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North Carolina Museum of History

5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
+1 919-807-7900
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Lots to see and it's free!

Two floors of very well done displays. An impressive number of artifacts with good descriptions... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Claude Y
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lots of NC History in One Place!!!

There was so much history details in each exhibit. I loved the special effects, video clips... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Greenville, North Carolina
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Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The major 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. Monthly programs include children's programs, craft demonstrations and family events. The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Pharaoh's at the Museum are open daily. Admission is free, although some special exhibits require a fee. Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton Street lot. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
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5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
+1 919-807-7900
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Two floors of very well done displays. An impressive number of artifacts with good descriptions. Hands-on exhibits for the kids and videos to watch.

Thank Claude Y
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There was so much history details in each exhibit. I loved the special effects, video clips, pictures, walk in displays, replicas, and posts that allowed the kids to get a real idea of what happened throughout NC history. A great field trip!!

Thank zetaspeechlady
Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting Raleigh Thanksgiving weekend we decided to go to the museum. There is a lot of NC history there. Some of the current exhibits include the shape of fashion from the 1800s Wright flyer, NC Sports Hall of fame, WW 1. A lot to...More

Thank Charmain D
Reviewed 1 week ago

North Carolina has a full and complicated history within the USA. This museum is an excellent way to learn the unbiased version of that history. North Carolina has had difficult moments just as most of the original 13 colonies, however it's always interesting to learn...More

Thank TravelingTarheel24
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss it if you have the opportunity. It's a great exhibit and it highlights North Carolina men and women who served during WWI. Lots of artifacts and information. It's pretty sad what happened during this "war to end all war." If only.

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was impressed to see the history of one of the original colonies. A member of the first United States. As a Canadian I was very interested about NC’s history

Thank markus1972
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are vacationing or just looking for a day adventure this is a top attraction. Enough variety for everyone and each exhibit is first class. The WWI exhibit is just awesome because of the amount of detail and breadth of coverage. The small scale...More

Thank TangoLee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a gem, literally. History galore with things for people of all ages to enjoy and be inspired by. Particularly, the current WWI exhibit is entrenching and enthralling, with plenty of interactive exhibits to boot. The sports exhibit outlines and showcases the many...More

Thank Maseprops
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun visit on a beautiful day. Very welcoming. Interesting displays. Great to go there on the weekend for the free parking.

Thank alani312016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Full of interactive exhibits, presentation of NC history from the original Indian population, early European settlement, civil war, reconstruction and Jim Crow, and economic/agricultural background. A real learning experience without the work!

Thank Roland K
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Randy G
2 May 2017|
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Response from Two Guys a | Reviewed this property |
It can be done in 3 - 4 depending on your level of interest.
Rick F
12 March 2017|
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Response from eliza20152015 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. I took a taxi because it was more comfortable. I left my car at the hotel parking. It was cheaper.
8 November 2015|
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Response from MCKILLIS | Reviewed this property |
Admission ifs free. There may be a special program or exhibit that may have a fee, but the museum itself is always free. Enjoy!