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North Carolina Museum of History

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Enjoyed the short time we were here

Really enjoyed the exhibits we were able to see, especially the World War 1 exhibit. We definitely... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jessica C
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Wilmington, North Carolina
First Visit was Educational and Entertaining

We visited this museum because it was hosting an exhibit of Ernie Barnes' work to commemorate his... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sharron H
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Durham, 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...more
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Reviewed yesterday

Really enjoyed the exhibits we were able to see, especially the World War 1 exhibit. We definitely plan on visiting again when we return.

Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this museum because it was hosting an exhibit of Ernie Barnes' work to commemorate his eightieth birthday. While the beauty of his work entertained me, I also learned some interesting things about North Carolina that I did not know although I was born...More

Thank Sharron H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A very detailed collection of North Carolina’s history and it’s people. I was very impressed with the exhibit that outlined the various immigrant communities and their contributions. Museum is free to enter and very spacious.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Impressive museum to begin with, but the WWI exhibit was exceptional. Actual battlefield artifacts, and explanations of how the war started and progressed. Puts you right in the trenches with film and sound effects.

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fascinating exhibits on native Americans in NC, pirates, civil war, reconstruction, and Jim Crow era. Lots more, but the other exhibits (WW I and onward) seemed similar to (and a bit less extensive) than we’ve seen in other places. I especially appreciated that it was...More

Thank Vicki E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really interesting and with free admission too. It’s in nice location to the other museums and worth the trip.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived in NC all my life (39 years) and had never visited the museums in downtown Raleigh. It was a great reminder of things I had forgotten and a learning experience of many things I never knew. The walk through our states history is...More

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KerryB2348, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're glad you check us out and enjoyed the experience, Matthew! North Carolina truly has a fascinating history since its colonization! The World War I exhibit will be closing on January 6, 2019, so make sure to check it out at least one more time!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great small museum that you can get through in just a few hours. My favorite exhibit here is in the North Carolina Roots section. It's on Earnie Barnes and totallybeorth a special trip to Raleigh ni matter where you are in the...More

Thank SharletteWilliams
KerryB2348, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's an honor to be able to display Ernie Barnes' incredible artwork in the museum! Thank you for the kind words, Sharlette! We hope to see you here soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great myseum! Like a mini Smithsonian on Nc history! Wonderful displays and friendly staff. Nice gift shop too!

Thank Claire W
KerryB2348, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Claire! We're proud to be affiliates to the Smithsonian Institution! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Originally from D.C. and having moved south years ago, it is wonderful when you find a museum associated with the Smithsonian. The exhibits change periodically and offer a wealth of knowledge. It's extremely interactive for kids and adults of all ages. They even offer activity...More

1  Thank Beth M
KerryB2348, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love history, too! We're grateful to be Smithsonian Affiliates, and share branding with such an incredible institution. We'd love to have you come visit us again, soon, Beth! Thank you for the kind review!

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