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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  • 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!
  • 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 :-)
  • Overall pretty good but the North Carolina History exhibit should have a more nuanced account of the state's political history. Literally the only mention of political parties is "Lincoln was a Republican and Democrats wanted slavery." If you're going to bring up politics in NC history at all, you had better try to explain how the parties and their priorities have evolved over time. NC politics could easily have its own exhibit at the museum.
  • We used to take the children here on school trips and also on our own but most recently we've discovered the First Fridays for downtown Raleigh. The museum offered a special showing of the first in flight where they brought in a speaker to tell all about the Wright brothers first flight. It was a fascinating event we even got to make paper airplanes and fly them off the top row. They opened up the gift store and also offered 20% off of our purchase we bought two bottles of the Christmas flavored wine it was delicious. They also had a local Brewery in there if you'd like to try their wines and also were selling beer by the pint. All this was free. After the event was over we walk down to artspace in toward there for a little while and then had dinner at buku absolutely perfect date night for us.
  • My wife and I took a trip to visit Raleigh, and I was very impressed with this museum. They had an incredible amount of coverage and detail in everything. I only wish we had more time to visit.

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