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North Carolina Museum of History

5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-807-7900
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Ranked #6 of 69 attractions in Raleigh
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Explore North Carolina's past and learn about its people. See exhibits highlighting the state's military history, decorative arts, sports heroes and... more » Owner description: Explore North Carolina's past and learn about its people. See exhibits highlighting the state's military history, decorative arts, sports heroes and more. Admission is free. Special programs include craft demonstrations, music concerts and family events. The Museum Shop features North Carolina crafts. Free parking is available on weekends. The museum is a part of the Office of Archives and History, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. « less
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Coral Gables, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Very nice people (attendants) all over the museum. Loved the section of the history of North Carolina, the civil war and just history overall around this area of the country . Very interesting and love the flow of the way they have set up the exhibits. The exhibit of the watergate scandal was really good. Actually amazing. Like going back... More

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

Thanks for your visit and kind review! More

Cupar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Like its neighbour across the street the North Carolina museum of history is a free and wonderful resource. It may not have the immediate wow factor of giant whale, dinosaur and sloth skeletons but it does have a great deal of fascinating information displayed in a visually attractive and stimulating way. This is not a place to come if you're... More

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

Thanks for your wonderful review! Downtown Raleigh is home to three great museums plus the state capitol and the governor's mansion--we are very lucky! As we like to say, we are the "people" museum and we are proud of the way we tell the story of North Carolina and its people. We are glad you enjoyed it! More

Ladera Ranch, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised when we happened upon the exhibit of the history of North Carolina. The curating is just beautiful and very detailed. You won't be disappointed!

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

Thanks for visiting the museum and for your review! We are very proud of our Story of NC exhibit and encourage everyone to go see it! More

Winston Salem, North Carolina
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I love history and most of our trips involve visiting historic sites,museums, and homes. Our state history museum is good, but doesn't change exhibits often enough. We visited over two years ago and made another visit in response to the claim that there was significant changes to the current exhibit which features militaria- especially as they referred to the sesquicentennial... More

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

Thanks for your visit to the museum. I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed in our Civil War and military exhibits. We have been changing the portion of our "Call to Arms" gallery over the last four years to coincide with different phases of the Civil War. We also have many Civil War artifacts and flags displayed in... More

Troon
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is an excellent museum. Not in an interactive technology way, but it is nicely set out in a chronological order. It covers early colonisers, battlefields, slavery etc. As an added bonus there is a separate exhibit on the Watergate Scandal which is really interesting. It's tucked away in the corner so easily missed. A wonderful resource and free entry.

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

Thanks for your review and five star rating! Our award winning Watergate exhibit is only open until August 10 so we encourage everyone to check it out. More

Durham, North Carolina
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334 reviews 334 reviews
199 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This museum is often changing their exhibits so we usually see something different every time we take someone there. It's a great way to learn the history of NC from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. You can also see displays of NC made products and crafts and a good NC sports hall of fame.

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

Thank you for your nice review. We are always striving to keep the museum exciting and relevant for all our repeat customers and appreciate the shout-out. Coming November 15 is a big exhibit on NC film! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We only spent a couple of hours there but were delighted with our visit. Well arranged and easy to follow the suggested tour. Would recommend a visit for adults and children.

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

Thanks for your review and visiting the museum. Glad you had a good time--come back again! More

Leeds, United Kingdom
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269 reviews 269 reviews
43 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

I was taken here by friends who live in Raleigh, while I was visiting. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours, the downstairs exhibition on the history of North Carolina is very interesting and I learnt so much about the history of the state from the 18th century until today. There is also an exhibition upstairs,... More

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

Welcome to Raleigh! I hope you had a good visit. Thanks for your kind review of the museum. We are very proud of our permanent exhibit The Story of NC which tells the history of NC. More

Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This museum is rather small and we spent most of our time seeing a special photo exhibit about slave quarters and some of the people who remember hearing stories from their parents or friends. We were there on Flag Day and participated in a very nice celebration of the anniversary. It was shown live from Washington and we all sang... More

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

Thanks for your TripAdvisor review. Currently one of our largest exhibit spaces is closed as we install our upcoming blockbuster exhibit about NC film--Starring NC! Please come back this November when we open the exhibit. More

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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7 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

For folks that want to learn more about NC's history, this is a must-see. The museum covers from pre-colonial times all the way through modern-day, but the museum puts a lot of focus on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras. For folks interested in military history, the museum has a fantastic arms exhibit. We were impressed... More

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

So glad you had a good time and found the museum thorough in its offering of historical topics. Thanks for the great review and please visit us again! More

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