Last updated: 11/10/2015
Raleigh, North Carolina
Street Address
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Mailing Address
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
phone: 919-807-7900
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Admission is free, although some special exhibits require a fee. Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton Street lot.
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Kenneth B. Howard, Museum Director
phone: 919-807-7878
Heyward Mckinney, Jr., Chief Operations Officer
phone: 919-807-7871
William J. Mccrea, Associate Director
phone: 919-807-7889
R. Jackson Marshall, III, Associate Director
phone: 919-807-7872
Dr. Joseph Porter, Chief Curator
Susan Lamb, Public Information Officer
phone: 919-807-7943

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 museum exhibits highlight the state's military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Monthly programs include children's programs, craft demonstrations and family events with things to do for all ages. The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Pharaoh?s @ the Museum are open daily.

For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to or Facebook.

To book group tours (10 people or more), call 919-807-7950. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources,


The Division of State History Museums collects and preserves artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national, and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present. The Division interprets the state?s history through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications available to the visitor on-site or through distance-learning technologies.


The museum was founded in 1902.

Artifact Collections

The collection of the North Carolina Museum of History comprises more than 150,000 artifacts representing six centuries. It encompasses a broad range of objects that help interpret the state's rich history.

Research Collections

The artifact collection is available for research upon appointment.

Educational Programs

Guided tours, hands-on museum classroom programs, lecture series, traditional music performances, festivals,hands-on History-in-a-Box kits for classrooms, online workshops for teachers, interactive distance-learning classes, resources on museum's website at Tar Heel Junior Historian Association is based at museum. Teacher Resource Guide are available on museum's website. Docent program. Most programs are free, but some have a minimal fee. Costs of educational materials, such as History-in-a-Box kits and distance-learning classes, are available on museum's website. See website for more educational programs and offerings.


State of North Carolina. Parent Institution: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Office of Archives and History. Subsidiary Institutions: Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center, Museum of the Albemarle, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, and North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and Soutport. Tax-exempt.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

  • 1=Circa magazine, two issues per year
  • 2=Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, two issues per year
  • 3=Docent newsletter, online issue only, quarterly
  • Services

    The Museum Shop

    The Museum Shop features North Carolina crafts. The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Pharaoh's @ the Museum are open daily. To book group tours (10 people or more), call 919-807-7950. For information about special event rental, go to

    Facilities Rental

    The North Carolina Museum of History hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including corporate dinners, cocktail receptions, legislative receptions, business luncheons, meetings, wedding receptions, and holiday parties. Invite your guests to explore the museum by arranging to have our exhibits and gift shop open during your event. Book your next event at the North Carolina Museum of History and bring North Carolina's history to life for your guests.

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental


    Group Tours

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