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.
It’s open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
It recently celebrated its 5th birthday.
Opening Reception for Nuevo Espíritu de Durham: New Spirit of Durham
Friday, September 13th, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This exhibit examines Durham’s rapidly growing Latino population, its diversity, challenges and triumphs, and its future as a well-established part of the Durham community.
Key topics to be explored will be immigration, building a community support system, developing resources, and activism which will be depicted primarily through the personal perspectives of individual community members. This exhibit will be presented in both English and Spanish.
The Museum has partnered with award-winning filmmaker, Rodrigo Dorfman to connect with Durham’s Latino community to archive their stories. A companion blog is now live and will be updated with sneak peek content in the lead-up to the exhibit opening.
Exhibits of Museum of Durham History
150 Faces of Durham
Through September 3rd, 2019
Showcases 150 photographs of diverse groups of individuals who helped create Durham’s heritage from 1869 to the present.
Our Bull City: Exhibits from the Community
Through September 3rd, 2019
Community curators will mount a series of three- to six-week-long pop-up exhibits, starting with “Made in Durham”, a look at the family-owned Durham Brazing and Welding, whose work is still found throughout the Triangle in artifacts such as the Victory Bell for Duke Football vs. North Carolina Tar Heels.
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.