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North Carolina Museum of History

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Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-807-7900
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's...
Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, 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 at 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.
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One if my favorites

This museum was one of my favorites. We made sure to see each exhibit. A must see for everyone young and old.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This museum was one of my favorites. We made sure to see each exhibit. A must see for everyone young and old.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The displays are really well done and have something for every age group. Plan on taking more than just a quick glance as there is lots of great info and engaging displays. Museum admission is FREE!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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141 reviews 141 reviews
46 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I went here as I had some free time before a rehearsal dinner. I learned that in fact "Black Beard" the famous pirate lived in North Carolina. That Pepsi-Cola was started in New Bern, NC. Its that diverse of a musuem, I wish I had more time. I hope to go back one day.

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Alamogordo, NM
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Well done exhibits about the the state and its history including some dioramas with button to amuse kids of all ages.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Perhaps the best local museum I've visited. Didn't expect much and stayed for 2.5 hours. Well worth it. Great displays. Very informative and engaging.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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121 reviews 121 reviews
52 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The NC Museum of History is a wonderful museum to visit. It is especially helpful for transplants to the state to learn about the history of the state. Admission to the museum is free and there is parking in a nearby lot and some off street parking. I am not sure of the parking cost during the week but on... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Paid $5 for the NC Film exhibit (normally $10 but today was half price for some reason) $5 was fair but I wouldn't have paid $10. The rest of the museum was free and educational. There was a NC Highway Patrol exhibit, a children's exhibit, a state history, a NC National Guard, and a gunsmith exhibit. Self guided and interesting.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a free museum downtown Raleigh. It is often crowded on the weekends. I visit it frequently in the late afternoons on weekdays. The school field trips are gone and the museum is quiet. Best time to visit! This is a great attraction to take out-of-town guests or even a quick museum for those visiting Raleigh. They also have... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We went through a very interesting exhibit on the NC film industry. I had no idea how many great movies were filmed in NC. Free parking on weekends.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a wonderful activity that is much bigger on the inside than it would appear. They have artifacts and objects dating from pre-history to modern NASCAR. It is set on several levels and to truly see it all is going to take some time. I spent 2 days, but I move fairly quickly. My favorite was the Pirates exhibits.

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