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North Carolina Museum of History

Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-807-7900
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Ranked #5 of 57 Attractions in Raleigh
Type: History Museums, 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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Attraction details
Type: History Museums, 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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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Having recently visited the South Carolina State Museum, this one was somewhat of a let-down. It is, however, free, except for the "Starring North Carolina" exhibit, which is rather good in and of itself. There is a large section devoted to sports in the state, especially golf, college football and car racing. The best part of the free exhibits is... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The museum may seem small at first, but the exhibits all take some time if you read and take part. No fee for admission, but some of the exhibits require a ticket purchase. However, it was just a few and those exhibits could easily be skipped in order to keep it a free visit. The exhibits were very interesting and... More 

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

Thank you for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Please come back again! More 

Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This "museum" had close to no artifacts whatsoever and seemed far more interested in sports memorabilia than history i.e. the NASCAR vehicles at the front of the building. Wasted space and entire exhibits consisting of only photographs. Tremendous waste.

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

We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to the museum. While the museum does feature a photography exhibit on historic Stagville as well as the Sports Hall of Fame we also have an entire 20,000 square foot gallery on the first floor devoted to the history of NC that consists primarily of artifacts. We... More 

Knightdale, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is great for adults. Kids seems to get bored and a lot of the exhibits are over their head. You have to read a lot and they lose interest quickly. It is what it is - and the exhibits are worth it!

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

Thank you for your review and I hope you enjoyed your visit to the museum. We have an exhibit devoted solely to kids--the "Tar Heel Junior Historian History in Every Direction" exhibit on the 3rd floor. Did you get a chance to visit that? More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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170 reviews 170 reviews
44 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Visited here for first time recently. No admission, but they do have a recommended donation of $5. That's a bargain. Quite a bit to see. More than you can do in an hour or two. I plan to come back and spend a little more time. Well worth a stop in downtown Raleigh.

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

Thanks for your review and your visit! We hope you will come back and visit us again! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

As an educator I went to this museum because I love to learn however I was taken aback by the display of an actual KKK mask. Though I understand the value to portraying history accurately I feel offended that the museum did not consider the potential for the mask to be seen as offensive to some . I was however... More 

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

We are so sorry to hear that you found the display of the KKK mask offensive. A great deal of thought and discussion was put into the decision to display the mask. It is an unfortunate page in North Carolina's history but one that needs to be acknowledged. We hope that the mask will prompt discussion and reflection upon the... More 

Nebraska
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The museum covered early history of the state, it's involvement in wars, and even had an area devoted to sports. It had opportunities for learning more in the theater, but I did not take advantage of it. The gift shop had a better variety of items than I had seen in other museums.

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

Thanks for your review! We try to touch on all kinds of different facets of NC history. Our Museum Shop is also awesome--great NC items! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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

Thanks for your response and review. We love our pharmacy and are so proud to have it on display. I would highly encourage you to come back and visit the first floor exhibit--it is very cool and goes through the entire history of NC with artifacts, videos, and hands-on interactives. More 

Houston, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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NCMuseumofHistory, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We hope to show that NC has a long and interesting history and it sounds like we did that! We hope you visit again! More 

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

Thank you! We are constantly changing our exhibits so make sure to come back again! More 

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