North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh

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An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum fosters a passion for North Carolina history, with more than 14,000 years to learn about and explore, from the state’s earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The major exhibition The Story of North Carolina features fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, and an interactive format for all ages. Other exhibits highlight the state’s military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Monthly programs include children’s programs, craft demonstrations and family events. The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Pharaoh’s @ the Museum are open daily.

Admission is free, although some special exhibits require a fee. Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton Street lot. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.

To book group tours (10 people or more), call 919-807-7950 or toll-free 866-724-8687. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, www.ncculture.com.
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  • This was a wonderful exhibit. Having not known much about WWI (I am more of a Revolutionary War, Civil War and WWII interest), this was excellent. The interactive displays were excellent. It was obvio...  more »
  • My adult daughter and I toured the museum Feb 3, 2018. It was a cold winter day, great place to spend the afternoon learning all about the History of our state. The exhibits are wonderfully done and i...  more »
  • We took out of town relatives to the NC Museum of History primarily because of one relative's interest in history. We saw the North Carolina history exhibit, which covers the earliest native settlers ...  more »
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  • My favorite museum in NC. Currently they are hosting a WWI exhibit from the Smithsonian and it is extremely well done. Very interesting weapons, armor specific to that conflict's trench warfare, medals (even a Congressional Medal of Honor), shells, uniforms, and an assortment of gas masks are just a few highlights. Definitely worth catching before the exhibit moves on. And, it's free! They also have a women's clothing/style exhibit, sports exhibit and a war through the ages exhibit with a really nice Civil War section.
  • Great place to take your kids. Tjis museum has a great flow of the history of North Carolina. I was really amazed when I walked in and how every was well put together. With real stuff being put on display to tell the historical story they did an awesome job of embarking on the journey of the state.
  • Amazing history museum!! All sorts of exhibits, interesting educational films and interactive displays from all throughout NC history! Awesome special exhibits too, so you know there's always something new to look forward to ... but it's hard to imagine even being able to take it all in just looking at the regular displays. Something for everyone and DEFINITELY NOT boring! They also have special events all year celebrating the cultural heritage & arts of a variety of different groups, including American Indians, an African Festival and a Celtic Festival. Also, they have special lectures and history related movies in the auditorium. I've probably only scratched the surface, this place is great! And oh yeah, it's FREE!
  • Great place to learn history and very important to learn history. We must know our history so that we don't keep repeating arms Stakes. Plus more importantly I think these exhibits are powerful to help us release emotional blockages and get a new energy and purpose about what are life is here on Earth. Certainly not to enhance warmongers but to promote peace and have peaceful lives and be at peace within themselves.
  • Wow.. Where to begin.. This is an amazing museum. The natural history and science museums are right next to each other. Both are free. You can donate money if you so choose but all exhibits are free of costs. If you want to take in any 3d movies, you can buy the tickets. These museums remind me of the DC museums. While both have their unique features, I feel these Raliegh museums can stand in its own any day and in many areas stand a bit above. Also it has many activities and many of the research labs are open to public at least parts of it. The exhibits themselves are simply amazing, well laid out and explained. Great job museum crew!! Just the very best. I was very impressed with the museums. We were visiting from Charlotte and this was our first time here.I definitely plan to bring my son many more times till he is old enough to bring himself :-)
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