Discover Raleigh Murals

Enjoy the urban art of Raleigh

Our state capitol is home to some incredible works of urban art that celebrate the state’s rich history and culture. If you’re a fan of street art and want to explore the murals of Raliegh there is one guided tour called The Original Downtown Raliegh Murals and Public Art Tour  and several self-guided tours including the Downtown Raleigh Murals Tour


Here are some of the murals I think are must-see in Raliegh.



Abstracted Motion Google Fiber AR mural

When viewed with the naked eye, “Abstracted Motion” depicts five figures in shades of purple and blue, hitting an array of poses. But, when viewed with an accompanying Android smartphone app, the 40-by-60-foot mural practically leaps off the wall. The art piece, painted by Raleigh artist Taylor White, is considered one of the world’s first augmented reality (AR) murals.

Honest Abe mural

Ever wondered what it would be like to see Abraham Lincoln cruising around behind the wheel of a Lincoln automobile? Well, wonder no longer, because the Lincoln Theatre hosts a beautiful mural that brings that exact scene to life on the live music venue’s west-facing wall.


Mount Rushmore of Hip Hop (feat. J. Cole)

Raleigh is one of four cities where you can gaze upon a mural that celebrates what followers of Spotify’s wildly popular Rap Caviar playlist voted as the Mount Rushmore of 2010s hip hop. The mural on S. Dawson St. features colossal portraits of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Fayetteville native J. Cole.


Ann and Allen Iverson mural

As part of CAM Raleigh‘s Above The Rimexhibition (closed in Feb. 2019, the exhibit explored basketball through the lens of art from 16 international artists), Stephen “ESPO” Powers re-created a scene from 1990s NBA history—Allen Iverson, sitting on the bench during an actual game, having his hair braided by his mom Ann. A “shoutout to moms everywhere,” as Powers described it on Instagram.


Honoring Levelle Moton

North Carolina Central University coach LeVelle Moton is a certified living legend, a distinction now immortalized via a beautiful mural at the corner of Salisbury and Hargett Sts. in downtown Raleigh. Designed by Adam Williams and constructed by mural artist Sean Kernick, the piece features Moton surrounded by championship trophies, family and organizations like the Raleigh Boys and Girls Club that helped shape him. “Coach Mo,” who grew up in Southeast Raleigh, leaves his mark on the region, on and off the court, giving back and inspiring through the Velle Cares Foundation as well as transforming his old Raleigh neighborhood by partnering with the city to develop more affordable housing.


Oaks and Spokes mural

Teamwork makes the dream work. That’s why Oaks and Spokes, a nonprofit organization fostering the cycling community in Raleigh, partnered with Crank Arm Brewing (a rad bike-themed brewery in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District) to thank riders for doing what they do.


Education Wall 1992

Take a stroll around Government Mall off Wilmington and Lane Sts. in downtown Raleigh, and you’ll end up passing “Education Wall 1992.” By pairing quotes like, “You are a child. You are suitable to be awed,” with kid-like doodles and drawings, the mural inspires the student in us all.


At CAM Raleigh, artist Dorian Lynde’s critically acclaimed No Damsel exhibition was a hit. The exhibition featured a series of murals and paintings with reimagined, modern-day Disney princesses. 


John Prine Tribute

As part of the 2019 Grammy push, the record label for John Prine—the late American country and folk music legend—commissioned this mural to be painted by artist Scott Nurkin during the 2018 PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh. John Prine was an American singer-songwriter of country-folk music that has elements of protest and social commentary.

The Good of the Hive

Look out for this giant mural when you visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. “The Good of the Hive” is an artistic initiative founded by Matthew Willey on a personal commitment to hand-paint 50,000 honeybees—the number necessary for a healthy, thriving hive—in murals around the world. You can find 11 on the mural in Raleigh! 


Artist Max Dowdle created two murals at the City’s Vehicle Fleet facility off Westinghouse Boulevard, highlighting the City’s commitment to green energy.

The murals highlight renewable propane, a plant-based fuel from vegetable oils and other fats. Renewable propane produces far less greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels and is essential to the City’s Community Climate Action Plan.

Max was inspired to create “In the Land of Clean Energy,” which depicts a clean energy machine located among large-scale vegetation, showing how nature and machines can co-exist. The two murals, one on a sustainable propane tank and one on a block wall, are located at the City of Raleigh’s Vehicle Fleet at 2550 Westinghouse Blvd.

Free Expression Tunnel

The iconic Free Expression Tunnel is the longest, widest and most heavily-used pedestrian tunnel on the North Carolina State University campus. True to its name, it’s also where students and visitors alike can express thoughts and feelings about anything—some of which manifests itself in some truly unique artwork. Local tip: Look for the “Express Yourself” plaque dedicated by the University in 2006.


Next time you venture to our state’s capital make sure to enjoy these great public art installations and so many more!

1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
4 to 12

Dolly Parton and Beyond- Get off the Beaten Path of Asheville Street Art

Get ready to immerse yourself in Asheville's vibrant urban art scene on this guided walking tour! We'll explore hidden alleyways and bustling streets, discovering the stories and artistic talents behind the city's most captivating murals.
Our adventure begins in the River Arts District downtown, where the city’s art culture was born. We'll marvel at diverse styles, from photorealistic portraits to abstract creations. Our knowledgeable guide will share insights into the local artists and the messages they aim to convey.
No Asheville art tour is complete without a visit to West Asheville! Here, a vibrant community spirit shines through the colorful murals that adorn the walls. We'll stop by the legendary Beauty Parade Hair Salon, where a true Asheville icon – Dolly Parton – graces the side of the building. Artist Gus Cutty's creation features Dolly in all her rhinestone-studded glory, joined by the fabulous RuPaul in a recent update. Snap a selfie with this Instagram-famous mural and learn the story behind this unexpected artistic duo.
We will encounter murals that celebrate Asheville's rich cultural heritage, and local businesses close to the community's heart, or whimsical designs that spark your imagination. Our guide will keep you engaged with interesting facts and anecdotes about the murals and the artists who breathe life into Asheville's streets.
This tour is perfect for art enthusiasts, photography lovers, or anyone seeking a unique way to experience Asheville's culture. It's a chance to appreciate the artistic energy that pulsates through the city and be surprised by the beauty found in unexpected corners. So hop on the bus and join us on a colorful adventure!

1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
4 to 12

Walls that Speak-Mountain Mural Tour-River Arts and Downtown Asheville

Creativity abounds in Asheville and our artists love to take to the streets. Join us on a colorful urban art tour through the River Arts District and Downtown Asheville with an amazing collection of murals, graffiti, sculpture, and street art installations. You’ll learn about the creators’ stories and inspirations, local history, and the community businesses that have made Asheville a national tourist destination.

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1 hour
Group Size
2 to 12

Asheville Art Walk: Street Art Gems of Foundy Street in the River Arts District

Asheville Art Walk : A Graffiti and Mural Tour of the River Arts District

Unleash your inner art explorer on Walk the Line, a guided walking tour through the vibrant graffiti scene of Asheville's River Arts District (RAD)!

Immerse yourself in a world of artistic expression as we navigate the dynamic streets of the RAD, uncovering hidden alleys and showcasing large-scale murals. Our expert guide will peel back the layers, deciphering the messages and techniques behind each piece.

Here's what you can expect:

Discover iconic works by renowned Asheville street artists.
Learn the history and evolution of Asheville's graffiti scene.
Gain insights into the local artists' inspirations and styles.
Explore the cultural significance and impact of street art.
Uncover hidden gems tucked away in unexpected corners.
Capture Instagram-worthy photos of Asheville's most captivating street art.

Asheville Art Walk is perfect for:

Art enthusiasts curious about the world of graffiti.
Visitors seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience.
Anyone who appreciates the vibrancy and raw energy of urban art.

Join us on the Asheville Art Walk and discover the hidden gems of the River Arts District!

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2 hours
Group Size
Up to 14

Unveiling the Urban Canvas: A Private Asheville Mural Tour

Asheville Mural Unveiling: A Private Tour for Teams, Families & Celebrations

Transform your next team outing, family reunion, or birthday bash into a unique and unforgettable experience with Asheville Mural Unveiling, a private walking tour celebrating the city's vibrant street art scene!

Unleash creativity and spark connection:

Team Building: Our interactive tour fosters collaboration and communication as your group works together to decipher hidden messages and artistic styles within the murals.
Family Fun: Engage all ages with a captivating exploration of Asheville's colorful streets. Capture the excitement of discovery and create lasting memories together.
Birthday Celebrations: Make your special day even more unique! This private tour offers a personalized touch and a backdrop for amazing photos to commemorate the occasion.

Tailored to your group:

Flexibility: Customize the tour route and pace to suit your group's interests and abilities.
Engaging Guide: Our knowledgeable guide will share fascinating insights into the history and cultural significance of Asheville's murals, keeping everyone entertained and informed.
Photo Opportunities: Stop and capture stunning photos in front of the city's most captivating street art.

Asheville Mural Unveiling is the perfect way to:

Bond with colleagues outside the office.
Create lasting memories with loved ones.
Experience Asheville's artistic pulse in a fun and interactive way.

Make your next gathering truly special with Asheville Mural Unveiling! Contact us today to book your private tour.

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3 hours
Group Size
Up to 14

Bride Tribe, Ditch the Veil! Unleash Your Inner Artist on Our Bachelorette Beverage & Art Tour!


Skip the clichés and raise a glass to creativity! Our Asheville Bachelorette Art and Beverage Tour lets you and your besties explore the city's vibrant street art scene while indulging in the local craft beverage culture.

Immerse yourselves in:

A curated street art tour: Uncover hidden art gems and gain insights into the city's artistic soul from your knowledgeable guide.
Asheville's booming beverage scene: Sample delicious craft beers, ciders, or wines – all with a backdrop of stunning murals.
Sisterhood and laughter: Celebrate your bride-to-be with unforgettable experiences and photo-worthy moments.

What's Included:

Expertly guided street art tour
Tastings at multiple breweries, cideries, or wineries (depending on your preference)
Insider knowledge on Asheville's art and beverage scene

Ready to toast with your besties?

Book your tour today and let the artistic adventure begin! (Link to booking page)

Optional Add-on: For added convenience, upgrade your experience with pick-up and drop-off directly at your accommodation (fee based on distance).

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