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North Carolina Museum of History

5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
+1 919-807-7900
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Typically good

I think I've been to too many big city history museums. This museum was just fine, with its... read more

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Juan L
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Simpsonville, United States
WOW! Worth a full day!

The museum was fascinating, and much more extensive than we had imagined from the outside. With... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kittenstylekungfu
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Bristol, Tennessee
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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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5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
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Reviewed yesterday

I think I've been to too many big city history museums. This museum was just fine, with its entertaining and informative displays. But it looks like every other history museum. Go to any other big city history museum and you'll find the same style of...More

Thank Juan L
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum was fascinating, and much more extensive than we had imagined from the outside. With wings geared toward children or adults, they covered many important episodes in North Carolina ( and American!) history in some detail. The WW1 exhibit was particularly interesting to me,...More

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the kind words, kittenstylekungfu! (Also, just a terrific username. Well done.) We hope to see you again very soon! Have an excellent day.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The sheer breadth of the displays is awe inspiring. If you are trying to soak in all the information that are on display - I believe one day is not enough. But a quick tour is also possible to move in a out of the...More

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the wonderful review, durgasankar! We're so glad to know you got SO much out of your visit to the museum. We would love to have you visit us again very soon, as we will be opening new exhibits this summer! Have a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum covers several topics of the history of NC. Also, we enjoyed a special exhibition of WWI. Entrance is free.

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review, NemoTraveler! We're so happy to hear you had an excellent experience and hope to see you back again soon!

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were recently in Raleigh for the first time and wanted to explore downtown. We found the museum and enjoyed its many exhibits particularly the WW1 experience and the story of North Carolina. Well worth the visitMore

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We love hearing that you and your husband enjoyed Raleigh and the Museum for the first time, Sharkey711! Our Story of North Carolina exhibit is fortunately permanent and our World War I exhibit will be open through January 6, 2019, so we'd love to have...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Another free museum but this one is huge! There is enough content to keep you busy for several hours and there are very detailed in the exhibits they show! Well worth bringing the kids!

Thank Joshua D
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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey Joshua D, thank you for the awesome review! We're thrilled that you had made a day-long adventure out of your visit with us! We hope to see you all again very soon!

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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We loved this museum ....the WW1 section is very well done. I also liked shape of fashion and the photography display. Definitely will be back. Somehow we missed the drug store.More

Thank Yorkdog
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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey Yorkdog, we love hearing that you will be visiting again soon! Fortunately, our 1920s Drugstore will re-open on June 16, so it sounds like a summer visit has to happen. :) Thank you for the wonderful review and we hope you have an excellent...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Fat antic place to take your kids , lot of education material also sports and science . Would recomand to all people speacailly parents to take there kids once .

Thank ashishaurora10
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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey ashishaurora10, thank you for the wonderful review! We're glad to know you got a great taste of all the museum has to offer and we appreciate your recommendation. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I spent 2 hours seeing the exhibit on early life in NC which was not nearly enough. Very well done and great for kids. We hope to return soon and see much more.More

Thank Barbara R
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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so happy to know you and your husband enjoyed your experience at the museum, Barbara! We have several upcoming exhibits this summer, including one on Ernie Barnes, an African American artist and former NFL player who was born and raised in Durham! We hope...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We are extremely lucky to have such great State museums in Raleigh. Not only are they free to the public, they are also first rate compared with any other State's. We went over to see the brand new WWI exhibit and found it to be...More

Thank Pat D
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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, Pat, we so appreciate this thoughtful review and your kind words. We can tell you had a wonderful experience and as a state museum, that is always our biggest goal! We truly hope to see you again this summer, as we will have a...More

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