The Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park connects art, nature, and people to encourage creative experiences and human interactions. It features temporary and permanent public art installations by international artists, environmentally sustainable landscapes, colorful and contemporary gardens, miles of recreational trails, and a terraced pond. Choose your own adventure in the Park: Step inside a cloud chamber. Picnic near the iconic trio of Gyre rings, or relax on the Ellipse lawn. Bike and jog along the Capital Area Greenway and wooded trails. Discover points of interest on trailside signs with information on art and the history of the NCMA, and participate in recreational programs and performing arts. Visit the Park often to find your own special connection, and sign up for email updates to learn more about Park events and news.
The Museum Park art program facilitates collaborations among artists, designers, and environmental scientists to create works of art inspired by the natural world. Artists are commissioned to create site-specific temporary and permanent works that directly engage the landscape and present new perspectives on the natural world, exploring our relationship to the environment and the role of nature in contemporary society.
The Park is free and open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk.
The Museum Park has been transformed over the 30 years since the Museum opened on Blue Ridge Road, growing from the original 50-acre site in 1983 to the current 164-acre campus of trails amid outdoor sculpture. The Park provides a unique opportunity for experiencing art and active living.
The North Carolina Museum of Art is grateful to the following donors who have made major contributions to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park and the Art in the Environment Fund:
The 1947 Society (Gifts of $1,000,000 and more)
Joseph M. Bryan, Jr.
Ann and Jim Goodnight
The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Estate of Ruby Crumpler McSwain
North Carolina State Art Society
Ernest and Ruby McSwain Charitable Foundation
Tom and Pat Gipson
Harriet Jackson Phelps Charitable Trust
Hunter Industries, Inc.
John Deere Foundation
Thomas S. Kenan III
National Endowment for the Arts
Estate of Mrs. Warner L. Atkins
Libby and Lee Buck
The Hartfield Foundation
David R. Hayworth
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services
A. J. Fletcher Foundation
Julia and Frank A. Daniels, Jr.
Dover Foundation, Inc.
Mrs. James Ficklen, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Froelich, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Hobgood, Jr.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.*
Frances M. and William R. Roberson, Jr.
Joel and Christy Shaffer
Mr. and Mrs. J. Willie York
Holly and Bill Blanton
Mr. and Mrs. Albert G. Borden
Mrs. Starke S. Dillard, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Hamrick
Carol and Rick McNeel
Mills Family Foundation
Rauch Industries, Inc.
U.S. Department of Education
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