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North Carolina Museum of History

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Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
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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Excellent Exhibits of North Carolina History

North Carolina history presented in a most interesting way including a special exhibit of a 1920's era drugstore. I went back a second time because there was so much to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

North Carolina history presented in a most interesting way including a special exhibit of a 1920's era drugstore. I went back a second time because there was so much to see.

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East Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great museum. Really nice for all ages. The presentations are extremely thorough and well done. Nice place to spend an afternoon.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife made me go in...and I was amazed. NC does everything right, and this museum is beautiful. Surprises and great discoveries everywhere you look. The kids will love it and there is a kids museum right next door when you finish here. So much to see and do I suggest an overnight stay. Also, there are numerous Micro Breweries... More 

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

I have known Elizabeth Lewis for years and she has always impressed me as a genius with a sewing machine. This exhibit of her Grandmother and Aunt's deb and wedding dresses is terrific. I love the historical bases for the story, the videos by family members, and the dresses themselves. It is well organized, thoughtful and represents a time in... More 

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Thank Judith K
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and our adult daughter visit at least once a year. We always enjoy the museum and its special exhibits.

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Chapel Hill, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the afternoon at the museum. Exhibits well organized and identified. Parking reasonably convenient. If you are NC native, you will find it interesting.

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love a good museum and this was a really good one. A Lot of people seem to think you need to go to the big cities to go to a good museum , well let me tell you that is not true. Every museum big or small is a good museum and if you like history and are in... More 

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

The NC Museum of History is in downtown Raleigh. Metered side street parking and parking lots are within walking distance. The museum provides free educational fun for all ages ; Included are artifacts, exhibits that come and go, events throughout the year, gift shop, restaurant and also,online access. Also you can walk to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in as we were trying some of the local breweries. The museum does a great job with their timeline of NC history. They start with the Indigenous people (more commonly known as Native Americans) and take you through the Carolinians involved in the wars. Great display of artifacts from the different time periods. Free to... More 

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Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent almost 4 hours here learning about the history of North Carolina and her people's role in American history. A great blend of hands-on pieces, video presentations and artefacts. We also spoke with two of the volunteers who were working in the museum, both of whom were very friendly and engaging. I can't believe that this is free -... More 

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