North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh

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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.

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

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,
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  • So glad we tried this museum. Laid out beautifully so easy to navigate. Also had exhibits on beach music and Carbine Williams, gun inventor. At time of visit, there was a special exhibit of the gowns....  more »
  • Wonderful museum on the history of NC. We only had an hour and did not get to see everything. Lots of short movie clips through out the exhibits. Definitely need to go back and spend more time.  more »
  • It houses a variety of interesting and informative exhibits and video presentations. Very inventive displays and fun facts about the history of our state. Good videos, a little cheesy. FREE! It's interactive, visually interesting, and really informative, with many cool full size 3D exhibits.
  • This is an Amazing place for a Day-cation, and school field trips. It's full of interesting facts about NC history in comparison to the rest of the country. Located in Downtown Raleigh, there is convenient parking just 2-blocks away. The museum is adjacent to the NC Museum of Science and Nature, plus across the street from the Old State Capital building. A must see for anyone living and visting the Old North State. 😁

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