Museum of Durham History, at 500 W. Main Street between Downtown Durham and Brightleaf Square, is free to visit.
It’s a young and growing museum, and you’ll also find exhibits throughout the community.
Normally It’s open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., but, of course, is closed right now.
It’s got some virtual events planned, though.
Virtual Events with Museum of Durham History
Postcards From Durham Virtual Live Event
Every Tuesday from April 2nd to 16th, 2020
Preservation Durham and the Museum of Durham History have partnered to bring you a virtual event, Postcards From Durham, a storytelling presentation of vintage postcards from the personal collection of “Street Historian” John Schelp.
Join live by visiting the Museum of Durham History’s Facebook Page or Preservation Durham’s live Facebook watch party.
You may also join the free live, virtual event via Zoom.
Zoom meeting ID: 852-597-2094
Or copy and paste this link into a web browser to direct you to the meeting room: https://zoom.us/j/8525972094
Scroll down for more virtual events.
Exhibits at Museum of Durham History
Kid-focused series. Starts off with “A is for Ann Atwater” to commemorate the new film The Best of Enemies. The series will be featured in the Museum’s redesigned Kids Area. New Durham themed toys and costumes will be added as well as a green screen photo booth with historic images of Durham. Kids of all ages and the young at heart are welcome!
Durham Beginnings | 1865-1885
An exhibit featuring five dramatic but little-known personal stories evoking the spirit of Durham’s formative years. Learn the “coming to Durham” stories of Eliza Bennet Duke, Richard Fitzgerald, Abner Jordan, John Green, and Margaret Faucette.
Kids Area: Step Onto the Porch
Kids are invited to “Step Onto the Porch” and learn about people from Durham’s past. A trunk of dress-up clothes will allow them to dress like their Durham hero, a train set echoes Durham’s railroad history, and coloring sheets show people and places from Durham’s past.
Explore Durham Through Time
Visitors can use a touchscreen to explore key moments in Durham’s past. A post-it note wall allows viewers to tell us what moments from Durham’s past are most important to them. They may see their feedback incorporated later with a photo and caption.
Look Beyond the Windows
Take in the museum’s almost-360-degree view of downtown and consider the changes over time. To begin, we’ll focus on the Hill Building, Arts Council (formerly City Hall and Central High School), Liggett and Myers buildings, and NC Mutual tower.
Visitors can step into the Story Room to record a personal memory about Durham’s past. They can also explore memories others have shared or browse through old, local yearbooks. Stories recorded in the Story Room will be archived by the Durham County Library.