Since opening its doors in 1957, the NCMA has become one of Raleigh's marquee attractions. Featuring an art collection that spans more than 5,000 years from antiquity to the present, the Museum also sports the nation's largest outdoor museum concert venue, the nation's largest outdoor museum park (162 acres), an award-winning cafe (Iris), as well as a variety of celebrated exhibitions and public programs. Enjoy more than 40 galleries and more than a dozen monumental outdoor works of art. A visit to NCMA will allow you and your companion(s) to decompress and enjoy the best of NC culture, mostly for free. Whether you choose to walk around the Rodin garden, to perch yourself amid the rolling park hills for a picnic, or to enjoy the running/biking trails that zig-zag through the campus, there is something for all occasions and all people at NCMA.