City of Raleigh Museum’s mission is to “Preserve Raleigh’s Past for the Future.” It debuted its first exhibit in 1993, and operated as a nonprofit until 2012, when the City of Raleigh assumed operational control. It’s supported by the nonprofit Friends of the COR Museum.
It’s at 220 Fayetteville Street, in the 1874 Briggs Building in historic downtown Raleigh.
Admission is free, although a $5 donation is suggested and can be placed in the donation box in the gift shop.
- Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday: Closed
- First Friday of month: 6 to 9 p.m.
Learn about more free museums to visit in the Triangle (and free museum days.)
Read on to see upcoming events at City of Raleigh Museum.
Current Exhibits at City of Raleigh Museum
- Sacred Spaces, Sacred Stories: Mount Hope Cemetery
- Women of Change: The Legacy of the 19th Amendment
- R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next
- The People’s Politics: Local Democracy in Raleigh
Upcoming Exhibit: B’rukhim Haba’im: Stories of Welcome
Burning Coal Theatre presents B’rukhim Haba’im: Stories of Welcome, an exhibit of filmed autobiographical stories by 21 Jewish seniors from across the Triangle. The exhibit will run from June 28th, to August 31st, 2022:
The tales mark the culmination of a month-long storytelling workshop, a community outreach project funded by a grant from the Carolina Foundation for Jewish Seniors and private donors. “In a time when seniors might have felt more socially or geographically isolated due to the pandemic, focusing on stories of welcoming and returning seemed particularly appropriate,” says program coordinator Staci Sabarsky. “They’re sharing amazing personal stories, from welcoming love back into their life, to the welcome they received upon returning home from military service. We wanted the stories to be uplifting for the community.”
Sabarsky helped participants from across the Triangle develop their stories for a month in sessions over Zoom. The seniors were then professionally filmed in individual sessions at Burning Coal Theatre.
Their stories will be shown on 20 separate screens distributed throughout the COR Museum’s main lobby commonly called Raleigh’s Living Room on the museum’s first floor.
Upcoming events at City of Raleigh Museum
Game Night at the Museum
Friday, July 8th, 2022
5 to 11 p.m.
$5 (follow above link to purchase tickets)
The City of Raleigh Museum is opening its doors after hours and inviting guests to join a night of historically themed board and tabletop games!
Tickets are $5 dollars and will grant you access to play any games! These games will be brought in from personal collections of participants along with the generous help of local stores and clubs.
Refight battles, expand industries, establish or destroy kingdoms, and enjoy the fun atmosphere that games and museums can offer. When is the next time someone can play out history in a literal history museum? Museums, much like games, can help to bring history to life for many people!
Please bring along your own historic board games to share and play. Drinks will be served.