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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Visited with my son and his girlfriend. We spent an hour and managed to see only part of the first floor. Will go back, as there's so much to learn about North Carolina's history. (I am a...
Visited with my son and his girlfriend. We spent an hour and managed to see only part of the first floor. Will go back, as there's so much to learn about North Carolina's history. (I am a... more »
Both the history museum and the adjacent science museum are free. The history museum is a small to moderate size (definitely much smaller than the science one), and contains a decent amount of info..... more
Both the history museum and the adjacent science museum are free. The history museum is a small to moderate size (definitely much smaller than the science one), and contains a decent amount of info..... more »
It's great place to visit with kids and family and learn great historical things about state you're visiting. I like the part where you can play the small video clips and visually gain the knowledge about the historical events that occurred in the North Carolina State. Here you'll also learn about how women played their important role in state's economy as well as in overall nations economy. I deducted the one star because not all video screens were working and kids and many adults often enjoy learning through visuals and audio. The Technical team at the museum should troubleshoot the issues with the TV screens for the visitors convenience.
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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