Raleigh is known as the “Smithsonian of the South” for its free-admission museums.

For groups with passions for art and culture, Raleigh’s museums make for a welcome activity after meetings. They can also stand in as alternative offsite event venues.

Renowned for its spectacular three-story SECU Daily Planet theater, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the state’s top visitor draw. Versatile rental spaces on all five floors can host intimate dinners up to 2,300-person events.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s 160-acre outdoor Art Park features sculptures for art fans and nature lovers along its many walkable trails.

The museum also has versatile indoor spaces for corporate events, including the 250-capacity West Building Great Hall and an auditorium for presentations, seminars and performances.

NC State’s architecturally striking Gregg Museum of Art & Design just went through a LEED Gold-certified expansion, offering sustainable spaces for events ranging from corporate meetings to cocktail parties. The museum has a wealth of exhibits for groups to explore, housing the largest collection of out-of-state art in North Carolina.

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