Friday, February 27, 2015

Special Announcement!

The museum will open at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 27. Please check this website or our social media channels for updates.

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!


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

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 > 

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


American POWs and Vietnamese Re-Education Camps

Cmdr. William Tschundy, Brig. Gen. Norman Gaddis, and Col. Hien Vo

These three men survived years of terror as prisoners of the North Vietnamese communist government during the Vietnam War—Tschundy and Gaddis, who were held as American POWs, and Vo, who was held in a “re-education” camp.

Sponsored in part by North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Inc. and the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.
African American History Tour
Saturday, February 28
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Explore the lives and accomplishments of African American North Carolinians from the antebellum period to the civil rights era.

Time for Tots: St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesdays, March 3 or 10, 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.

Discover the history, foodways, and traditions of St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that’s been observed by the Irish for 1,000 years. Before you head home, make a craft to give you the luck o’ the Irish!

History Hunters: Land of the Longleaf
Wednesday, March 4, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 10–13
$3 per child; $1 for museum members plus state and local taxes
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7988.

Find out about the trees that once kept an empire’s ships afloat, contributed to the pleasures of paved roads, and even caused financial booms and busts.

First Fridays at the Museum 
Friday, March 6, 5–9 p.m.

Visit The Story of North Carolina chronological history exhibition on the lobby level and the Starring North Carolina! film exhibit (admission required; last tickets sold at 8 p.m.) on the third floor. Before you leave, stop by the Museum Shop for a souvenir of your evening. The North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild will be organizing tastings of beer from Bear Creek Brews. 

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

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