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Pop-up Museum at Dix Park

  • Dates: January 15, 2022 - February 27, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
  • Presenting Organization: City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum)
  • Venue: Dorothea Dix Park - Chapel Event Center
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 1030 Richardson Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Times: Tues.-Wed., 10am-2pm; Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun., noon-5pm
  • Admission: Free


Dix Park's first-ever Pop-up Museum hosts two inspiring history exhibits: Plantation to Park, presenting the layered history of Dix Hill and We Built This, a showcase of Black architects and builders in North Carolina.


We Built This: Profiles of Black Architects & Builders in North Carolina

This multi-faceted educational exhibit showcases the history and legacy of Black builders and craftspeople in North Carolina. Created by Preservation North Carolina, Dix Park is the first stop for this traveling exhibit that highlights African American's who designed and/or constructed many of North Carolina’s most treasured historic sites. Spanning more than three centuries, We Built This provides over two dozen personal profiles and historic context throughout eras of slavery and Reconstruction; founding of HBCUs and Black churches; Jim Crow and segregation; and the rise of Black civic leaders and professionals.

Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill

This interactive exhibit traces the layered history of Dix Park from its earliest time as Native American hunting grounds, to plantation, to the founding of North Carolina’s first mental health hospital, and now as a public park. Presented by City of Raleigh Museum and Dix Park Conservancy, Plantation to Park explores the legacy of the park site through the experiences of those who lived and worked on ‘Dix Hill’, encouraging us to honor it's memory and identity while shaping the future of this public space for generations to come.