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North Carolina Museum of History

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Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
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+1 919-807-7900
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Wonderful outing

This is a nice museum with interesting special exhibits. It is easy to park nearby and it is a nice trip for young and old alike.

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Joann T
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a nice museum with interesting special exhibits. It is easy to park nearby and it is a nice trip for young and old alike.

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Portland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was amazing! The museum itself is free, but they do accept donations. We couldn't believe the detail and effort put into creating the displays for this museum. Each room was so beautifully done, and there was so much to learn! We could have spent hours in here. We only saw the downstairs exhibit which walked you through history,... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a large, very nice history museum that chronicles North Carolina's history very well. There are many interesting exhibits, including a portion of a pioneer house with furnishing, and an Indian dwelling. There are statues and settings, which give the exhibits depth and interest, several films, and a turn of the last century pharmacy and soda fountain that is... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I visited the NC Museum of History for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It was very informative and very well done. We all walked away with new information and insight about the state of North Carolina. It was so well done and so much to see that we never even made it up the... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is very good with a number of exhibits of different interest. Takes a while to walk through the museum to see everything, so be prepared to spend a few hours there. Seems well kept and front desk people were friendly.

Thank SalErgrapes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Museum on Sunday December 18 specifically to see the Bill of Rights. The copy exposed is the original North Carolina "copy" that was stolen at the end of the Civil War and returned only recently to North Carolina. It was exposed only for a few days but I wish it had been put in context with either... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This is a must-see for any history lover. The museum contains numerous exhibits on the people and cultures of North Carolina. From the Indigenous peoples to British colonialists, to Scottish and German-Moravian immigrants, to the working class peoples of the 19th and 20th century, and of course a massive display on human rights, the American Civil War, and more modern... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

This museum it has the history of who where the first population in north carolina, they take you to the past. Indians and Spain history, inside of an indian house. You can see the hall of sports from all years and martin luther king, etc.

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Benidoleig, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I have never been keen on museums, but this place is fantastic. Everything is laid out in chronological order and so easy to understand. This place makes learning fun, I feel that I gained so much in just a couple of hours. You definitely need 3 hours or more to get through the experience.

Thank Esparqui
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This was the first time attending this event and visiting the museum , and it wont be the last !. I enjoyed learning about the culture and history of our Native American brothers and sisters in North Carolina . The crafts and the exhibits very beautiful and enlightening. The drummers , singers and dancers extraordinary and moving ! Bravo to... More 

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