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The exhibit, "The Story of North Carolina."

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.

Following guidance from NCDHHS, and in accordance with the governor’s Executive Order 224, workers and volunteers at NCDNCR sites are wearing masks in indoor settings beginning Aug. 2.  Any unvaccinated visitor should wear a mask, and we strongly encourage all visitors, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear a mask in indoor settings.

Please continue to follow the museum website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the most up-to-date information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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