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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
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

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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Free and informative

Very good free museum. Downtown and close to several other free state museums. Definitely worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very good free museum. Downtown and close to several other free state museums. Definitely worth a visit.

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Scheveningen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed my visit to this museum and will definitely go back to see the new exhibitions. Entrance to the museum is free and there are parking spaces right across the street from the museum which makes it really easy to access. There is a special area for children as well, and it is a great way to learn... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the best museums I have ever visited. On top of that, it is for free. I am a bit biased. Because I come from Europe, I found the history 'lesson' very entertaining and new. I think the exposition is very well done, flows nicely and also I would say that everything seems clean and maintained. Definitely recommended!

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is PACKED with history from the state. Laid out well - but after all - it's history - it's linear. Brought in all of the factors that make the state what it is today - Indians, Explorers, Slaves, Jim Crow laws, Carpet Baggers, etc. The good - the bad. Most of it was presented without bias. I would... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very in depth history of NC. Videos, pictures, artifacts and dioramas make it very interesting. There is walking through the museum but plenty of opportunity to sit as you watch the many videos that vary in length between 4 and 7 minutes. Great gift shop.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

recently saw both the dress exhibit, and the photographer exhibit. both were fantastic. if you're a sports fan, plan on taking some time to look around

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for a Pokemon Go event on Sunday July 17th. It was busy so parking was a little harder than it probably is usually. A free museum and free parking on the weekends,; it is hard to beat. I loved everything I saw and I only managed to see about 25% of it in the afternoon of 3 hours... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have lived in North Carolina most of my life but have never visited this museum. I learned so much about NC I didn't know. Nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Spent several hours here and only got to see a fraction of the museum. Can't wait to go back to see the rest. Gift shop is really nice too.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really wonderful place to spend a few hours and learn the history of North Carolina. The exhibits are really nicely laid out and very informative and interesting. My wife and I loved it- and it is free!

Thank Philip S
Havelock, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was very impressed with the exhibits and the amount of displays. I really enjoyed there civil war display and Indian displays

Thank Josh M

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