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North Carolina Museum of History

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Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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+1 919-807-7900
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's...

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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It's an average museum but they really good specialty exhibits. There's great attention to detail and accuracy.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's an average museum but they really good specialty exhibits. There's great attention to detail and accuracy.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

NC's history isn't pretty. The museum tries very hard to balance the fine line about how much they want to divulge without making the state look bad. Treatment of Native Americans is addressed, but only briefly. Slavery is addressed, but pulls back from showing the atrocities of it. The Civil War is covered pretty heavily, but the reasons behind it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a great place to visit, explore and learn! Never got bored learning about the history of the state! Lots of information done in an interesting and entertaining way!

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Thank Alana M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to this museum many times...mostly with out of town guests but also with the family on those rainy winter Saturdays when museums are the best place to be. As a Civil War history buff, I LOVE the Civil War exhibit and I LOVE the other military exhibits as well. However, after returning to the museum a number of... More 

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To celebrate our 2nd anniversary, we drove to Raleigh to visit some museums and eat delicious food. The museum staff here are incredibly hospitable and knowledgable. The museum is quiet on Mondays, especially in February! My husband and I took our time seeing the exhibits and were able to get close to see all the details. The photography exhibit of... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I do recommend this museum for floks that want to learn NC history or explore it more deeply, either as a resident or a visitor. I happen to be a history dork, and so I love history museums. The best part of this one is that it is adjacent to the NC Museum of Natural History, one of the greatest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great educational and interesting museum. Very close to other state museums. Walking distance. Check out the aviation exhibit.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great activity for a rainy day -- especially if you have kids. The gift store is pretty neat, too, carrying local crafts.

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Southport, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a quick visit to the second floor exhibits of the museum. Exhibits were well maintained and kept up to date. Organization was temporally well done. Staff was very helpful and informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My kids had Good time... Very exciting place for young kids... I like the fact that it's indoors... Very clean environment... Could add a little more toys for recreational use.

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