Plan Your Visit

The North Carolina Museum of History, our spectacular downtown monument to all that is North Carolina.” – Jim Jenkins, News and Observer

The North Carolina Museum of History is located at 5 East Edenton Street (between Salisbury and Wilmington Streets) in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Mailing Address

North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1011

Telephone

919-807-7900

Fax

919-733-8655

Hours

  • Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

In the event of holidays or inclement weather, call for museum operating hours. 

Admission

Admission to the museum’s permanent exhibitions is free though donations are appreciated. Some special exhibits and some programs do have charges. Call for information.

Location and Directions

The museum is located in downtown Raleigh, between the State Capitol and the Legislative Building, at 5 East Edenton Street (between Salisbury and Wilmington Streets). The main entrance faces Bicentennial Plaza and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. 

From the North or East:

Take the Capital Boulevard (U.S. 401, South) exit off I-440 north of Raleigh. Follow the Capital Boulevard (Downtown) signs. Continue south approximately 2 miles and turn left onto Jones Street. Go 3 blocks. The museum is on the right, after the crosswalk. Lot parking is available in the next block. 

From the West or South:

From I-40 / I-440 E, take Exit 298-B, South Saunders Street (and U.S. 401, North). Keep right and proceed northbound; the street name will change to McDowell Street. Proceed north for approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Jones Street. Go 2 blocks. The museum is on the right, after the crosswalk. Lot parking is available in the next block. 

Know Before You Go!

If you or your guests will be traveling around Raleigh, be aware that the Fortify NC project is well under way. Fortify NC is a North Carolina Department of Transportation project that is rebuilding I-40 and I-440 south of town. This construction could result in traffic congestion. Real-time updates to the project can be found at ncdot.gov/fortifync

Parking

Automobiles

Four public parking decks are located within two blocks of the museum, and a surface lot is located in the block east of the museum (enter off Jones Street or Edenton Street); note that hourly charges may apply during business hours on Mondays through Fridays, but these spaces are generally free on weekends, after 5 p.m., and on state government holidays (note that the museum is open on most state government holidays). In addition, metered parking is available in the area and is free after hours and on weekends.

Charter Buses, Passenger Vans, and RVs

Buses and passenger vans may park in the following locations:

  • A parking lot on the southeast corner of Blount and Jones Streets (two blocks east of the Museum of History) is designated as bus parking while space permits (enter off Jones Street after crossing Blount Street). 
  • Bus lane on Wilmington Street—one block only: between Edenton and Jones Streets
  • North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road (approximately 5 miles from the downtown area). 
  • North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road (approximately 5 miles from the downtown area).

Membership

The North Carolina Museum of History Associates support group is the membership arm of the Museum of History. Your membership is tax deductible and is used to help the museum fund educational programming and family events, artifact acquisition and conservation, and marketing efforts as well as day-to-day operational expenses. Join now! To contact the Associates staff, call 919-807-7850 or write to:

North Carolina Museum of History Associates
PO Box 25937
Raleigh, NC 27611

Contributions/Donations/Gifts

Your tax-deductible donations ensure that our exhibitions, our education and outreach programs, and our research and conservation efforts continue to thrive. Please give to the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contact the Foundation office by phone at 919-807-7876 or by mail at:

North Carolina Museum of History Foundation
Development Office
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601