Registered Guests Programming
For registered guests, continental breakfast will be offered in a separate hospitality room on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30-10:30am. Registration for this program will be $100.
On Monday (October 4), enjoy a narrated tour of downtown Raleigh aboard the Raleigh Trolley. The Trolley will pick up guests from the hotel at 10am. Tour will last about an hour.
The Historic Raleigh Trolleys are Raleigh’s only mobile park facility providing both historic charter tours and special event transportation. Styled after Raleigh’s original trolleys from the early 1900s, hop aboard the trolley to learn more about Raleigh’s history. The trolley goes by Mordecai Historic Park, Bicentennial Plaza, Joel Lane Museum House, State Government landmarks and the City Market.
On Tuesday (October 5), guest will have the opportunity to tour the James B. Hunt Library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. Vans will depart at 10am for the 10:30am tour.
The NCSU Libraries has earned an international reputation for an intense and sustained focus on how students learn and how faculty create and share knowledge in an age of digital technology and collaboration. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library builds on all we have learned to create an iconic building that captures the spirit of NC State University’s strengths in science, engineering, technology, and textiles.
Designed to be a major competitive advantage for the university, the Hunt Library is a signature building that both enables and reflects NC State’s vision as a preeminent technological research university recognized for its innovative education and research addressing the grand challenges of society. Its bold design is a visual statement of its bold purpose: to be a place not of the past but of the future, a place where our students, faculty, and partners can gather to research, learn, experiment, collaborate, and strengthen NC State’s long tradition of leading transformative change.
On Wednesday (October 6), vans will transport guests to the North Carolina Art Museum (NCMA) for the morning. Ranked by Insider as one of the top 25 museums in the country, the NCMA is an absolute must-see for visitors to the area.
The museum is comprised of two buildings: the recently completed West Building, which holds the permanent collection, and the original building (East Building), which offers rotating exhibitions and educational programs. The stunning West Building offers outstanding works of art from antiquity to the present, including European, American, African, Egyptian and Jewish art. The galleries offer excellent examples of work that range from Greek sculpture to Renaissance paintings to contemporary photographs.
The NCMA campus is also home to the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, the nation’s largest museum art park with 164 acres of trails and monumental public art installations. Designed to connect art, nature and people, the Museum Park encourages creative experiences and human interactions. A few popular pieces are Thomas Sayre’s Gyre (pictured below) and Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky, a visual illusion that allows visitors to virtually walk among the clouds and the treetops using a technology that requires nothing but sunshine.