An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum fosters a passion for North Carolina history, with more than 14,000 years to learn about and explore, from the state’s earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The major exhibition The Story of North Carolina features fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, and an interactive format for all ages. Other exhibits highlight the state’s military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Monthly programs include children’s programs, craft demonstrations and family events. The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Pharaoh’s @ the Museum are open daily.With our online itinerary creator, Raleigh attractions like North Carolina Museum of History can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Admission is free, although some special exhibits require a fee. Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton Street lot. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.
To book group tours (10 people or more), call 919-807-7950 or toll-free 866-724-8687. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, www.ncculture.com.
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This museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian and it shows! It does a great job of telling the story of North Carolina residents, from long before it was a colony to modern day. I’ve lived in North..... more
This museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian and it shows! It does a great job of telling the story of North Carolina residents, from long before it was a colony to modern day. I’ve lived in North..... more »
Wonderful museum that we almost passed by! So glad we spent a morning here. Learned SO much about North Carolina. Really one of the best museums we have ever visited. Easy to navigate. Very...
Wonderful museum that we almost passed by! So glad we spent a morning here. Learned SO much about North Carolina. Really one of the best museums we have ever visited. Easy to navigate. Very... more »
It is a very well maintained museum. The staff were very friendly, had a great time seeing all the exhibits from olden times maintained in the best way possible. And it's open to the public for free, but you can do your part by offering small donations. My favorites were a couple of exhibits with houses and rooms which were about 150 years old and also a few exhibits where they recreated models of scenes from the past, the one I have in my pics. This is a good place to learn and feel the history of North Carolina. Overall, time well spent at the museum.
For anyone that loves history as much as I do, you will definitely enjoy your time at Raleigh History Museum. It is free and not too hard to find parking close to the museum (especially on weekends when you don’t have to pay to park). The staff are friendly and willing to help with any questions. Even on a Saturday it was not too crowded, and walking through the history of North Carolina was so fun. It is a clean and educational place for both children and adults. There were so many exhibits to see and so much stuff to read that you can spend as much or as little time as you want here.
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