Raleigh Art Galleries Walking Tour (Self Guided), Raleigh

Raleigh is not only the capital city of the state of North Carolina, but also a rich and inspiring location for art lovers of all ages. The large number of diverse and renowned museums, art galleries and performing and visual arts centers please even the most critical public. The following walking tour will guide you through the most attractive art galleries in Raleigh.
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Raleigh Art Galleries Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Raleigh Art Galleries Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Raleigh (See other walking tours in Raleigh)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: karenv
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Adam Cave Fine Art
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • Artspace
  • Raleigh Convention Center (Shimmer Wall)
  • Visual Art Exchange
  • 311 West Martin Galleries & Studios
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Adam Cave Fine Art

1) Adam Cave Fine Art

Located in downtown Raleigh,Adam Cave Fine Art has much to offer to the public. The gallery gladly opens its doors Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, exhibiting a very selective and refined art collection for all tastes. Well-known painters, photographers, printmakers and glass artists at both regional and national level always enjoy exhibiting their artwork in this welcoming and unique fine art center. There also can be found vintage prints from the middle of the 20th century, which along with the others exhibited pieces are available for purchase.
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Marbles Kids Museum

2) Marbles Kids Museum (must see)

The Marbles Kids Museum is a nonprofit museum in the Moore Square Historic District. Its mission is to "inspire imagination, discovery and learning through extraordinary adventures in play and larger-than-life IMAX experiences." It was created through the merger in 2007 of two existing children's museums: Exploris and Playspace. The Marbles Kids Museum offers "unique hands-on interactive experiences that inspire children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals." The permanent museum exhibits are intended for children under 12 years of age and include the Around Town!, Splash!, IdeaWorks, and WorldTrek "galleries". Marbles Kids Museum also runs Kidsplosure during Raleigh's annual Artsplosure festival held annually in May.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 9am-5pm (Open until 7pm every Thursday and on First Friday)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Artspace

3) Artspace

Artspace is a unique and non-conformist visual arts center located in Raleigh. Over 30,000 square feet host more than 25 studios and exhibition halls, where the public can watch how art is really created, right in front of their eyes. The center also offers a multitude of possibilities for exhibition observations and participation in cultural programs. The Center's mission, which is a non-profit organization, is to provide the community with quality exhibitions of regional, national and international artists. Artspace also aims to enrich art programs and empower people of all ages to express their creativity in an open studio format.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm; Thursday until 7 pm.
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Raleigh Convention Center (Shimmer Wall)

4) Raleigh Convention Center (Shimmer Wall)

The Raleigh Convention Center is a convention and exhibition facility in downtown that opened in September 2008. Located at the end of Fayetteville Street, the three-level 500,000-square-foot building contains a 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall, twenty meeting rooms and a 32,000-square-foot ballroom. Extensive acoustics work was performed to not only provide sound isolation between adjacent activities within the center, but also to control noise output to the surrounding community.

The west-facing wall of the new convention center boasts a large public art piece called the 'Shimmer Wall' that contains metal plates in the form of an oak tree backed by LED lights. The oak tree represents Raleigh's nickname, the 'City of Oaks'. The Shimmer Wall is a very impressive piece of art, measuring 210 feet wide and 44 feet tall that flutter and shimmer in the wind. The Shimmer Wall is well worth a visit if you are in downtown Raleigh.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Visual Art Exchange

5) Visual Art Exchange

Visual Art Exchange represents the oldest visual arts organization in Raleigh. This private non-profit organization, past recipient of the prestigious Raleigh Medal of Arts Award, has set as its mission to encourage artists from the entire area, thus enriching the community and educating entire generations. Specializing in promoting emerging artists, the center bring visual arts to the most unexpected places, to the delight of all art-goers. Known and loved in Raleigh is The Raleigh Street Painting Festival, which provides an excellent opportunity for people to experience creativity and beauty.

Operation hours: Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am – 4 pm; First Friday of the month: 6 pm - 10 pm
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311 West Martin Galleries & Studios

6) 311 West Martin Galleries & Studios

A known location for artists and printmakers in the entire state of North Carolina, the 311 West Martin Galleries & Studios is conveniently located in the Warehouse District of Raleigh. Currently, the 311 Galleries host a number of 14 tenant artists, who work and and show their art there. The exhibitions regularly alternate between emerging and Raleigh's favorite established artists. A number of workshops, art projects and courses are offered all year long to the enthusiastic and creative public, as well as print jobs for a per-hour fee.

Operation hours: Thursday-Saturday 12 pm-4 pm; First Friday until 9:30 pm.

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