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

First Fridays at the Museum: Shakespeare and His First Folio!

Friday, May 6, 5–9 p.m.

Stop in for beer samples—while they last—from Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxapahaw, then join us as we celebrate the traveling exhibit First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare—its only stop in North Carolina! During your visit, stop in the Museum Shop.

Special Events:

5–6 p.m.: Hear Joseph Mills, UNC School of the Arts, read from his recently published collection, Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Inspired by Shakespeare’s stage directions, the poems are witty, comical, and thought-provoking. Mills will also share some backstory on the Bard’s most famous stage directions and sign books.

6:30 p.m.: In a short talk, Making the Cut: What the First Folio Leaves Out—and In, Shakespeare and English Renaissance literature expert Mary Floyd-Wilson, College of Arts and Sciences, UNC–Chapel Hill, will talk about the contents of this first collection of the Bard’s works.

Presented in conjunction with the Museum of History Associates and the Raleigh area chapter of the English-Speaking Union of the United States.

7 p.m.: Exhibit opens! Honor the Bard by being one of the first to see this original copy of his collected works—before the exhibit officially opens tomorrow.

Check our social media outlets 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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