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North Carolina Museum of History

5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919-807-7900
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Ranked #5 of 55 Attractions in Raleigh
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's earliest inhabitants...
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Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There is a replica of an old pharmacy upstairs that was cool. The rest was normal museum. we actually skipped the exhibit on the first floor. However the free entry was very nice and a great feature of many Raleigh museums.

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Museum was very nice and exhibits were interesting. North Carolina has more history than I realized... Would definitely recommend..

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It has been a while since I had been here but the renovations that have been done is outstanding. Enjoyed the flow and the exhibits. Great Job!!!!!!

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Went to this museum last Saturday for American Indian celebration and I was impressed by how much vendors were there and how the days events were thoughtfully planned. I learned so much about North Carolina 8 tribes. Will come again for the African American celebration in January!

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North Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a great lesson for kids. They make it fun with videos and artifacts. This is also a free museum!

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Charlotte
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Anyone from NC and/ or interested in history of the Old North State should come to this Museum. The exhibits are well done and covers the rich history of the state. A new exhibit of the movies in NC opening in late November promises to be a good addition.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Museum is excellent and full of facts and displays. I was only there for a little over an hour due to time constraints, but need to go back for the other 75 %. I like to read all the stories, so I like history places.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

If you want to know how North Carolinian's lived, worked and played in generations past, then you need to visit this museum. IT'S FREE! Start off with a warm welcome from the front desk. Staff there will provide you with a map of the exhibits and a general outline of what to see on each floor. There are backpacks to... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Museum is overall excellent for many of its offerings but the opening in November of the History of North Carolina is a special offering for the family that will be well worth your time. Also enjoy the old soda type restaurant in the facility that serves excellent food and sandwich in a casual setting.

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Lexington, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Close to hotel downtown. Walking distance from Holiday Inn. Very nice museum. Take your time going through there is a lot to see and learn.

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

Thanks for your positive review! We are right in the heart of downtown near hotels, restaurants, and other museums and we love it when our visitors can take advantage of all of the great amenities downtown has to offer! More 

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