Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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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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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 > 

Highlighted Events


Bridal Open House
Thursday, August 6, 6–9 p.m.
$5 (plus state and local taxes)
Proceeds from this event will support Made Especially for You by Willie Otey Kay, an exhibit (opening in January 2016) that showcases several timeless dresses and gowns made by North Carolina's prominent African American designer and dressmaker from the 1940s through the 1990s.

Looking for a unique wedding reception venue? The Museum of History can provide that for your special event! Come, and let our staff show you what makes us special! Enjoy a glass of wine and sample dishes from our approved caterers; get make-up and hair tips from Aveda and Carmen! Carmen! Prestige Salon; listen to music from our sponsor Swing On!; and check out table settings and décor from our sponsors CE Rental and Table of Contents. 

First Fridays at the Museum
Friday, August 7, 5–9 p.m.

Visit The Story of North Carolina chronological history exhibition on the lobby level and the Starring North Carolina! film exhibit (last tickets sold at 8 p.m.) on the third floor. Before you leave, stop by the Museum Shop to look for a souvenir. The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild will be organizing tastings of beer from Carolina Brewery of Chapel Hill during the evening.

Earl Owensby: Tar Heel Film Legend
Friday, August 7, 6–7:30 p.m.

Earl Owensby, Film Producer, and Noel T. Manning, Professor, Gardner-Webb University; Radio Host; Filmmaker, Earl Owensby, the Man . . . the Myth

Owensby opened North Carolina’s first modern independent production studio in 1973—then, the largest facility of its kind outside of Hollywood. In 1997 Manning traced Owensby and his studio through the creation of such movies as Wolfman, Living Legend: The King of Rock and Roll, Dogs of Hell (also known as Rottweiler), Tales of the Third Dimension, and Hyperspace. Highlights of the evening will include clips from some of Owensby’s classic films.
2nd Saturdays: Dirty History
Saturday, August 8, 1–4 p.m. (drop-in program)

North Carolina has dirt in its past. Find out about and play in the amazing variety of soils in the state, and learn about the father of soil conservation, Hugh Hammond Bennett. Also, visit the Dig It! exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences, and make a “dirt dessert” to take home!

North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 
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