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NC Museum of History, Raleigh

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NC Museum of History, Raleigh, North Carolina NC

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North Carolina Museum of History is a free, state-of-the-art museum with excellent exhibits! Older kids will learn a lot from this museum and enjoy the attractive lifelike displays. Younger kids won't find enough hands-on exhibits here. This museum tells the story of North Carolina history during the times of the pirates, the Civil War, and World War II. There are many items to see, all displayed beautifully (no stuffy displays here!) and plenty of information to read. Many exhibits are experiential, such as the exhibit on fabric making which has a button to press to feel the vibration and hear the loud noise of the machines. There are videos to watch as well. We enjoyed this museum more than the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. 
After, cross the pedestrian plaza and check out the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, also a free museum.
Also, if you have kids, check out Marbles Kids Museum.
After, eat at Brewerks Cafe (a three minute drive), in an adorable neighborhood of Victorian homes- easy parking! Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Entrance to the museum.
Entrance to the museum.
Judaculla rock.
Judaculla rock.
A woman who held high status in her tribe, and traded for glass beads, in the 1600s in Sauratown.
A woman who held high status in her tribe, and traded for glass beads, in the 1600s in Sauratown.
Pirate exhibit.
Pirate exhibit.
Boys checking out the pirate exhibit.
Boys checking out the pirate exhibit.
Swords, from around 1650.
Swords, from around 1650.
Pirates smuggled and sold valuable commodities like salt, weapons, spices, medicines, sugar, and tea and coffee.
Pirates smuggled and sold valuable commodities like salt, weapons, spices, medicines, sugar, and tea and coffee.
Continental line soldier.
Continental line soldier.
Classical design dress from around 1810.
Classical design dress from around 1810.
Millstones, for grinding grain.
Millstones, for grinding grain.
Women's roles in the Civil War.
Women's roles in the Civil War.
Children as young as six worked in the textile mills. The work was hot, dusty, loud, and repetitive.
Children as young as six worked in the textile mills. The work was hot, dusty, loud, and repetitive.
Entrepreneurs from North Carolina.
Entrepreneurs from North Carolina.
Wright brothers exhibit.
Wright brothers exhibit.
The Wright brothers on the dunes.
The Wright brothers on the dunes.
The Cherokee Indians at the Qualla Boundary make work carvings, coil pottery, and rivercane baskets.
The Cherokee Indians at the Qualla Boundary make work carvings, coil pottery, and rivercane baskets.
Tailored uniform.
Tailored uniform.
Family member in service banner, hung in the window.
Family member in service banner, hung in the window.
African Americans and American Indians confronted the inequalities when they returned home from service in the war.
African Americans and American Indians confronted the inequalities when they returned home from service in the war.
Woolworth's luncheon counter, where activism by students took place.
Woolworth's luncheon counter, where activism by students took place.
Wright brothers exhibit.
Wright brothers exhibit.
Corn, growing outside the museum for an exhibit on North Carolina agriculture.
Corn, growing outside the museum for an exhibit on North Carolina agriculture.
   

Directions

NC Museum of History is located at 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601. There is metered parking along the street.
Entrance is free.
Open Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5.

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