“Any time is a great time to visit Raleigh,” comments Ryan Smith, director of communications, Raleigh CVB
The sentiment is especially true if you’re planning to visit now through next year.
Home to such places as the North Carolina Museum of Art
, North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
; as well as the site of the North Carolina State Fair
(October 13-23; $8 per person, separate admission for rides), the state’s largest event, the City of Oaks
Whether you come for the culture, food or just because, there’s something for all. And the best part is, there’s always something new to do or discover.
Just take a look:
photo credit: aerial, courtesy of Raleigh CVB
- Opened in April 2011, the Contemporary Art Museum is Raleigh’s newest attraction. The museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. As a non-collecting museum, the exhibits are always changing. Located in the Warehouse District, Smith says calls the area “fun and hip,” as it continues to grow with art galleries and restaurants. $5/person, free/child, ages 10 and under, military. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesday.
- With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it’s quite timely the Morrisville History Center has opened. Located in the Town Hall, the center focuses on the history of the town during the war, including exhibits on the 1865 Battle at Morrisville Station. Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- “We are really excited about the Rembrandt in America exhibit,” she says. “It’s the largest collection of his works ever to be shown, and it’s going on a three-city tour. Raleigh is the first stop.” From October 22 through January 22, North Carolina Museum of Art will have on display 50 paintings of Rembrandt's work for public viewing. $18/adult, $15/senior, military, child (ages 13 and up), $12/child, ages 7-12. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Monday.
- Opening on April 20, 2012 is the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. “It’s really cool and one-of-a-kind,” comments Smith. “The center will be located in a huge globe that’s attached to the side of the building.” Inside, there will be research labs, labs for visitors that include hands-on activities, a 10,000-gallon aquarium and more. For the museum, admission is free, donations are accepted. However, this is an admission fee for special exhibits. Monday –Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.