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North Carolina Museum of History

5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
+1 919-807-7900
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Excellent exhibits

My husband and I were recently in Raleigh for the first time and wanted to explore downtown. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharkey711
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Naples, Florida
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Wonderful place to visit if in the Raleigh area!

Another free museum but this one is huge! There is enough content to keep you busy for several... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joshua D
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The major exhibition The Story of North Carolina features fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, and an interactive format for all ages. Other exhibits highlight the state's military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Monthly programs include children's programs, craft demonstrations and family events. The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Pharaoh's at the Museum are open daily. Admission is free, although some special exhibits require a fee. Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton Street lot. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
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5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were recently in Raleigh for the first time and wanted to explore downtown. We found the museum and enjoyed its many exhibits particularly the WW1 experience and the story of North Carolina. Well worth the visitMore

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We love hearing that you and your husband enjoyed Raleigh and the Museum for the first time, Sharkey711! Our Story of North Carolina exhibit is fortunately permanent and our World War I exhibit will be open through January 6, 2019, so we'd love to have...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another free museum but this one is huge! There is enough content to keep you busy for several hours and there are very detailed in the exhibits they show! Well worth bringing the kids!

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey Joshua D, thank you for the awesome review! We're thrilled that you had made a day-long adventure out of your visit with us! We hope to see you all again very soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this museum ....the WW1 section is very well done. I also liked shape of fashion and the photography display. Definitely will be back. Somehow we missed the drug store.More

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey Yorkdog, we love hearing that you will be visiting again soon! Fortunately, our 1920s Drugstore will re-open on June 16, so it sounds like a summer visit has to happen. :) Thank you for the wonderful review and we hope you have an excellent...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fat antic place to take your kids , lot of education material also sports and science . Would recomand to all people speacailly parents to take there kids once .

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey ashishaurora10, thank you for the wonderful review! We're glad to know you got a great taste of all the museum has to offer and we appreciate your recommendation. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spent 2 hours seeing the exhibit on early life in NC which was not nearly enough. Very well done and great for kids. We hope to return soon and see much more.More

Thank Barbara R
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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're so happy to know you and your husband enjoyed your experience at the museum, Barbara! We have several upcoming exhibits this summer, including one on Ernie Barnes, an African American artist and former NFL player who was born and raised in Durham! We hope...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are extremely lucky to have such great State museums in Raleigh. Not only are they free to the public, they are also first rate compared with any other State's. We went over to see the brand new WWI exhibit and found it to be...More

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wow, Pat, we so appreciate this thoughtful review and your kind words. We can tell you had a wonderful experience and as a state museum, that is always our biggest goal! We truly hope to see you again this summer, as we will have a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Free museum with a large gift shop and penny machine. Adjacent to many other museums and the Capitol Building. Parking is hard to find.

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Devon! Thank you for the wonderful review! Parking in Downtown Raleigh can definitely be tough, but here is a parking map for the next time you visit us: https://files.nc.gov/dncr-moh/VisitorParking_0.pdf We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting place to visit giving an interactive way to view the history of North Carolina. Great displays, be sure to allow enough time to see everything. The tour books do not really allow enough time to get the full experience.

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review, irishsue! (That rhymed!) We definitely encourage blocking out a larger portion of the day to really experience all of our exhibits, and are glad you were able to! We hope to see you again in the near future!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very well done museum on the history of North Carolina with short videos on different subjects. Educational and interesting facts. There is also a very nice gift shop.

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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, 2butterfly! We're so happy to hear you had a terrific experience at the museum and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum is free and the exhibits are typically very good. Go during a special event if possible. It has great information about NC. Don't compare it to the Smithsonians or you will be disappointed, but it holds it own for the city of Raleigh....More

Thank Kim R
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Kerry B, Public Relations Manager at North Carolina Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kim, we're glad to hear we hold it down! Thank you for the kind words and we hope to see you again in the near future!

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