North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh, is free to visit. It’s open every day, with the following hours:
Monday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Closed New Year’s Day, January 2, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Some of the current exhibits:
- North Carolina and World War I (through January 6, 2019)
- Miss North Carolina (through September 4, 2017)
- American Red Cross: Healing the Warrior’s Heart Through Art (through January 7, 2018)
- The Story of North Carolina
- Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective (through September 4, 2017)
- 1920’s Drugstore
- 1903 Wright Flyer and 1911 Wright Glider
- Discover Your Governors (through August 6, 2017)
The museum hosts a number of events every month. You can see the full list here. Some are free and some have a fee. Here are some of the upcoming free events:
First Fridays at the Museum
Friday, July 7, 5–9 p.m.
Plan part of your evening around a visit to our lobby-level exhibits, a stop in the Museum Shop, patriotic-themed crafts for the kids, live music from Andrew Kasab, and free samples—while they last—of beers from Brüeprint Brewing Company in Apex for the adults! Check our website and social media outlets for more information.
First Fridays beer tastings are organized, in part, by the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.
Register at Eventbrite
History à la Carte: I SPY the American Revolution
Wednesday, July 12, noon–1 p.m.
Sandra Webbere, Manager of Visitor Engagement and Audience Analysis, NC Museum of History
James Bond could take a few pointers from America’s Patriot spies! Explore how trust, treason, mistakes, and love brought down an empire’s army and led farmers-turned-soldiers to victory in the battle for American independence!
Beverages provided. For information, call 919-807-7969.
Register at Eventbrite
History of the Harvest
Saturday, July 22, noon–4 p.m.
It’s All about Corn!
Learn about one of the most historically important crops in North Carolina—corn! Take a tour of our outdoor History of the Harvest exhibit, which traces the development of corn from heirloom plants that were important to Native communities in the state to modern drought-resistant varieties created in a North Carolina lab. Along the way, pick up recipes, watch our artists at work create beautiful dolls, and make your own cornhusk creature to take home.
Support for History of the Harvest on Bicentennial Plaza is provided by North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Inc. and Atlantic Gardening Company.
For more information, call 919-807-7979.