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North Carolina Museum of History

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Address: 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
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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Wonderful Collection of North Carolina, the American South, and American History!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW 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.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 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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