The North Carolina Museum of History, located in downtown Raleigh, showcases more than 14,000 years and 150,000 artifacts of N.C. history, from native inhabitants to the 20th century. Dozens of exhibits are on display focusing on a variety of eras in state history, and there are always new exhibits to come and visit.
The museum’s permanent exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, holds amazing artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas and interactive features, along with two, full-size historic houses and many recreated environments. Notable artifacts include recovered items from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Civil War flags and weapons, a replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer and a lunch counter from a 1960 Salisbury, N.C., sit-in during the American civil rights movement.
In addition to the exhibits, events and programs occur throughout the year, and upcoming happenings are available on the museum’s website. Summer camps, internships, lectures and much more are provided for extended learning opportunities. For kids, the museum offers several activities including a History Corner, a kids’ page and gallery-themed backpacks. Tours of the museum are also given for school groups and educators with varying prices.
Hungry? Stop in the Pharoah’s restaurant inside the museum, serving up a variety of items--the chicken sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs always hit the spot. And don’t leave without a souvenir or gifts for your family and friends! Visit the Museum Shop, with N.C.-themed items and a selection related to current traveling and featured exhibits.
(Looking for a space for your own next event? The museum is available to be rented out, with a lobby that can hold up to 300 guests, a Demonstration Gallery for small meetings and lunches and an auditorium for performances or presentations.)
Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton St. lot. To schedule group reservations (10 people or more), go to nccapvisit.org.
The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, ncdcr.gov.