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The Secret’s Out: Gregg Museum Earns Best in the Triangle Recognition

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State was selected as “Best-Kept Secret” in INDY Week’s 2022 Best of the Triangle competition.

Two people walk through the gardens outside of the Gregg Museum

Based on the results of INDY Week’s 2022 Best of the Triangle competition, more residents of the area are discovering something the NC State community already knows: the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State is a special place. 

The Gregg was recently selected as “Best-Kept Secret” in INDY Week’s Best of the Triangle 2022: Local Color edition. It was also a finalist for “Best Museum in the Triangle, along with the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Nasher Museum at Duke. Durham’s Museum of Life and Science won in that category.

“We are delighted with any kind of award that recognizes what a fine resource for learning, research and sheer enjoyment the Gregg Museum offers, both for the university and the surrounding community,” said Roger Manley, director and curator. “Even if it’s for being a Best Kept Secret, I think that suggests that the ‘secret’ was a really good one, and should be far more widely known. It’s certainly no secret that this is a terrific museum that we can all be proud to claim for NC State.”

Admission to the Gregg is free for both the NC State community and the greater Raleigh community. This summer, exhibitions on view at the Gregg include:

  • Fascinating collages by an NC State College of Design alumnus, the late Frank Lee Craig 
  • An impressive collection of photographs by Martha Strawn that document one of India’s longest and least-known religious practices, the art of sanctifying space through the creation of threshold diagrams
  • Hand-carved trompe l’oeil sculptures by Eric Serritella that will challenge your perception of both the material and the message, created by an artist whose work is included in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art
  • The chance to step inside a delightful 100-year-old Egyptian tour tent — a fine example of the sort of treasures found in the Gregg’s collection of over 35,000 objects. 

The museum also features a permanent display of objects in the Greenberg Native American Art Study Center. And a trip to the Gregg would not be complete without a stroll through the formal garden filled with plants that attract pollinators, or the childlike joy of witnessing a Vollis Simpson whirligig in action on a windy day.

Learn more about the Gregg, its exhibitions and other programming at