Military History from Murphy to Manteo

North Carolina has rich military history that stretches back before statehood. From the site of a fort recalling the French and Indian War to a park used by U.S. Army Signal Corps for training during World War II, several state historic sites and parks have strong connections to the conflicts that have played a large role in shaping our nation's history and tell these stories to visitors today.

Scroll down to begin exploring the Old North State's military heritage by era or location.

Military Discounts Throughout the Year

Though admission to most of our state's cultural and natural attractions is free, the following venues that charge offer daily discounts for military personnel:

  • Battleship North Carolina
  • CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center
  • North Carolina Aquariums
  • North Carolina Transportation Museum
  • North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) all offer military discounts to ticketed exhibits.

Walk Through Tar Heel Military History

Since it's founding the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh has had a strong collection of artifacts related to military history.

Plan Your Visit to the N.C. Museum of History

An exhibit produced by staff members of the North Carolina Museum of History, will lead visitors on a voyage of discovery related to the military experiences of those North Carolinians. Moving through time, visitors will learn about the lives of soldiers during each conflict—from the Spanish-American War (1898) through World War II (1941–1945)—using a series of artifacts, vignettes, graphics, video clips, and oral histories.

Explore Answering the Call: Experiences of North Carolina's Military Veterans, 1898–1945

A military banner in military history exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History

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