The North Carolina Museum of Art, originally founded in 1924, is located on Blue Ridge Rd., about 6 miles Northwest of downtown Raleigh. The museum includes 181,000 sq. ft. of enclosed space and a 164-acre open-air “art park.” Its collections include artwork from several categories, including African, American, Ancient American, British Spanish and French, Classical, Contemporary, Egyptian, Italian, Judaic, Modern, Northern European, and a special collection of sculpture by Auguste Rodin. In addition to its permanent collections, the Museum is also host to traveling exhibitions and other attractions, like lectures, film showings, performances, concerts. The museum is regularly open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. Admission for the permanent collection and the art park is free. Check with the museum on admission prices for special exhibitions and events.