North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh, is free to visit. It’s open every day, with the following exceptions:
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
As of September 10th, 2020, the North Carolina Museum of History has reopened.
It will be operating at 50% of capacity, but tickets are not required.
In addition, it’s set up some special hours for people who are immune-compromised, and senior citizens.
- Tuesday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: For immune-compromised and senior citizens
- Tuesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 pm.: General public
- Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.: General public
Here’s a summary of the new safety procedures:
- Limiting visitors to 250 people at a time in the museum, to allow a comfortable visit to the museum.
- Requiring cloth masks to enter the museum, as outlined in Executive Order 163.
- All exhibits will be open except the smaller Tar Heel Junior Historian Discovery Gallery.
- Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms.
- Installing protective barriers at sales counters and information desks.
- Museum Shop will be open with reduced hours and limited capacity.
- Interactive exhibit features will be paused or modified.
- A map will highlight safety measures (sanitizer stations) and paused or “no-touch” (removed or blocked) visitor experiences. A QR code will be available for a touchless experience.
History at Home
For those who need to explore from home, or who would like to supplement their visit to the Museum, there is History at Home, a collection of online resources for anyone interested in experiencing the North Carolina Museum of History digitally.
Some of History at Home:
- Digital tours of exhibits
- Videos on demand bring history to life through conversations with historians across North Carolina
- At-Home Learning Packets include background information, articles, videos, and activities which meet North Carolina Social Studies and English/Language Arts standards on topics in North Carolina history. These at-home packets are designed for individual student use at home.
- Coloring pages from artifacts from the collections
- Bits of History podcasts cover a wide range of subjects related to North Carolina’s history and culture
- A Storied Past: North Carolina’s African American History is a video series that offer you a closer view of the American story shaped in North Carolina
- Carolina Cover to Cover is a resource for students in Kindergarten through third grade
- Collections: search for the museum’s artifacts in the collections
- Blog: Discovery how drastically things have changed (or haven’t) in North Carolina, and learn about lesser-known figures and events from North Carolina
You can find all of the above on the History at Home page.
- Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas
- You Have to Start a Thing
- Toy Boom: Toys from the 1950s and 1960s
- Collecting Carolina
- Law and Justice: The Supreme Court of North Carolina, 1819-2019
- The Story of North Carolina
- 1920s Drugstore
- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
- History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery
- History of the Harvest
- David Marshall “Carbine” Williams
- Meet the Statues
The museum hosts a number of events every month. You can see the full list here. Some are free and some have a fee.
Upcoming Events in the Triangle -- both virtual and in-personCheck out our full events calendar, where you can enter any date, or look at the events for the next few days here:
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021