Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon for one-year memberships to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get an individual membership (a $40 value).
- For $32, you get a dual membership, good for two adults living at the same address (a $65 value).
- For $37, you get a family membership, good for two adults and all children younger than age 18 living at the same address (a $75 value).
Founded in 1947 with an initial collection of more than 100 European and American works, the museum fills its vast halls with Greek sculpture, Renaissance paintings, and contemporary art. An individual membership grants members myriad perks, such as access to exhibition preview parties and members-only events and a complimentary subscription to Preview, the museum’s quarterly magazine. Card carriers are also privy to near-constant discounts on special events and gift-shop purchases, as well as free admission to all ticketed exhibitions and Arts in the Museum Park movie screenings. Dual memberships double the benefits, and family packages entitle Brady Bunch-sized clans and Beatles cover bands to the same privileges, as long as all children are younger than age 18 and living at the same address.
Each package comes with one or two membership cards, which guests can flash at security guards for immediate entrance. The 164-acre Museum Park boasts a dozen monumental art works for outdoorsy patrons, and the permanent collection spans the artistic traditions of more than half a dozen cultures.
North Carolina Museum of Art
In 1947, the North Carolina Museum of Art made its initial acquisition, hauling in 139 works of European and American art purchased with state funds. In the 65 years since, the museum’s collection has continued to balloon, and today features pieces that range from Egyptian funerary art to sculpture and vase paintings from Greece and Rome. The 164-acre campus surrounds visitors with creativity around every corner, including across the museum park, where more than a dozen works showcase inspirations that were culled from the natural world or extracted from the brains of scarecrows who donated their bodies to science.
During summer months, the Arts in the Museum Park festival series organizes week after week of music and film events. On the weekends, rather than sewing their socks together, siblings can get closer with Family Fun Saturdays. Free guided tours weave guests through the museum’s halls daily. Visits can be capped off with a stop at the museum gift shop or at the elegant Iris restaurant, which dishes out contemporary American cuisine with regional and international twists.
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607Get Directions