Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Donor Testimony

Why I support the North Carolina Museum of History...

Mr. Robert C. Doherty
Board Member
North Carolina Museum of History Foundation

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Monday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.


5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
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Free (charge for some special exhibits)

Featured Exhibits


Stagville: Black & White

March 1, 2014-January 25, 2015

Photographer Brenda Scott showcases the natural beauty of Historic Stagville while capturing the spirit of those who once lived there and connecting the past and the present in this exhibit of her work. Learn more >

North Carolina and the Civil War: The Bitter End, 1864–1865

The third and final exhibit in the Civil War sesquicentennial series begins in the spring of 1864, when heavy fighting in Virginia was thinning the ranks of Tar Heel troops, and closes with the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah in Liverpool, England on November 6, 1865. Learn more>

Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency
May 17, 2013–August 10, 2014

This national political scandal engrossed Americans in the early 1970s as a Congressional Committee, led by North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin, investigated the Nixon White House. Findings ultimately led to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974. Learn more

The Story of North Carolina

Permanent exhibit using artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, interactives, and other components to chronicle life in North Carolina from the earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. Learn more

basketball  North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
Audio, video, and interactive biographies, plus Richard Petty's stock car, Meadowlark Lemon's uniform, and other sports artifacts.

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Highlighted Events

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Reader’s Theater: Camp Followers

Friday, May 2, 7–9 p.m.
$5 per person, ages 13 and up; free, children 12 and under with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
Performance by Voices in Concert

Set in 1864 and based on actual events, this new drama by local playwright Rudy Wallace follows the trials of a group of newly liberated slaves who have been abandoned in Georgia during General Sherman’s historic March to the Sea. To purchase tickets click here.

Celebrate Preservation

Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, noon–4 p.m.

Talk with representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, Preservation North Carolina, the museum, and other groups and professionals from across the state and discover how they work to save North Carolina’s treasures.

Celebration Preservation: Moving Midway  

Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m.
Godfrey Cheshire, Film Critic and Filmmaker

To escape urban sprawl, Midway Plantation, outside of Raleigh, was moved several miles to a safer location. Cheshire’s film follows this move and his cousin Charlie Hinton and family as they meet the other heirs of Midway’s past—descendants of former slaves.

Time for Tots: Start Your Engines

Tuesdays, May 6 and 13, 10–10:45 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Rev up your engines for NASCAR. Try on some real racing equipment, learn about drivers, and make a racing flag to take home.

History Corner: A Is for . . . Architecture!

Wednesday, May 7, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Architects know the difference between a column and a cornice. You will, too, after attending this program!

History Hunters: The Perfect City

Wednesday, May 7, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 10–13
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

What makes a good city? How do leaders decide what people need where? Let’s talk about Raleigh and come up with our own ideal city.

History Speaks

Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 12 and up
Howard Craft, Playwright, Poet, and Author

Come and enjoy a unique look at The Story of North Carolina. Craft will choose an exhibit object that “speaks” to him, inspiring him to write a verse. After hearing his work, you may write about an object that inspires you. Selected works will appear on the museum’s Facebook page in time for Mother’s Day.

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