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North Carolina Museum of History

  • 5 E. Edenton St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601

Explore more than 14,000 years of N.C. history, from the state’s earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The award-winning 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. Programs include family events, music performances and craft demonstrations. The Museum Shop and the restaurant, Pharaoh's at the Museum, are open daily.

Admission is free, although some special exhibits require a fee. Museum hours are Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton St. lot. To schedule group reservations (10 people or more), go to The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources,


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  • Monday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Thursday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Friday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Hours: noon-5pm


  • Serves Lunch:
  • Dinner Price for Two: $ Under $20
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North Carolina Museum of History Meeting Facility
  • Theatre Capacity: 307
  • Banquet Capacity: 340
  • Classroom Capacity: 75
  • Reception Capacity: 760
  • Space Notes: Contact Cheri Williams at 919-807-7875 for more information or see
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Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception Media
Daniels Auditorium X           307                 No  
Demonstration Gallery X           40     36     40     60     No  
Lobby X                   200     500     No  
Third Floor Balcony X                   100     200     No  

Exhibit Closing: N.C. State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice

  • August 02, 2015
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

The artifacts—including uniforms, weapons, motorcycles, and a car—and images in this lobby exhibit trace more than eight decades of highwa... View Details

Bridal Open House

  • August 06, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Looking for a unique wedding reception venue? The Museum of History can provide that for your special event! Come, and let our staff show you what mak... View Details

Earl Owensby: Tar Heel Film Legend

  • August 07, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Earl Owensby, Film Producer, and Noel T. Manning, Professor, Gardner-Webb University; Radio Host; Filmmaker, Earl Owensby, the Man... the Myth Owensb... View Details

First Fridays at the Museum

  • August 07, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Visit The Story of North Carolina chronological history exhibition on the lobby level and the Starring North Carolina! film exhibit (last tickets sold... View Details

2nd Saturdays: Dirty History

  • August 08, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

N.C. has dirt in its past. Find out about and play in the amazing variety of soils in the state, and learn about the father of soil conservation, Hugh... View Details

History à la Carte: Through War, Peace and William Peace: Archaeological Investigations of Fort Cas

  • August 12, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Thomas Beaman Jr., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wake Technical Community College. Fort Caswell is a haunting reminder of the strategic importa... View Details

Starring North Carolina! Film Series: The Last of the Mohicans

  • August 14, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

This 1992 blockbuster was shot alongside Lake James near the Pisgah National Forest; in parts of DuPont State Recreational Forest; and around Hickory ... View Details

Tyrone Jefferson and A Sign of the Times

  • August 15, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Saturday, August 15 Master class, 4:30-5:30pm. Public performance, 6-7:30pm. Register for the master class by e-mail to or by ... View Details

Saturdays in the Garden

  • August 29, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Join the museum's garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza. Tours begin at the information des... View Details

Film Screening: The Last Barn Dance

  • August 30, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Randy Lewis, Alamance County Dairy Farmer; Ted Richardson and Jason Arthurs, Filmmakers. Filmed over the course of three years, this 2014 documentary ... View Details

20th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

  • November 21, 2015
  • Address: 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Experience this exciting festival, named a "Top 20 Event" in 2014 by the Southeast Tourism Society. Musicians, dancers, artists, storyteller... View Details

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Raleigh, NC 27601   1.800.849.8499

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