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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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12:00 pm - 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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Lots to see

This is a must see if you have the time while in town. The thing I really liked was the movies that were filmed in and around the area. Easy walking distance from downtown hotels... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Dousman, Wisconsin
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Dousman, Wisconsin
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119 reviews 119 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must see if you have the time while in town. The thing I really liked was the movies that were filmed in and around the area. Easy walking distance from downtown hotels and right near the state Capitol bldg.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Stopped by with friends after touring the State House, (which is only a block away). Great collection of articles from North Carolina's past. Self guided touring, with many hands on stations to help a guest feel part of the attractions. I enjoyed the video telling the Native American's point of view of European colonization of the land. The downtown museum... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Conveniently located in the center of the capital city and a wonderful collection of historical artifacts.

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Austin, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Tuesday at 3pm. The rush of children were just about to leave which just left us to wonder around the museum alone. It was an amazing experience and the Lady at the desk was very knowledgeable and super friendly. This made asking any questions very easy. The price for the general admission was free. I can not... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

so much to see and do great history on all to see and learn. a big museum very high celings great attractions

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Buies Creek
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I adore this place! Any kid I have taken has enjoyed their visit. There always seem to be special stations set up with museum workers or volunteers to make the visits more interactive. I have also been several times with adult friends and no one was disappointed. There is something there to interest everyone.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Almost like a miniature Smithsonian. Our state history museum is VERY well done. The rotating exhibits are interesting and the permanent displays are refreshed. Always a delight to visit and enjoy this museum. Thought not a race fan, the NASCAR exhibit from a few years ago was well done. The country doctor exhibit is also very interesting.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I've visited this beautiful museum many times. We went today, and saw a wonderful exhibit on the history of NC that should have been in the Smithsonian. It is a small museum, but filled with wonderful things. They have excellent special exhibits throughout the year. A must see in downtown Raleigh!

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Cameron, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

this was a very good learning experience for the kids and myself being we had moved from NY....we got to learn a lot of the history of our new state!!! The museum is free, who can beat that!!! Good location, easy to find....fun trip!

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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Average museum with a few interesting exhibits, but we were expecting a little more. Good information but left with wanting a little more out of the experience.

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NCMuseumofHistory, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this review

So sorry to hear that your visit to the museum wasn't everything you hoped it would be. What could we do better to improve your experience? More 

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