Waterworks Visual Arts Center

Providing diverse opportunities in the arts for all people through exhibitions, education, & outreach programs.

Plan Your Visit

Waterworks Visual Arts Center is located at 123 E. Liberty Street in the East Square Cultural Arts District of historic downtown Salisbury.  We are 2 blocks from the Amtrak Station and within walking distance of many shops, historical sites, the public library, and eating establishments in our downtown and surrounding areas.
Gallery Hours:
MONDAY-FRIDAY -  10am-4pm
Closed Major Holidays (see below)

There is NO CHARGE for admission. Donations are appreciated.
Photography is not permitted in the galleries. We do offer contact information for artists and you may contact them directly for any additional information, prices and/or photographs of their work(s).
Docent-led group tour and school tours are offered. To make arrangements please call the Greeter Desk at 704-636-1882 to schedule a day and time for your personal tour.

Waterworks will be closed on the following days in 2021-2022:
     Monday, Sept. 6, 2021                 Labor Day
     Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 24-26      Thanksgiving holiday
     Thursday & Friday, Dec. 23-24      Christmas holiday
     Friday, Dec. 31                            New Year's holiday    
     Monday, Jan. 17, 2022                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
     Monday, Feb. 21                          President's Day
     Friday & Monday, April 15-18        Easter holiday
     Monday, May 30                          Memorial Day

Waterworks strives to be a leader and innovator in the exhibition of art and in museum education. We are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) as a non-collecting art museum. This highly honored accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. We are one of only 12 art museums currently accredited in North Carolina.
We offer visitors a sculpture courtyard, sensory gardens, and three revolving exhibitions annually featuring some of the most creative and expressive artwork from regional and national emerging/established artists. 
Waterworks is handicapped accessible. We provide designated handicapped parking spaces, wide entrance doors and an elevator for access to the 2nd floor. Benches are provided throughout the galleries for those requiring the need to sit.


From I-85: Take Interstate 85 to Exit 76.  If coming from the south (Charlotte area) turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Innes Street (Hwy. 52).  If coming from the north (Greensboro area) turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Innes Street (Hwy. 52). Make a right on Main Street (downtown Salisbury), make a right on Liberty Street. 


Free parking is available on East Liberty Street, North Lee Street, East Council Street, and in the "Depot Lot" at the corner of East Council Street and Depot Street.  All free parking is within two blocks of Waterworks. Handicap parking spaces are available at the entrance to Waterworks.
During non-business hours, free parking is available in the F&M Bank lot which adjoins the Waterworks.  To access the F&M Bank lot please use the Liberty Street entrance and pull slowly up to the automatic gate. Gate arm will lift as you approach.