The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh is a great place to visit, especially when they have special exhibitions and shows.
Over the past few years, there have been several exhibitions to roll through town, and they are here for months at a time. A few years ago, there was an exhibition of the art and sculpture of Rodin, a famous French sculptor. Perhaps his most famous work, The Thinker, actually came to Raleigh, and I got to see it!
More recently, the famed Monet exhibit came to the NC Art Museum last year, giving patrons a glimpse of the man who started the impressionist movement. The exhibit was exquisite, and I actually learned quite a bit about Monet’s life and his style development.
I recently returned to the art museum to see the new Rembrandt exhibit. It’s been here for the past two months or so, and I wanted to catch it before it left. The paintings were pretty interesting, since I really didn’t know anything about Rembrandt before I went. I learned a lot, though, and I’m fairly confident that I could pick one of his works out of a line. It was fun, and if you’re wondering why I would go to a museum on a Friday night, it’s because students get in free with a student ID!
If you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area and are looking for a little culture, the North Carolina Museum of Art is the place to go. I always have a good time there, and I always walk away feeling smarter than when I arrived.