4716 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
Phone: (919) 231-2727
Fax: (919) 231-7044
Arts & Museums
This complex houses a unique collection of displays, artifacts, and documents that represents the contributions of African-Americans in North Carolina in several buildings along a picturesque nature trail.
This hospital art exhibition features works by artists from all across North Carolina with the exhibits changing every eight weeks.
A collection of antique trains including classic steam and diesel locomotives, as well as other train cars, are on display. Visitors can operate, under professional supervision and by reservation, one of the vintage locomotives to be found at the museum.
"A non-profit creativity incubator and gallery that supports and educates emerging, professional and student artists," VAE annually exhibits the work of more than 800 artists in 60 exhibitions and hosts more than 50 educational programs. The gallery is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday and on First Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Nickname for brains, get your marbles rolling at the Marbles Kids Museum. Launched in 2007, the museum nurtures a revolutionary concept that aims to inspire kids with the power of play. Innovation is the driving force behind its philosophy and is of significant importance to a child's overall development. Explore the true potential of playtime with an array of interactive exhibits that promise a fun and memorable time with the family. IdeaWorks lets kids use their imagination to build structures and models, while Art Loft gives way to thoughtful creativity. Head to Moneypalooza to imbibe some healthy spending habits, or get your game face on with some sporting action at Power2Play. Don't miss the IMAX experience at the state-of-the-art cinema on floor.
A collective group of unique stores and boutiques, Blake Street Studios is great place to shop in Raleigh. Shop through the various boutiques selling jewelry, handmade natural body products, clothes, furniture, accessories and much more. There are multiple art stores where you can pick up fine art pieces, paintings, photographs and other craft items. It's a great place to pick up a unique gift.
Located at City Market in downtown Raleigh, Artspace offers a unique experience in the visual arts. The large, non-descript building houses a three-story lobby with a contemporary style winding staircase, three exhibition galleries and more than 40 artists at work in open studios. A variety of mediums such as clay, metal, mixed media and paint are used. Lectures, classes for all ages, exhibitions and demonstrations offer plenty to fill an afternoon. General admission is free. Classes and exhibits may carry a fee.
Exhibits at this hall of fame include personal items donated by approximately 200 inductees and offers a chance to learn about these sports heroes and the impact that sports have played in North Carolina's history.
Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths of its ocean to its rocky mountains. Complete with a 20-foot (6-meter) waterfall, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science has much to offer. See North Carolina as it was, in a re-creation of six prehistoric habitats. This is home to the only Acorcanthosaurus discovered in the world, and Willo, the first dinosaur found with a fossilized heart. The Discovery Room is full of interactive exhibits. Looking for that perfect gift? The Nature Gallery has original nature-themed artwork available. There is a restaurant on site. The general admission is free of charge. There is a cover charge for special exhibits. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. The Discovery Room, Naturalist Center, and Living Conservatory remain closed on Mondays.
Founded in 1902, this museum is committed to exploring and preserving North Carolina's rich heritage. Among the permanent exhibits is the Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina folk life, and David Marshall "Carbine" Williams, a famous inventor of weapons innovations. There is a variety of changing exhibits available to explore as well. The museum houses a large collection of artifacts that represent agriculture, costumes, furnishings, sports and leisure and more. Admission is free. A great place to take the kids.
As you walk under the awning into this unassuming building, it is impossible to tell what waits inside. This little gallery, located at City Market, displays a diverse collection of artwork. At first glance, it is all contemporary art. But further inspection reveals a mix of contemporary and traditional art, done in a variety of mediums. Paintings and lithographs, sculpture and stained glass are all on display, with new works rotated every six months. For those who want to spice up their décor, the gallery offers corporate and residential consultations.
The Raleigh Museum celebrates the history of the Raleigh region, from its early days to its current culture as North Carolina's capital city. There are a number of artifacts in a series of exhibits designed to preserve the past as education for generations to come.