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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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15th NC African American Festival

This great festival was here in January. It was so much fun. Lots of History, Entertainment, Music and good food. Highly enjoy it every year.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Hildreth J
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This great festival was here in January. It was so much fun. Lots of History, Entertainment, Music and good food. Highly enjoy it every year.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When we first moved to Raleigh we did the obligatory visit to the museum. It was a bit dry and dusty. So much more is happening there now. Civil Rights exhibits are there as well as more about the history of agriculture in this diverse state. I enjoyed learning with my two grandchildren, 6yr and 9yrs. There was more than... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My 11 year old son had gone on a fourth grade trip. I guess they herded them through because he want to go back for this years birthday. This was the focus of the trip, Natural Science center for Astronomy Days event next door on Saturday and back for the North Carolina exhibit on Sunday. He just couldn't get enough!

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Wilson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the opportunity to visit during the time of the Billy Graham exhibit. The museum has a professional staff, clean facilities, and it is very engaging!

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Oxford, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my parents to the N.C. Museum of History in honor of their birthdays. My mother turned 78 on Friday and my father turned 80 the next day, which was the same Saturday I took them to the museum. I wanted to something a little extra in honor of my father's milestone birthday. When I was 10 years old,... More 

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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit today and am planning to come back tomorrow to see the dress exhibit and upstairs. Really neat FREE museum. There was a guy who was wearing a real WWI sailor uniform and he knew so much about WWI and II. He had a table with all kinds of stuff a sailor would carry. Really enjoyed talking... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have had the opportunity to visit many state museums of history and the NC Museum of History is the best. This is due to the layout and design of the entire building from the well-lit and open entrance to the engaging and involving displays that catch the attention of the visitor. Too many state museums are dry and cold and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The NC Museum of History has so much to offer people of all ages. I'm impressed by the number of special exhibits that promote North Carolinians, currently there is a Billy Graham exhibit. The Sports Hall of Fame exhibit with famous NC athletes is one of several permanent exhibits and worth repeat visits.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the whole the museum comes off a dry, but most people will find something they enjoy. Their special exhibits are often interesting and there is the Sports Hall of Fame for sports fans.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ground floor history of North Carolina is a well laid out and revealing historical display. Laid out in a simple but informative way. Upstairs I thought not so interesting.

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