Thanksgiving Week at the North Carolina Museum of Art‏

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and by now you are probably preparing to have family over or packing to travel and see your loved ones. For those of you staying in Raleigh for the holiday think about doing something fun together! Get out of the house and make memories at one of Raleigh’s most popular attractions – The North Carolins Museum of Art!

The NCMA will be closed on Thanksgiving and will have normal hours during the rest of the week, including extended hours on Friday.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 24−Wednesday, Nov. 25: 10 am−5 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving): Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 27: 10 am−9 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 28−Sunday, Nov. 29: 10 am−5 pm


The Worlds of M. C. Escher and Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester

Through January 17, 2016, Ticketed together

Comprising over 130 woodcuts, lithographs, wood engravings, and mezzotints, as well as numerous drawings, watercolors, wood blocks, and lithographic stones never before exhibited, The Worlds of M. C. Escher surveys Escher’s entire career, from his earliest print to his final masterpiece. The exhibition highlights Escher’s explorations of nature, mathematics, science, and the realm of his imagination. Escher’s best-known prints are on view, as well as his lesser-known portraits and Italian landscapes. It is the most comprehensive Escher exhibition ever presented in the United States.

The Codex Leicester, a 500-year-old notebook from inventor, scientist, and artist Leonardo da Vinci, is composed of 36 folios, each handwritten on the front and back and illustrated with sketches of the topics Leonardo is discussing. It is the only Leonardo manuscript in North America. The notes, inscribed in his distinctive “mirror writing,” provide a glimpse into the artist’s scientific mind, revealing his intellectual curiosity and observations on nature. The Codex Leicester focuses on his thoughts and beliefs about water, astronomy, light, and mechanics.


Daily Tours of the Permanent Collection

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Visitors can join the docent-led tour that meets at the West Building Information Desk each day. This free tour is a wonderful introduction to the Museum’s permanent collection, and with a different docent each day, the tour is a new experience on each visit to the NCMA. No reservations are needed—just show up.


Art in the Evening (Wine Bar + Live Music)

Friday, Nov. 27, 5:30 pm, West Building

Experience the NCMA after dark. Share small plates with friends. Wander the galleries. Relax with a glass of wine and live music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves. Our lobby-turned-lounge in the new West Building is a great place to kick off the weekend!

Small plates and beverages, including wine, beer, and nonalcoholic options, are available for purchase.


Weekend Family-Friendly Tours

Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am, Free. No reservations necessary.

Half-hour tours of the permanent collection for kids age 5–11 and their adult companions. Join a Museum guide for a lively discussion and activities in the galleries. Meet at West Building Information Desk.

November theme: “I’m Hungry!” Take a close look at food and feasts in this delicious tour.


Weekend “Meet Your Museum” Tours

Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

With a 164-acre campus, two buildings, an amphitheater, a park, and several gardens, the NCMA offers much to see and do. This free guided tour introduces visitors to the Museum buildings, central Plaza, and selected works of art. No reservations are necessary—meet at the West Building Information Desk. 

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