North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh

4.7
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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 museum is quite comprehensive in terms of collections and size. It almost makes you feel like a "National Museum of the Southern History of the U.S." What are missing are the Contemporary History...  more »
  • This is a unique state museum in that it is ONLY NC history. It takes you from the Bronze age to modern times...with very little hiding. While it doesn't exactly go in to detail about slavery, they do...  more »
  • And the price is right! Free admission (they do accept donations, though). Located in the heart of downtown, across the street from the state legislature and next to the just-as-phenomenal science mus...  more »
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  • Was in town from the West Coast and wanted to get some of the history of the South and this museum did an excellent job. The main exhibits are completely free, we didn't have to spend a cent. I loved the general history and my husband really enjoyed the sports exhibit.
  • The North Carolina Museum of History is a remarkable establishment. My first visit here was educational and no less than breathtaking. The viewing of The Smithsonian Channel’s The Green Book to commemorate Black History Month was an experience like no other. From the delicious food during the reception hour to the remarkable and passionate panel discussion, I am forever impressed.
  • Very neat and well laid out museum.. I gave it 4 stars because I feel like some of the information displayed was not as accurate as I would expect it to be at a museum (a place if knowledge transfer- a place of truth) not a place of comfort, If the truth is not pleasant. When I go to museums I expect to learn hard truths. A few displays in the museum were a bit "gentle" therefore distorting the entire point of learning about the United States (north Carolina) history -and how all of these events led up to what we now know as NC. Also how to understand the point of view of those that now reside within this country; and the problems many ppl may still face today. (Some of these pics have the "gentle" "untrue" info on it that I refer to in my review- find it 👀)
  • I have been here dozens of times. It's actually a great place for a first date or a family trip on a weekend (just be prepared to search for parking) and you can literally spends hours here, their collection is so expansive. This trip was very memorable for me because of the temp FASHION exhibit they were showcasing. It was kewl. They had examples of fashion throughout the decades going all the way back to the 1700's!
  • Such a nice and clean museum!! The displays are well maintained, the interactive displays all worked and we're engaging for even the smallest visitor. We are incredibly grateful to have two really fun museums to visit and always learn something new each trip!!
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