often referred to as The Triangle, the cities of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill comprise a vibrant cultural scene in central North Carolina. While visitors frequent the area’s historical sites, local art museums also offer a wealth of cultural knowledge worth exploring. From design-focused exhibits to collections of medieval art and works by local artists, this region offers plenty of options for art lovers.
This nonprofit visual art center is a place to create and admire artwork of all mediums. Exhibitions include fundraising efforts by local artists, site-specific installations by artists in residence and more. Aspiring artists of all ages can enroll in classes and workshops to create their own masterpieces.
North Carolina Museum of Art
The state’s official art museum was created in the 1920s to invite locals and visitors to interact with prominent artworks. A robust permanent collection includes work from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase painting from ancient Greece and Rome. It also features American art from the 18th through 20th centuries, and international contemporary art.
Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum is dedicated to presenting non-traditional exhibitions by living artists. No permanent collection means that exhibitions are always changing, to push contemporary understanding of culture, fine arts and show off impressive work by today’s rising and formative art-world stars.
Gregg Museum of Art & Design
A visual arts center collecting over 35,000 objects, this museum at NC State University aims to share a wide range of art for enjoyment and education. Housed in a renovated historic mansion, the museum is also adjacent to a walkway connecting Theatre in the Park and the Pullen Arts Center.