Upcoming Events

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As we schedule out events on our calendar, we'll add them here. Online registration is available for most children's programs.

June

Download the June Program Calendar


Storytime in the Gallery 

Thursday, June 30, 10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week!


July

Download the July Program Calendar


First Fridays at the Museum
Friday, July 1, 5–9 p.m.
To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com.
 
Start your holiday weekend with visits to our three lobby-level exhibits—Los JetsMade Especially for You, and The Story of North Carolina—and stop in the Museum Shop. Free samples from Four Saints Brewing Company will be provided while supplies last. Check our social media outlets for updates.


Independence Day
Monday, July 4, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy some festivities downtown, then cool off with a visit to the exhibit Southern Impressions: Paintings from the James-Farmer Collection before it closes at the end of the day. 


Exhibit Closing: Southern Impressions: Paintings from the James-Farmer Collection
Monday, July 4, 5 p.m.

This exhibit explores stories of southern people, culture, and landscape through loaned paintings—from the collection of Dr. Nancy Farmer and Dr. Everette James, of Chapel Hill—and museum artifacts. 


History Corner: Happy 4th!
Wednesday, July 6, 10–11 a.m.

Ages 6–9 (with adult)

$3* per child; $1* for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7988.

How did folks observe our nation’s birthday in the past? Come see us, and you’ll know!


History Hunters: A Raleigh 4th of July
Wednesday, July 6, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Ages 10–13

$3* per child; $1* for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7988.

Fireworks. Parades. Elephants? Discover how Raleigh has celebrated July 4th over the years.


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursday, July 7

10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week! 


Bead a Dragonfly with Eric Ennis
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-noon

$15* per participant (plus state and local taxes)

Registration for this program is closed. Call 919-807-7988 to add your name to the waiting list.

Eric Ennis, High-Couture Designer and Beading Artist

Learn the basics of beading on fabric by creating a beautiful dragonfly with Raleigh designer Ennis, whose fashions have included gowns for governors’ wives, debutantes, and beauty queens. All supplies included in fee. 


Make It, Take It: Bead It
Saturday, July 9, 1–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Observe bead artist Eric Ennis as he works, then create a simple bead pin of your own. 


Exhibit Closing: North Carolina’s Favorite Son: Billy Graham and His Remarkable Journey of Faith
Sunday, July 10, 5 p.m.

Explore Billy Graham's life and a ministry that spanned several decades and included the Civil Rights movement and the Cold War through memorabilia, audio and video displays, and interactive galleries. Photo courtesy of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. 


History à la Carte: Site X—New Clues in the Search for Our Lost Colony
Wednesday, July 13, noon–1 p.m.

Bring your lunch, or RSVP here to reserve a seat in Daniels Auditorium and purchase a boxed lunch. Beverages provided. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Edward “Clay” Swindell, Archaeologist, Museum of the Albemarle

Where did Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colonists end up? Join us in Daniels Auditorium—this month only—as Swindell reveals investigations into “Site X” in Bertie County, a location where the First Colony Foundation has been researching clues that might explain one of America’s greatest mysteries. 


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursday, July 14

10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week! 


Night at the Museum Bridal Expo
Saturday, July 16, 5:30–8:30 p.m.

$5* per person; proceeds benefit the museum.

Contact Emily Thomas for information: emily@EmilyKatherineEvents.com.

Local caterers, florists, photographers, musicians, and other wedding-related vendors will set up in the museum’s main event space to introduce the creatives behind successful event businesses. Meet people, sample food, and enjoy a summer evening in downtown Raleigh! 


Time for Tots: Skiffs, Sharpies, Sailing Ships
Tuesday, July 19. 10-10:45 a.m.

Ages 3–5 (with adult)

$3 per child; $1 for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7979.
 
Learn about different kinds of boats, and make a sailing vessel for yourself.


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursday, July 21

10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week! 


All-Day Workshop: Searching for African American Ancestors
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

$25 per person; $22.50 for Associates/museum members and Friends of the Archives members

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Bill Brown, Chris Meekins, and Debbi Blake, State Archives of North Carolina

How can the State Archives help you locate African American ancestors? During this genealogy workshop, three archivists will share what research materials and methods are available. Fee includes a boxed lunch.

Presented in partnership with the State Archives of North Carolina. 


Wild Color
Saturday, July 23, 1–3 p.m.

What plant materials can be used to make colorful dyes? Take a tour and discover some dye plants in our outdoor History of the Harvest exhibit. You can also try your hand at dyeing something colorful—and see how to spin dyed wool into thread and weave thread into cloth.

Supported with funds from Syngenta.


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursdays July 28 

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week! 


Exhibit Closing: Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives 

Sunday, July 31, 5 p.m.

Before the exhibit closes, visit one more time and see North Carolina’s original copies of two amendments to the US Constitution: the 19th Amendment (1920), which granted women the right to vote, and the 26th Amendment (1971), which allowed persons 18 years of age or older to vote.


August

Download the August Program Calendar


Storytime in the Gallery

Thursdays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25

10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week! 


First Fridays at the Museum: Moonshine. NASCAR. Junior Johnson.
Friday, August 5, 5–9 p.m.

The three were inseparable after Esquire magazine published “The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!” in 1965. Meet the legendary driver, watch a documentary short (not rated; run time: 30 min.) and a feature-length film, The Last American Hero (PG-L,S; run time: 95 min.), starring Jeff Bridges—and, while supplies last, get a sample of Midnight Moon, the ’shine that’s earned Junior’s approval!  

Samples from Raleigh’s Clouds Brewing will also be available, and the Museum Shop will be open throughout the evening. Check our social media outlets for more information.


History a la Carte: Bitters and Shrubs, a History with Crude Bitters
Wednesday, August 10, noon-1 p.m.

Bring your lunch or register and purchase a boxed lunch at NCMOH-programs.com. Beverages provided. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Craig Rudewicz, Owner, Crude Bitters and Sodas

Rudewicz will trace the history of bitters from a crude medicinal origin to a critical cocktail ingredient. He will also talk about shrubs, a colonial soda made from fruit preserved in sugar and vinegar. Some samples will be on hand to sip and smell.

 


Conservation Assistance Day
Friday, August 12, 9:30 a.m,-4 p.m.

 

Appointment required. Call 919-807-7823.

Make an appointment and bring up to three objects fro assessment and advice on care from a Museum of History conservator. The museum does not provide estimates on value.


Artist at Work: Elizabeth Constant Lewis
Saturday, August 13, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

 

See Lewis demonstrate her beading skill. She was taught to bead by her grandmother, Elizabeth Otey "Lizzie" Constant, one of the sisters featured in the lobby exhibit Made Especially for You by Willie Kay.

 


Pop-Up Museum!

Saturday, August 13, 2-4 p.m. at Big Boss Brewing Company, Raleigh

All ages (with adult); IDs required.

A one-day, off-site museum! Touch reproduction objects, make crafts, and learn about North Carolina history at the Big Boss Brewery. Free guided brewery tours and samples ($1 each, limit three, cash only) will be available.


Saturdays in the Garden


Saturday, August 20, 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. Tours begin at the information desk in the lobby.

Supported with funds from Syngenta.


A Bonus Collection: More from the Otey Sisters


Monday, August 22-Monday, September 5

Come back for another visit to the exhibit Made Especially for You by Willie Kay and see this final short-term collection of bonus dresses from additional lenders.