What are the best museums in Raleigh-Durham?

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Top-notch universities and buzzing tech companies put Raleigh-Durham on the map; but that’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of museums to be explored. We’ll give you the three best: The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

The North Carolina Museum of Art features 30 Auguste Rodin sculptures — the best collection of the artist’s work in the Southeast. And the best part is, admission to this permanent exhibit is totally free, so you can save a few bucks while still getting culture with the whole family.

For an unrivaled collection of contemporary and post-modern art, venture to the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham. We promise you, this museum will certainly make an impression on the right side of your brain. Finally, for kids, nothing beats the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham. Exhibits about rocks and robots will vie for your attention, along with the Magic Wings Butterfly House, a farmyard full of animals and hands-on wind experiments. All things combined, you’ll have a variety of art and science exhibits to keep you busy while you’re in Raleigh-Durham, no matter what time of year you visit.

Jim Beley

In Raleigh, there is the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina Museum of History. In Durham, you’ll find the North Carolina Museum of Life and Sciences, Nasher Museum and Duke University Campus. And there the UNC Basketball Museum is in Chapel Hill.

Theresa Chiettini

The best Raleigh-Durham museums are Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the Nasher Museum of Art in Durham and the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill.

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