If you’ve been to the North Carolina Museum of Art since its new building debuted in early 2010, then you’ve experienced one of the top art museums of the Southeast in a new light and are probably already impressed.  For all of those out there who loved it, brace yourselves for some unbelievable news: it gets better.

As if the gorgeous new NCMA building isn’t enough, the original building, now referred to as the East Building, is opening in November with beautiful, transformed exhibit spaces that will allow multiple concurrent exhibitions of varying scale.

On November 7th, five new exhibits will open in the East Building, including: American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, Bob Troutman: Inverted Utopias, Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Binh Danh: In the Eclipse of Angkor, and John James Audubon’s The Birds of America.  And you won’t believe that four of them are absolutely free to enjoy.

Timed tickets for American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell are on sale now and can be purchased here.  This featured exhibit traces the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career.  This is the first major exhibit at the transformed NCMA and is perfect for visitors of all ages.  Get your tickets, grab your family and friends and head out to NCMA’s newest addition to see just how much better it can get.