Saturday, July 04, 2015

Ways to Give

Donor Testimony

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

Ms. Betty Ray McCain 
Foundation Board Member

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Grab a Bite at the Museum!

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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

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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 > 

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol:
Service, Safety, Sacrifice

January 31-August 2, 2015


The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was created in 1929 to address the increase in motor vehicle traffic on the state’s highways and the resulting increase in fatalities. Learn aboutthe agency'srich history through artifacts and images in this lobby exhibit.
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The Story of
North Carolina


This major permanent exhibit traces life in North Carolina from the area’s first inhabitants through the 20th century. Learn more >

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Highlighted Events


First Fridays at the Museum
Friday, July 3

While the museum is open during the day, note that evening events for First Fridays at the Museum have been canceled.
Independence Day 
Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy some festivities downtown, then cool off with a visit to our galleries, including Starring North Carolina!
Time for Tots: Stars and Stripes
Tuesday, July 7 or 14, 10–10:45 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$3 per child; $1 for museum members (plus state and local taxes)
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7979.

Learn about the parts and designs of a flag, then make your own flag to fly at home!

History à la Carte: Southern Impressions 
Wednesday, July 8, noon–1 p.m. 
Bring your lunch; beverages provided. 

Michael A. Ausbon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts

An exhibit opening in December, 
Southern Impressions: Paintings from the James-Farmer Collection, will explore stories of southern people, culture, and landscape through loaned paintings and museum artifacts. Ausbon will discuss details of this upcoming exhibit, which features a painting collection from Dr. Everette James and Dr. Nancy Farmer.

Starring North Carolina! Film Series: The Conjuring 
Friday, July 10, 6 p.m.
$5 per person; $4 for museum members (plus state and local taxes)
MPAA rating: R-V; run time: 112 min. 

The Conjuring (2013) was shot at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Starring North Carolina! exhibits costumes and some prop equipment used during filming.

2nd Saturdays: Soaps, Salves, and Sassafras
Saturday, July 11, 1–4 p.m. (drop-in program)

Learn how plants have been and are currently used for medicine and hygiene. Sample sassafras tea, and take home recipes and tips to keep you and your house fresh all summer long.