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All on-site programs are cancelled through December 2020. Please check back for our latest updates. In the meantime, visit our History at Home (hyperlink) page for virtual learning and fun! We appreciate your understanding. 

We continue to closely monitor the state’s response to COVID-19, following the guidelines of the Governor’s Coronavirus task force and the CDC. North Carolinians should continue to listen to NC Department of Health and Human Services for updates and guidance at http://ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

 

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 @ High Noon

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! 

History + Highballs

History + Highballs is an early-evening adults-only virtual program designed to investigate some of North Carolina’s more fascinating stories, places, and characters. So grab a favorite evening libation and tune in to these events. Not sure how to make a mixed drink or what drink to mix? The series includes a quick introduction on mixed drinks, alongside the historical lecture.

Internships

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. 

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.

Volunteer

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.