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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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We were recently in North Carolina and took our grandchildren to the North Carolina Museum of History. What a treat! It is very well done and contains really good facts about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We were recently in North Carolina and took our grandchildren to the North Carolina Museum of History. What a treat! It is very well done and contains really good facts about NC's history which if pretty interesting! Many of the exhibits are interactive and it seemed that it was always okay for the children to touch! If you have time... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

While on a trip to see Raleigh and go to a concert there, we visited the museum and are very glad we did. We are doing a number of road trips around various parts of the country and plan to go to every state museum possible. We have found them to be fascinating. This museum does bring history alive, from... More 

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Youngstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

so much history about every facet of north carolina. very nicely displayed. very well organized rooms for different eras, wars, family life, agricultural, mining. so very much to take in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The history museum has undergone a recent update to the displays with moe interactivity. Over the weekends the museum has special programs that can be found on their web site. Parking is on the street via parking meters around the Capitol buildings so remember change.

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Garner, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Several floors of great exhibits. The museum is a great place to go to learn about the history of North Carolina. The staff is very friendly and their traveling exhibits are great. Gift shop is typical.

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Michigan
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was in tears here, due to difficult-to-face history of racism, slavery, and Civil War (and how N.C. was involved). I hope to go back alone someday, as it's hard to focus on that seriousness when your kids are running around, not really appreciating what it's all about. FREE admission (reasonably priced parking is just across the street). The Natural... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Lesser museums withhold many of the unpleasant aspects of this nation's history, but the NCMH goes out of its way to offer about as fine a balance as anyone can about the real South. That means devoting sections to honest depictions and re-creations of the more tragic aspects of Southern History, slavery, the KKK and widespread racism, and the Depression.... More 

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My teen son & I had an enjoyable afternoon here last week. Both of us are history buffs ( I have a degree in a history heavy field) & my son adores it, so we were really receptive to this interesting & well laid out museum. We knew very little about North Carolina specific history & the exhibits & artifacts... More 

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Morrisville, NC
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We love this museum. We love history and we loved learning about NC. It is very clean and we lovers the sports area. It is a great little museum and a fun afternoon.

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Royersford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Passing through Raleigh we came across this museum on Trip Advisor. We always try to visit state museums in our state capitols. This is one of the best we've seem so far. Worth a donation even though it's "free". They have a great exhibition of Civil War memorabilia. My husband enjoyed the NC Sports Hall of Fame. We also enjoyed... More 

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