NC Museum of History

North Carolina Museum of History

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Did you know that Raleigh has a great museum all about North Carolina history? The NC Museum of History in downtown Raleigh is a wonderful place for you and your family to learn about the history of our state!

What can I see at the museum?

The NC Museum of History has permanent (all the time) and temporary (only for a short time) exhibits. An exhibit is a collection of things in a museum. Right now, there are 13 exhibits you can see. Some are inside, and some are outside the museum. One of the permanent exhibits is the history of North Carolina. As you walk through the exhibit, you will see 14,000 years of life in this area.

In another exhibit, you can learn about movies and TV shows that were made in NC. Did you know that The Hunger Games was filmed in the NC mountains? And the TV series, Sleepy Hollow, is filmed in Wilmington, NC!

One temporary exhibit will be ending soon. It’s all about bluegrass music. Bluegrass is a type of folk music that is popular, especially in the western part of NC. If you like music, you should see this exhibit.

Click here for more information about exhibits.

How do I get to the museum?

The NC Museum of History is located at 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. It is VERY close to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, the NC Capitol Building, and Marbles Kids Museum. If you don’t have a car, you can still get there easily because most buses pass very close to the museum. Click the map to get directions from your house.

Map to NC Museum of History

Click the map for directions – Screenshot of Google Maps

What if I can’t go to the museum?

If you want to go to the museum, but you can’t, they also have online exhibits about racial equality, health and healing, and NC in the Civil War. You can “visit” the museum without leaving your home!

Who should visit the museum?

EVERYONE! The NC Museum of History has fun learning activities and programs for adults, kids, and families! Even if you don’t participate in a special program, the museum’s exhibits have interesting things for people of all ages to see and touch.

When can I go?

The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, it is open from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. It is FREE to go into the museum, and some of the exhibits are free, but you must pay for some special exhibits.