NCCU Art Museum

The NCCU Art Museum is a vital teaching resource and cultural institution on the campus of North Carolina Central University.  It houses one of North Carolina’s leading collections of works by African-American artists and by others dealing with the black experience.

In preparation for this exhibition, the Museum will be temporarily closed to visitors from May 17, 2024, to May 30, 2024. During this time, our dedicated staff will be conducting crucial post-renovation tasks, including the inventorying, photographing, and storing of numerous items to ensure a seamless and engaging experience for our visitors.
Temporary Closure Dates:
May 17, 2024–May 30, 2024
We apologize for any inconvenience this brief closure may cause and appreciate your understanding and support. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum when we reopen on May 31, 2024, with our new exhibition ready for you to explore and enjoy.

Stay tuned for updates and more information about the exhibition and related events.

For further details, please contact us at [email protected].
Thank you for your continued support of the NCCU Art Museum. We are excited to share this remarkable exhibition with you!

Selections from the NCCU Permanent Collection

The NCCU Art Museum is thrilled to present our summer exhibition, “Selections from the NCCU Permanent Collection,” showcasing a diverse array of artworks from our esteemed collection. This exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, May 31, 2024, through Wednesday, August 7, 2024.
Exhibition Dates:
May 31, 2024–August 7, 2024
NCCU Art Museum

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday

Admission is free.

North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707

About the NCCU Art Museum

Building Cultural Pride by Preserving and Collecting Works of Art

The creation of a museum for North Carolina Central University was a goal in the college's early days.  Founder and President James E. Shepard understood the importance of the fine arts in building cultural pride by preserving and collecting works of art.


Pieces in Our Permanent Collection


Art Museum Publications


Special Exhibits Each Academic Year

About Our Permanent Collection

The museum’s permanent collection contains works by three major 19th-century African-American artists: Robert S. Duncanson, Edward M. Bannister and Henry Ossawa Tanner. The 20th century is represented by significant artists from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and the WPA period of the 1930s. Among them are Richmond Barthe, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Jacob Lawrence

Exhibition Schedule

Welcome to a museum experience like no other – where curiosity meets inspiration. Embark on a captivating journey through time and culture at our museum, where each exhibit tells a unique story waiting to be explored.

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