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:
- The Shape of Fashion (through May 6, 2018)
- Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation from the Wester Collection (through March 4, 2018)
- North Carolina and World War I (through January 6, 2019)
- The Story of North Carolina
- 1920’s Drugstore
- 1903 Wright Flyer and 1911 Wright Glider
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: Book Signing with Terry Roberts
Friday, March 2
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join us for a talk and book signing with Terry Roberts, who writes about his family’s roots and the stories of people in Madison County, western North Carolina. That Bright Land, set in the summer of 1866, is the story of a former Union soldier and spy in search of a serial killer who continues to carry out his own private war in the isolated area. A Short Time to Stay Here features German POWs who were housed in the Mountain Park Hotel in Hot Springs during World War One.
View our lobby-level exhibits all evening and the Museum Shop (until 8 p.m.), then try samples from Fortnight Brewing, of Cary (while they last), and buy dinner from So Good Pupusas Salvadoran food truck outside!
North Carolina and World War I LIVE!
Tuesday, March 6
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Join historian and curator Jackson Marshall III and museum educator Sally Bloom as they explore the museum’s exhibit to commemorate the war. Like visitors, you’ll be immersed in a life-size trench environment while seeing weapons and uniforms, a re-created field hospital, a detailed diorama, battlefield relics, and heart-pounding battlefield sounds and sights.
Music of the Carolinas: Rip the Calico
Sunday, March 11
The mission of this popular, lively, colorful group is to involve new generations in learning about and participating in the rituals and cultures that make up traditional Mexican folk dance.
Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.