Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Donor Testimony

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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Monday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, 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


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>

Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency
May 17, 2013–August 10, 2014

This national political scandal engrossed Americans in the early 1970s as a Congressional Committee, led by North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin, investigated the Nixon White House. Findings ultimately led to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974. 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

basketball  North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
Audio, video, and interactive biographies, plus Richard Petty's stock car, Meadowlark Lemon's uniform, and other sports artifacts.

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Highlighted Events

Events Calendar >

Pirates, Ahoy!

Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 5–8 (with adult)
$10 per child; $8, museum members
Space is limited; to register, call 919-807-7992.

Calling all buccaneers!
Set sail for the museum to hear tales about Blackbeard and other seafarers and to make crafts. You might even challenge a real pirate to a sword fight.

Saturdays in the Garden

Saturdays, July 26 and August 16, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join the museum’s garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza and see what’s going on out there! Tours begin at the information desk in the lobby.

Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza

Saturday, August 2, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Celebrate Lebanese culture with a day of dancing and music in Daniels Auditorium and foods and crafts on Bicentennial Plaza. The festival also will feature activities for children, even a scavenger hunt, and opportunities for photos. For here for a flyer about the event.

Time for Tots: Colonial Clothing

Tuesdays, August 5 and 12, 10–10:45 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Discover how children and adults dressed in colonial times. Then decorate your own pocket to take home.

History Corner: Play Ball!

Wednesday, August 6, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

What was baseball before it was baseball? Learn about rounders, townball, and similar historic games.

History Hunters: The Boys—and Girls—of Summer

Wednesday, August 6, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 10–13
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Look back at sports history, and learn how leisure activities (and athletes) have changed over the last century.

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

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