Wednesday, April 01, 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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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

An Evening with David McCullough

Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Call 919-807-7873 for more information.

Author David McCullough is widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history” and has received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award (two times each), as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Join us in welcoming this distinguished writer for an evening of insights on the lessons of leadership he learned while writing his latest release: a biography of the Wright brothers.

Presented with support from the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, the News & Observer, First Tennessee Bank, Goodnight Educational Foundation, The Sherrill Fund, Smith Family Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Hoch, Jr., and Northwestern Mutual.

First Fridays at the Museum 
Friday, April 3, 5–9 p.m. 

Visit The Story of North Carolina chronological history exhibition on the lobby level and the Starring North Carolina! film exhibit (1/2 price admission; 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 Nickelpoint Brewing. 

History à la Carte: Rural Revival
Wednesday, April 8, noon–1 p.m. 
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Scott Garlock, Photographer 

Garlock shares his passion for North Carolina’s old, abandoned structures—the root of the museum’s current preservation exhibit Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place
Museum of History Foundation Awards Program
Thursday, April 9, 5:30–9 p.m.
$125 per person, includes dinner (plus state and local taxes)
To register, call 919-807-7876.

James Madison composed the first drafts of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights before serving two terms in the White House with his First Lady, Dolley, who was born in Guilford County. As part of this year’s awards program, first-person interpreter John Douglas Hall will take us back in time and bring one of the nation’s founding statesmen to life. The 2015 Philanthropy Award recipients are Senator and Mrs. James T. Broyhill and Mr. and Mrs. W. Trent Ragland Jr.

Sponsored by First Citizens Wealth Management.


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