Welcome to the North Carolina Museum of History. 

Featured Exhibits


The Story of North Carolina

This major permanent exhibit traces life in North Carolina from the area’s first inhabitants through the 20th century.

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Shakespeare: First Folio

See the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare, which is on a national tour for the first time from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery

Learn history through fun and informative hands-on activities, along with award-winning projects by students from across North Carolina.

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Location, Hours and Admission


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

Closed New Year's Day, Easter, 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)

Plan Your Visit

Highlighted Events

Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days

Saturday, April 23–Thursday, April 28

Honor the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death as we attempt an around-the-clock reading of all 38 Shakespearean plays. Through a partnership with Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre Company, theatrical groups—professional and amateur—and celebrities will perform stage readings of the Bard’s plays, from his first to his last, with minimal costumes and props. Drop in at noon on Saturday for the kickoff, then join us during the marathon—we’ll be here for most of five days! 

Head to our First Folio! page for more information.

Longleaf Film Festival

May 13-14, 2016

Join us at the museum for the second annual FREE to attend Longleaf Film Festival featuring narrative and documentary shorts and features from around the world and our own backyard. 

See LongleafFilmFestival.com for details.

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