Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Donor Testimony

Why I support the North Carolina Museum of History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution...

Mr. Robert C. Doherty
Board Member
North Carolina Museum of History Foundation

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Monday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.


5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
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Free (charge for some special exhibits)

Featured Exhibits


The Martin Years, 1985–1993
November 9, 2014–
January 11, 2015

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of James G. Martin’s election as governor of North Carolina in 1984, this exhibit features personal and historical items associated with the state’s first two-term Republican governor and his wife, Dottie. For more information, click here.

Starring North Carolina!
November 15, 2014- September 7, 2015

Starring North Carolina! is an exhibition that will serve as the centerpiece of a celebration of filmmaking in the Tar Heel State. In addition to the exhibit, our celebration will also feature a film series and a film festival. Learn more > 

Stagville: Black & White

March 1, 2014-February 1, 2015

Photographer Brenda Scott showcases the natural beauty of Historic Stagville while capturing the spirit of those who once lived there and connecting the past and the present in this exhibit of her work. Learn more >

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Highlighted Events

First Night Raleigh: Out of This World

Wednesday, December 31
2–6 p.m. (children’s celebration)
6 p.m. (exhibits close)
7–11 p.m. (events in Daniels Auditorium)
First Night button required for entry—buy yours in the Museum Shop. For more information, call Artsplosure at 919-832-8699 or visit

Journey to the land of imagination with Artsplosure’s New Year’s Eve celebration and the museum’s film exhibit, Starring North Carolina!  Buy one exhibit admission and get one free, with your First Night button—until 6 p.m., when the exhibit closes.

First Fridays at the Museum Are Back!

Friday, January 2, 5–9 p.m.

The Museum of History is again celebrating First Fridays in Raleigh! This month, The Story of North Carolina exhibit on the lobby level and the Museum Shop are open.

Time for Tots: Skates, Skis, and Sleds

Tuesday, January 6 or 13, 10–10:45 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$3 per child; $1 for museum members
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7979.

Find out about winter activities that were popular in the past, and make your own tiny sled or skis from popsicle sticks to take home.

History Corner: Lighting the Way

Wednesday, January 7, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
$3 per child; $1 for museum members
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7988.

What have people used to light up their lives? Find out, from oil lamps to candles to electricity.

History Hunters: Night Lights
Wednesday, January 7, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 10–13
$3 per child; $1 for museum members

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7988.

Night was once considered a different season, as different from day as winter is from summer. Learn how people used to find their way in the murky dark.

Starring North Carolina! Film Series: Brainstorm
Friday, January 9, 6 p.m. $5 per person; $4 for museum members MPAA rating: PG; run time: 106 min.
Ira David Wood III, Actor

Raleigh actor Wood was originally asked to help cast locals for 
Brainstorm. In addition, he was eventually cast to play Natalie Wood’s boyfriend, Barry. Brainstorm was shot in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Southern Pines, as well as at Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills. 

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Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

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