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African American Cultural Celebration

Join the statewide kickoff to Black History Month at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society since 2015, our annual African American Cultural Celebration features musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, and more. 

American Indian Heritage Celebration

Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will gather for this popular family event. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration offers something for all ages and gives a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture (with a population of over 120,000), past and present. Activities include craft demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, foods, and much more.

History à la Carte

Join us at the museum, at noon, on the second Wednesday of each month, and have a little history with your lunch! History à la Carte is a series of 50-minute informal lectures about a variety of historical topics—come learn about the Civil War, North Carolina pottery, the lost colonists, and famous North Carolinians! You bring your lunch, we provide the drinks! Find the next talk on our event calendar.


The North Carolina Museum of History, located in downtown Raleigh, provides occasional internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students looking for experience in museums. For more information click here.

Longleaf Film Festival

Film, Fun, and Community! Watch movies, meet filmmakers, and enjoy popcorn for free! Be part of our sixth annual Longleaf Film Festival at the Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Multiple screenings, Movies-N-Moonlight, socials, panels, awards, a Wrap Party: Longleaf! Hosted by the North Carolina Museum of History, Longleaf Film Festival highlights the best of historic and contemporary stories through narrative and documentary features and shorts.

Lectures, Panels, and Symposiums

Become a lifelong learner! The museum offers opportunities for history enthusiasts to learn through a variety of lectures and symposiums throughout the year. Check out our event calendar for upcoming programming.

Music of the Carolinas

Since 1998, PineCone and the North Carolina Museum of History have partnered to present Music of the Carolinas, a series of free concerts featuring some of the state's finest folk musicians and tradition bearers.

These concerts take place in the museum's Daniels Auditorium on the second Sunday of each month between October and June. In addition to live performances, this series utilizes program notes, lecture-demos, and film screenings, to educate audiences about various musical traditions in North Carolina. PineCone co-presents this series along with the North Carolina Museum of History. Find the next performance on our event calendar.


The North Carolina Museum of History brims with historical treasures from across the state. With the help of volunteer docents who lead guided tours and hands-on Discovery Tours, these treasures come to life for thousands of people every year, adding a personal touch to their museum visit. Experience the fun of interpreting the past to children and adults by giving weekday or weekend tours.

Is speaking to groups not your thing? Other options include assisting with clerical projects, helping develop educational programs, and chipping away at any number of other behind-the-scenes projects. Our volunteers are some of the museum's greatest treasures. For more information click here.

Videos and Audio on Demand

Learn about North Carolina history without ever opening a textbook! Our growing selection of on-demand streaming videos and podcasts offer a fun and informative way to become an expert on the state's history.