Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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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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Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

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


5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
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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 > 

 scruggs banjo Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals
August 29, 2014-May 17, 2015

From the early 1950s to the early 1980s, bluegrass festivals and fiddlers’ conventions, record labels, and television shows all helped to popularize bluegrass music. This year’s lobby case features promotional posters, album covers, and television clips.
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Stagville: Black & White

March 1, 2014-January 25, 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 >

North Carolina and the Civil War: The Bitter End, 1864–1865

The third and final exhibit in the Civil War sesquicentennial series begins in the spring of 1864, when heavy fighting in Virginia was thinning the ranks of Tar Heel troops, and closes with the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah in Liverpool, England on November 6, 1865. Learn more>

The Story of North Carolina

Permanent exhibit using artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, interactives, and other components to chronicle life in North Carolina from the earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. Learn more

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Highlighted Events

Time for Tots: First in Flight
Tuesday, December 2 or 9, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$3 per child; $1 for museum members
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7979.

Learn about the Wright brothers’ plane and other famous flying machines, then make a paper plane or helicopter to fly at home.

Members’ Family Holiday Party
Sunday, December 7, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
$35 per member, $45 nonmembers; $10 per child, ages 7–18; free, children under 6

The North Carolina Museum of History Associates host the annual family holiday party for museum members, with activities and delights for all ages! For more information

History à la Carte: Stewards of the Sandhills
Wednesday, December 10, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Carnes-McNaughton will discussion settlement the Sandhills from pre-history up to the Fort Bragg purchase of 1918. She will also describe the post’s cultural resources program, its objectives, and its long-term stewardship goals and partnerships.

Capitol Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 11, 5–7:30 p.m.

Bring the family to the annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on the Capitol grounds. Seasonal music and hands-on fun will highlight this evening at the museum. Museum and Museum Shop open until 7:30 p.m.
From 5 to 7:30 p.m., get half-price admission to the new exhibit Starring North Carolina!

Starring North Carolina! Film Series: Iron Man 3
Friday, December 12, 6 p.m.
$5 per person; $4 for museum members

Bryan Simmons, Memorabilia Collector

Much of Iron Man 3 was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and around Wilmington. In addition, the headquarters of SAS Institute and Epic Games Inc., both in Cary, served as the headquarters of Stark Industries. The film also shot on and above Oak Island, near Kenansville, and in Rose Hill. See if you can find any landmarks you recognize.  (MPAA rating: PG-13), run time: 130 min.

Make It, Take It: Holiday Ornament
Saturday, December 13, 1–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Learn about Tar Heel holiday traditions, and make a Victorian-style ornament to take home.

Nixon, Blevins, & Gage: Picking on Christmas
Sunday, December 14, 3 p.m.

Finger-picking guitarist Larry Nixon, cross-picking and flat-picking guitarist David Blevins, and bassist Steve Gage perform acoustic music that combines traditional sounds with folk, religious, and country. Canned food donations will be accepted for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Presented with PineCone and support from the North Carolina Museum of History Associates and Williams Mullen.

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  Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

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