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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 75 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The big attraction is the History of North Carolina. Takes a couple hours to take it all in. I learned a ton. We took our 2 "kids" - an 18-year old and 12-year old. The 18-year old took it all in. The 12-year old started to lose it a bit... We took him to the secondary section on the top... More

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Sumter, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

While looking at tripadvisor for things in do on a trip to Raleigh, I found this museum. Across the street from the Science Museum and also free entry. 2 great museums for no cost. Who could ask for anything better. My 11yo got a great personal history lesson from the Korean War Vet who had some hands on items he... More

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Atlanta,Ga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Outstanding exhibits, knowledgeable personnel, hand on exhibits, great facility AND FREE. Will definitely be back

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Redwood City, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very interesting exhibits showcasing NC history from the early native settlers up to today's modern era. Well planned exhibits with lots of interesting tidbits on the earlier founders and the different groups that settled across the state. The fact that this is a free museum is an even better bonus. Our only problem was that the air conditioning was being... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were impressed with how nice this museum was. The main level holds an exhibit on the history of North Carolina from the prehistoric period to the present. The exhibits are very interactive, so even kids won't get bored. The museum is free which is also a bonus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Flowing cultural historical river of NC History. I need to write more: gagga booohooo baba dish ramba damage ding dong.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I've never made a trip to the history museum that I did not enjoy. Festivals and other weekend functions often find side rooms full of children with make-it-and-take-it projects underway, hands-on history. One of the few museums that has a well-rounded take on the Indigenous population of North Carolina, from ancient times to modern. There is even information/displays about medicine,... More

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Elizabeth City, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We recently spent an afternoon in Raleigh, and one of our main objectives was to visit this museum, about which we had heard favorable comments. It was even better than we had heard! Not only was it very thorough, but the historical artifacts were also very artistically displayed. It was also immaculate, there were absolutely no typos (I was an... More

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

Wow! We appreciate your high praise! Our editors, curators, and front desk work hard and appreciate you taking the time to write the review. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Actually, we both really enjoyed the museum. We are from Georgia, so we learned a lot about NC history. My husband enjoyed the call to arms section and the Carbine Williams very much! I thought the soda shop recreation was really neat. A great way to spend an hour or two in Raleigh.

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

Glad you both had a good time! Thanks for your review and come on back next time you are in Raleigh! More

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This museum was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed the war history section and the section with the recreated soda pop parlor, lots of cool stuff in there from that era its pretty crazy how much stuff has changed in that short amount of time. It was pretty cool how they had NC crops growing outside of the museum... More

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

Glad you had a good time and enjoyed the garden as well as the exhibits. Please come back and visit us again! Thanks for your review. More

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