All on-site programs are cancelled through December 2020. Please check back for our latest updates. In the meantime, visit our History at Home 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.
At the Museum
From September to June, kids ages 6-9 years old can learn about North Carolina history through discussion, exhibit visits, and a hands on project or story. These classes generally take place on the first Wednesday and Saturday of the month.
From September to June, kids ages 10-13 years old can learn about North Carolina history through discussion, exhibit visits, and a hands on project. These classes generally take place on the first Wednesday and Saturday of the month.
Gallery-themed backpacks are available for parents with children ages 3 to 5. The backpacks are filled with activities to help you explore the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, The Story of North Carolina, and the history of our state's American Indians. Look for the backpack kiosk in the museum lobby or ask at the information desk, and join in the fun with your little ones!
Exhibit Gallery Activities
Explore our exhibit galleries with Colonel Fred Olds, founder of the museum, using the Fred’s Finds activities. Or visit a number of our permanent exhibits and look for special objects on a Museum Gallery Hunt. Print out forms from the links below or pick up copies at the information desk. They’ll help you find some of the colonel’s favorite artifacts and get you thinking together.
- Fred's Finds: North Carolina & World War I
- Fred’s Finds: North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
- Fred’s Finds: North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (en Español)
- Museum Gallery Hunt
Tours of the Museum
The museum offers free guided and self-guided tours of exhibits. Discovery Tours, with a hands-on component, require a fee of $25 per class, plus state and local taxes.
History in a Box Kits
Bring the North Carolina Museum of History to you! Through our innovative "History-In-a-Box" Kits, educators can use a fresh approach to introduce topics in history! These multidisciplinary teaching tools provide you with background materials, reproduction artifacts, lessons, and activities that tie North Carolina history with language arts, science, math, and visual art.
Tar Heel Junior Historian Association
Imagine being part of a group that helped raise awareness and funding to restore the historic carousel at Raleigh’s Pullen Park. Or picture yourself in a group that discovered and documented a forgotten cemetery in New Bern. What if your research and activism resulted in the U.S. Coast Guard’s awarding a posthumous medal to the all–African American crew of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station 100 years after a heroic rescue?
These projects were accomplished by students in North Carolina. They represent just a fraction of the work that has been done by Tar Heel Junior Historian Association (THJHA) clubs across the state. THJHA inspires and empowers North Carolina students to discover local and state history—in an active, hands-on way. The association also encourages junior historians to share what they learn.
Videos on Demand
Learn about North Carolina history without ever having to open a textbook! Our on-demand streaming videos offer a fun and informative way to become an expert on the state's history.
“Visit” the Museum of History through live two-way videoconferencing. Distance learning classes are interactive programs that allow students to see and touch reproduction artifacts as they explore a historical topic with a museum expert.