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Museum of Durham History, Durham

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Durham, North Carolina, is believed to be the site of an ancient Native American village named Adshusheer. It was the site of the largest troop surrender to end the Civil War. But the glory days of the early 20th Century, when Bull Durham was recognized worldwide and it was the home of the most successful African American Community in America, have been succeeded by a vibrant community celebrating education, medicine, and high technology.

Durham's Cultural Master Plan examined the need for a history museum and concluded "There are an array of programs in various historic sites and a number of walking tours. What is missing is a centrally located facility that can knit all these elements together into a coherent story of Durham's past and its relevance to the present."
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  • One of the few FREE places to visit in Durham. They did a nice job of capturing the history of Durham and it takes less than an hour to see. Some of it is interactive, like seeing the timeline and.....  more
    One of the few FREE places to visit in Durham. They did a nice job of capturing the history of Durham and it takes less than an hour to see. Some of it is interactive, like seeing the timeline and.....  more »
  • I happened upon the Durham History Hub one day while walking around downtown. It was a pleasant surprise, I learned so much from the displays and photos. Durham's history runs long and deep, both... 
    I happened upon the Durham History Hub one day while walking around downtown. It was a pleasant surprise, I learned so much from the displays and photos. Durham's history runs long and deep, both...  more »
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  • This was a small museum and my husband and I viewed everything in 45 minutes. The 2 gentlemen who worked there were very friendly and amazing! They were helpful to answer questions and were more than willing to provide us with additional answers about the area since we were visiting from Florida. We enjoyed the exhibitions and especially the beautiful quilt hung on the wall. We will definitely visit again when we come back to Durham.
  • For anyone who is interested in Durham, NC's history, I highly recommend visiting this quaint museum. Among my favorite exhibits was the "Faces of Durham," located outside the museum. The exhibit highlights a broad range of contributions including industry and commerce, medicine, and human relations while mapping Durham’s development from a railway stop to a booming tobacco town. Another favorite exhibit of mine was "Look Beyond the Windows." It allows for a 360° panoramic view of some of the most historic buildings in Durham, along with an explanation of each. Despite its small size, the museum was filled with quite fascinating history, and accomplished its goal: to teach people things they may have not ordinarily known. The gentleman there provided additional local history, which made the visit even more special. It made for a nice 2 hour visit as we waited for our daughter to finish work so that we could enjoy a nice family dinner on the town, which has so many fabulous cuisines and eateries you will find it difficult to decide upon just one. :) Admission is FREE. Located at 500 W. Main Street, between Downtown Durham and Brightleaf Square. Website currently states: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Parking is ample, with parking for Disabled persons directly adjacent to the museum.

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