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North Carolina Museum of History

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Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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+1 919-807-7900
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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We took our granddaughter out for a day at the museum. We learned a lot about NC history. I was enlighten to see that the museum still posted and displayed the truth about the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Stanley, ND
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The main gallery quite informative about NC history. We had little interest in some of the side smaller galleries, such as the sports exhibit.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Museum is nice, but they lost a lot of my respect in that they did not make all of their exhibits wheelchair accessible. I think this is an important thing to incorporate as so all may be included. An example below is of an exhibit with stairs only access. Would a ramp have been that hard to incorporate? Overall the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our granddaughter out for a day at the museum. We learned a lot about NC history. I was enlighten to see that the museum still posted and displayed the truth about the Democratic Party was the original KKK and how bad they treated blacks and anyone whom supported freeing slaves. Thank you for keeping the facts for all... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have the best museums around! There is plenty to see here and check their website in advance because they have wonderful special exhibits for a small fee. Otherwise this museum is free and just a stellar way to learn about our state. Children of all ages will enjoy it as well.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Last year i visited the Science Museum. This year I had to see the History Museum. The two are laid out and presented very differently. The History Museum is full of pictures and artifacts on display. Some with electronic narration. But history doesn't lend itself well to anything "hands on" like science does. So I recommend if you going to... More 

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NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's an average museum but they really good specialty exhibits. There's great attention to detail and accuracy.

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Thank ShamLNC
New Bern, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

NC's history isn't pretty. The museum tries very hard to balance the fine line about how much they want to divulge without making the state look bad. Treatment of Native Americans is addressed, but only briefly. Slavery is addressed, but pulls back from showing the atrocities of it. The Civil War is covered pretty heavily, but the reasons behind it... More 

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Thank Jtaveirne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely a great place to visit, explore and learn! Never got bored learning about the history of the state! Lots of information done in an interesting and entertaining way!

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Thank Alana M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to this museum many times...mostly with out of town guests but also with the family on those rainy winter Saturdays when museums are the best place to be. As a Civil War history buff, I LOVE the Civil War exhibit and I LOVE the other military exhibits as well. However, after returning to the museum a number of... More 

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To celebrate our 2nd anniversary, we drove to Raleigh to visit some museums and eat delicious food. The museum staff here are incredibly hospitable and knowledgable. The museum is quiet on Mondays, especially in February! My husband and I took our time seeing the exhibits and were able to get close to see all the details. The photography exhibit of... More 

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