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North Carolina Museum of History

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Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-807-7900
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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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21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit all year long. There is always something new and different and the kids will love it and you can make it a family day. It's also really great when it's raining and you need to give the kids a outlet. I general go here several times during the year depending on what exhibits... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

North Carolina has a long and fascinating history and this museum captured it .... from early American Indians to modern day sports heros. We spent about 5 hours roaming the museum. We also enjoyed the collector's art gallery full of NC artists and the MLK photography room.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum includes permanent and special exhibits so there is always something new about NC history. But my favorite part is the great gift shop. Filled with real items, not cheap gift store stuff. Jewelry, books, toys, etc. and all with a connection to or made in NC.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cant go wrong visiting ANY museum in Raleigh. This is not your normal small town Museum, Large Updated Clean and FREE.. A great day for the Family or just a couple looking to spend a nice day. Parking is Close and Cheap and Plenty to eat right around you

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit and found it to be very interesting. It was informative without being boring. Much appreciated.

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Westchester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We are world travelers and live in NY so we know a great museum when we find one. This was a very interesting well done museum touching on all areas of NC History. It was an excellent overview and well worth the visit. And its free!! The changing exhibit was also worth a look and the museum shop is very... More 

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Lawton, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It was a very pleasant surprise. I learned a lot of history. I recommend! I could see many fantastic scenes from he past. I enjoyed the second war buildings... I took a lot of pictures and I sent to friends all over the United States and Brazil. Go! and have fun!

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this review

Thanks for spreading the word, Eliza, and we're thrilled you had a great time! Come back anytime. :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Very well presented history of North Carolina. Short video films interspersed throughout the displays. While I was there for about 2 hours, I could easily have spent the whole day looking at all exhibits more intensely. Highly recommend this museum for any with an interest in history.

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1 Thank Alice C
Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this review

Well, Alice, if you ever feel like taking a stroll into downtown on a lazy Sunday (or really any day of the week), we are always happy to have you! We're thrilled you enjoyed visiting the museum. :) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

fun and exciting history - nothing boring about this place! I was born in NC but learned a great deal - from the Lords Proprietors to NASCAR and Richard Petty -and of course Michael Jordan and Carolina!

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this review

You just listed off some of the all-time greats, Susan! We're so glad you had fun and learned even more about your home state. More 

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