North Carolina Museum of History

North Carolina Museum of History

North Carolina Museum of History
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Caribbean S
    200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can’t Believe it’s Free!
    I’m shocked that it’s free! Parking spots are right out front - free on weekends. I spent 1.5 hours covering the entire 1st floor and 3rd floor (drugstore and sports hall of fame). I had zero interest in seeing the other 3rd floor exhibits. There’s an elevator but I took the stairs. The gift shop is nice, has lots of made in NC items. I gave 4 stars because some of the exhibits weren’t well lit to see the items and read descriptions. Also, navigating the 1st floor is somewhat challenging because there’s no clear route; I had to circle back to see what I missed.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 3, 2023
  • rhundt67
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin386 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommend this FREE Opportunity
    It's FREE so why not? Is it the most spectacular history museum? Absolutely not, but it presents an awesome history, military, and more, of North Carolina. Some areas were not open, yet we still managed to spend a chunk of time here seeing everything but the children's interactive section (we were all 18 and over). Again, it's a great, FREE opportunity so go and check it out!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • NW748
    Washington427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great free museum
    Wow! You can’t beat being able to go to a museum in the heart of the city for free! We started on the top floor and thought the museum was just ok, nothing very special (sports memorabilia, small kids section, etc). But then we did the exhibits on the bottom floor and loved it. Learning about NC history was interesting and the bottom floor of the museum was very well done. We enjoyed looking at old artifacts and they even had a couple of old buildings inside (not just replicas). There is also a nice gift shop on the bottom floor. There is parking on the street or in lots nearby. A great way to spend some time in the city.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2024
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
There are pay to park garages in the area as well as metered parking (2 hour limit) Monday through Friday. Admission to the museum is free (there is a donation box). There are 2 floors of exhibits. The first floor has an excellent history of North Carolina. The third (second floor is administrative) includes a sports hall of fame and children oriented exhibits. COVID-19: The employees were masked and visitors were expected to wear masks and respect social distancing. There were several hand sanitizer stations available.
Written March 25, 2021
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Epps Adventures
Mesa, AZ151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is easily one of the best museums I have ever visited. First, a great, clean building located across from the State Capitol building. The exhibits are interactive, huge, and are expertly laid out. Tons of interesting artifacts, and a room for everyone in your party. We went during the Women's Quilting exhibit, there was a sports exhibit, a toy exhibit, and the History of North Carolina exhibit (there were more, but we were short on time). The gift shop was also wonderful. You can grab a Cheerwine, and a souvenir to represent your favorite part of the museum. I am glad this was one of two things we were able to do in Raleigh.

Our party consisted of an 82 year old, 50-60 y/o, 30 y/o, and 8-12 y/o (family group). The museum is accessible, has open seating areas, restrooms on every floor. It was free the day we visited, but I didn't check in to whether or not it was free all the time. Anyway, great for the whole fam!
Written March 11, 2020
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Denise F
Raleigh, NC177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Hadn't been there in a while, but went for an elementary school field trip and was AMAZED. This might be old news to some, but the exhibits were great and there was plenty of them. NC history walk, toys, life size malt shop, sports hall, and local youth. I didn't get to slow down and read much with 4-8 yr ago olds, but I went back another time, to revisit.... Planning on going back again. Thus was the best I have ever seen the museum, and I have lived in Raleigh over 20 years. I highly recommend.
Written February 13, 2020
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Sherpa705518
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The museum exhibits follow a time line from prehistoric to modern history. We were only able to cover half of it during our 4 hour visit. Lots of interactive opportunities, places to sit and rest and excellent exhibits.
Written February 29, 2020
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Carly M
Tampa, FL102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited here on our road trip to PA. to spend the holidays with our family. We parked in a parking lot and had to walk around the building in the cold until we found the door to enter. (we are from Fl. and mind the cold and wind) The museum was very unique and we were impressed with all that we learned about North Carolina's history.( Indians, slaves etc.....) My husband and I enjoyed looking at the old toy exhibit and finding the toys we had when we were young. The Quilt room was my favorite and the quilts on display were very impressive. It took us back in time to earlier days. I'm glad to see that the Amish and Mennonites still make handmade quilts today. Everyone was friendly.
Written January 6, 2020
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LoisNCNY
Leland, NC662 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I have always loved history. We moved to North Carolina several years ago, and I especially wanted to learn more about our new state. This museum has impressive exhibits that are top quality, interesting, and beautifully laid out. Though we had no children with us, I did notice that there were children captivated by some features there, and for sports lovers, there is a section dedicated to that as well. We got a kick out of the contents and displays of a pharmacy, which I believe is from the early 1900s, though I don’t recall the date, so I am probably off a little. The gift shop had quite a nice selection, and I found a couple things I really liked. My only wish was that it would have been helpful to have a little seating available occasionally, where space could accommodate it. As an senior with mobility issues, I was limited in how long I could stand, thus limiting my time. What we did was cover the ground floor one day, and returned the following day for the top floor. For most people, this museum can easily be covered in one visit. Parking was easier on Saturday, when street parking is free, than it was during the week.
Written July 3, 2022
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Marty M F
Santa Clarita, CA107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
Extensive displays, a great amount of North Carolina history, which is targeted for all audiences. I have a degree in history and learn so much, but I could also see how the displays were good for children and people not as familiar with history as well. You could plan to spend anywhere from one hour to four hours at this museum, depending on how in-depth you want to get. Plus, the museum gift shop is a great place to find gifts for others as well as for yourself!
Written October 2, 2021
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Jodi307
Charlotte, North Carolina549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
This museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian and it shows! It does a great job of telling the story of North Carolina residents, from long before it was a colony to modern day. I’ve lived in North Carolina for over 20 years and learned much about the history of the state I now call home. The museum is also in walking distance to several restaurants and the state capitol building. Admission is free; plan about a half day.
Written October 30, 2022
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AnnTRockHill_SC
Rock Hill, SC146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
So glad we tried this museum. Laid out beautifully so easy to navigate. Also had exhibits on beach music and Carbine Williams, gun inventor. At time of visit, there was a special exhibit of the gowns and clothing from the tv show Downton Abbey - that has a cost. But museum itself was free. Street parking was easy right outside the door, or parking deck close by. NC Capitol building right across the street. Enjoyed very much. Well done!
Written November 23, 2021
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cmbattig5
32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
I’m glad this museum was free. It was really informative and well done...:until I noticed a lot of virtue signaling added to several exhibits. They talked of how historians didn’t yell the whole story in the past. I’d have liked them to tell the whole story instead of leaving the story told as “they’ve always told it” and added in how bad it was that they didn’t tell all sides of the story/history. You could tell they just added those parts to the exhibits to cater to those demanding it be added. Wish they would have redone the exhibits to include the whole history instead of adding it on as you could tell they were covering their rear end for fear of being cancelled. Other than those parts of the museum we really liked the history projects the kids had done and on display. Very impressive.
Written March 13, 2022
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