Welcome to the North Carolina Museum of History!
Visitors from around the world travel to the North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian affiliate, to discover fascinating secrets and hidden gems from our state's past. Located at 5 East Edenton Street in the heart of downtown Raleigh, across from the Capitol, the state history museum welcomes more than 465,000 visitors a year, including 83,000+ school groups. You can contact the Museum at (919) 814-7000. The fax number is (919) 733-8655.
The North Carolina Museum of History is open to the public with some procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Daily, health and safety guidelines are being followed and monitored.
In compliance with Executive Order 215, face masks are no longer required for visitors in most settings outdoors or indoors at our facility. We strongly encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing while visiting our facility.
Admission is FREE. Tickets are NOT required for entry. Hours of operation will be as follows:
- Tuesday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon
- Closed Mondays and some holidays
The Museum Shop hours of operation:
- Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Nearby the museum is convenient parking, restaurants, and many other family-friendly attractions.
The Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
“The North Carolina Museum of History, our spectacular downtown monument to all that is North Carolina.” – The News and Observer