When exploring a city such as Raleigh, it’s always nice to find tons of free things to do. While some cities charge high admission costs for museums and historic sites, Greater Raleigh has dozens you can access without even taking out your wallet.

Art lovers will be happy to hear that the North Carolina Museum of Art displays its large permanent collection to the public for free. The NCMA Museum Park is also open to the public year-round. The Gregg Museum of Art and Design presents a series of changing exhibits throughout the year, showcasing the finest regional, national and international visual arts for free to the general public.

History buffs will love touring the North Carolina Executive Mansion. The mansion does require an appointment for the tour, but this is a real historical treat that is wonderfully free. For a huge dose of history, the North Carolina Museum of History will give you your fill as you explore its many free exhibits. To explore local history, the Raleigh City Museum in the heart of downtown is a great place to learn without paying a dime.

The range of free museums doesn’t stop there. From the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to the Fuquay-Varina Museums Complex, your visit to Greater Raleigh will be filled with science, government, art, and national and local history, all for free!