Must See Raleigh NC Murals
Searching for the best Raleigh NC murals? Whether you’re looking for the best street art, the best Instagram spots, or just love public art like me…you definitely should check out the art scene in Raleigh, North Carolina!
More and more murals have begun to pop up all over Raleigh! And while it’s difficult to choose the top ten Raleigh NC murals, I’m going to do my best to share with you some of my favorite picks. Of course “the best” is subjective, so just know there are more murals throughout the city that are beautiful and special too!
So are you ready? Let’s take a Raleigh mural tour!
Downtown Raleigh Murals
Searching for street art is such a fun activity in Raleigh and one of the most unique things to do in North Carolina! You can find a bunch of street art in downtown Raleigh and while you can find quite a few of the murals within walking distance of each other, it may be difficult to find all of them on walking tour. I’ve noted which ones are within walking distance of each other.
BONUS: I love randomly finding different beautiful pieces of street art…but you can easily turn mural hunting into a fun scavenger hunt too! Simply subscribe below if you’d like a printable PDF scavenger hunt for the downtown Raleigh murals you can find within walking distance of one another!
I love anything bright and colorful! So “Color Pop Corner” is one of my all time favorites! It’s so happy and cheerful and you just can’t walk past it without smiling. Location: 101 S. Blount St. This mural is located on the backside of Marbles Kids Museum and if you are visiting Raleigh with children then Marbles should be top of your list of fun things to do!
This butterfly mural is also right by Marbles Kids Museum, so you can easily walk to both murals within a matter of minutes. The butterfly mural has faded over the years but it’s still a beauty and makes my favorites list! Location: 126 S. Blount St. I mean who doesn’t love butterflies??
The “All are Welcome” mural has recently received a face lift. Although it has the same message it looks just a tad different. Either way, I love it and its message. Location: 432 S. McDowell St. (right near the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater). Check out Instagram for it’s latest look. You can easily walk to the next mural, it’s only five minutes away!
I’m a big fan of flowers so it totally makes sense that I’m obsessed with all murals by Ouizi (Louise Jones). And Raleigh is super lucky to have not one but two of her murals! This one called Indian summer is located downtown while her other piece is at the NC Museum of Art. Location: 227 W. Davie St. (right next to Benchmark Autoworks).
These modern Disney princesses are always a huge hit with the Instagram seekers! I love them too and think they definitely belong on a list of best Raleigh NC murals. While you’re in the area pop in to see what’s going on at the Contemporary Museum of Art Raleigh. Location: 409 W. Martin St. Heads up…walk just five minutes to the next mural!
This color block wall is super simple yet super fun! Location: 119 S. Harrington St. While you’re in the area grab some seriously good food from Morgan Street Food Hall and pop into one of my all time favorite boutiques, The Flourish Market. The next mural is still walkable but it’s a bit further than the previous murals. If you’re up for it, Sprinkles is about .7 miles walking distance.
I would be remiss by not mentioning the iconic “Sprinkles” the bobcat in the Glenwood South District of Raleigh by Lisa Gaither. Location: 407 Glenwood Ave. Hit up the very popular and fun Raleigh Beer Garden while you’re in the area (they’re kid and pet friendly)!
Murals Beyond Downtown Raleigh
This second Ouizi mural is located at the NC Museum of Art. Commissioned during the George O’Keefe exhibit, it’s another stunning and classic Ouizi piece. Of course, while you’re at the museum, you should definitely take advantage of the inside and outside art! The NC Museum of Art is unique in that in addition to the inside exhibits, there are also many trails for walking, running, and biking. Location: 2210 Blue Ridge Rd.
The “You’re stronger than you know” mural is probably one of my all time favorites just because I love a positive message. This and the “Enjoy Raleigh” featured in the very beginning of this post are right near each other in the North Hills shopping center specifically right near Sur La Table. Location: 4421 Six Forks Rd.
INSIDER TIP: North Hills is one of our very favorite areas in Raleigh for food and shopping!
- Our favorite North Hills restaurants: Coquette Brasserie, Bartaco, and The Cowfish.
- Our favorite North Hills shopping: Monkee’s of Raleigh, Lou Lou Boutique, and J. Mclaughlin.
- Our favorite North Hills entertainment: Kings Dining & Entertainment.
- BONUS!! Check out this awesome sidewalk street art while you’re at North Hills!!
Last, but certainly not least, is the “I Believe in Raleigh” wall mural at Sola Coffee Cafe in North Raleigh. I LOVE this coffee shop and it’s not just me because they’re typically pretty busy! INSIDER TIP: Try the avocado toast, a vanilla latte, and their mini donuts. You won’t regret it!
Visiting Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is one of the best cities to visit in North Carolina! After you’ve checked off these amazing Raleigh NC murals, here are a few other ideas of fun things to do:
- Visit a museum! While you’re downtown you can check out the NC Museum of History or NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
- Catch a sporting event. From college sports to professional hockey we have a ton of sports to choose from.
- Opt outdoors at one of our amazing parks. We recommend Umstead Park, Pullen Park, or historic Yates Mill County Park.
- Indulge in the amazing foodie scene. Check out our picks for the top family friendly Raleigh restaurants.
- Check out the NC State Farmers Market!
Want more Triangle street art? Stay tuned for a post on murals in Durham, NC!
So what do you think? Do you agree with my favorite picks? Like I said previously, picking a top ten is really hard, but this will give you a start if you’re searching for street art. Which mural will you check out first?