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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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9:00 am - 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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Family day out

Love taking the kids there whenever we have the time. We enjoy all the exhibits. Staff is friendly and the place is clean. When we have out of town guest we bring them to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Love taking the kids there whenever we have the time. We enjoy all the exhibits. Staff is friendly and the place is clean. When we have out of town guest we bring them to the museum and everyone enjoys the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Such a nice museum.. So much history and the exhibits were so nice. My favorite exhibit was the Movie exhibit. You get to see costumes and props from different movie and TV shows!! Worth the money !!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Amazing museum to learn about our planet. The depiction is chronologically done with wonderful illustration. The showcasing is awesome. A great learning for all ages.

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Statesville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I took my 12 year old son to visit the museum for the first time and we really enjoyed it. The ladies at the front desk were very nice and informative. The main floor exhibit of North Carollina history was really well done with several interactive pieces. The third floor exhibit of Call to Arms was very informative with weapons... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

That's right.....it's free. Maybe free museums is an east coast thing but I am amazed. This museum has a lot do very cool stuff. Very heavy on the world war 2 curation but has a great section on the civil and revolutionary war. There is a lot of war stuff in general here, more then anything else. But my wife... More 

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Clayton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Learn about NC history and its place for the past 400 years.. Being a natice NC'er, I've learned much about my home state!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

So well done and way bigger than it looks. Wife and I ce here ready to be bored. Instead one of the best museum experiences I've had in a while. Very modern and well laid out.

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Lincolnton, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

It had some interesting displays and great information. Unfortunately, we got there about 30 minutes before closing and didn't get to see much. We walked quickly through a lot. It seemed to have a good many little interactive items spread about that might interest kids. I know several of them entertained us (all adults), especially the one where you can... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We enjoyed a couple of hours here finding the history of NC to be of great interest. It also has a history of NC in our various wars and the NC Sports Hall of Fame. We loved the photos of old and abandoned houses and other buildings from various parts of the state. There is also a special show of... More 

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Massapequa, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a very good state history museum. It is well laid out and the special exhibit I saw on the Civil War in North Carolina was great.

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