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Summer Camps

This summer, we invite your kids to have a BLAST in the PAST at the North Carolina Museum of History!

Our summer camps are packed full of fun that takes kids on a trip back in a time. Campers learn by hands-on experiences led by seasoned education staff inside the Museum. This is not your grandfather’s history lesson!

Summer camp is just $100/per camper—$90 if you are a Museum member! Not a member? Join at the Patriot level today to take advantage of this sweet summer deal. PLUS members get early-bird registration beginning Friday, February 15; nonmember registration opens March 1.

Need-based scholarships are also available. More information about scholarships can be found here.

Let’s get ready for summer—enrollment is limited, so register early!

Printable Versions of the Registration and required forms
Fast Facts
  • Registration: begins February 15 for MOHA/museum members; opens March 1 for general public
  • Need-based scholarships: Applications can be downloaded from the museum website.
  • Enrollment: Limited to 14 participants per camp for K–2; capped at 16 participants per camp for 3–5, 6–8, and 8-10
  • Fees: $90+tax per camp for members; $100+tax per camp for general public 
  • Lunchtime care: available noon–1 p.m. for $15 per week; bring your own bag lunch!

For more information, call 919-814-7039.


Completed grades K–2


Pirates, Ships, and Lighthouses (FULL)
June 24-28       8:30 a.m.–noon

This camp is full. 

Moccasins to Rocket Ships
June 24-28        1–4:30 p.m.

This camp is full. 


Completed grades 3–5


On the Homefront
August 5-9        8:30 a.m.–noon

What was life like during World War II times? You’ll listen to swing music; taste Victory cooking; find out what soldiers wore, ate, and carried; write a V-mail letter; and shop with ration cards and red points.

American Indians Past and Present
August 5-9        1–4:30 p.m.

Did you know that more American Indians live in North Carolina than in any other state east of the Mississippi River? Find out about past and present tribes, make a coil pot, design your own beadwork pattern, and listen to stories from our state’s first people.


Completed grades 6–8


The ’20s and ’30s: Between the Wars
July 8–12        9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Explore life in North Carolina from the “war to end all wars” through the Roaring Twenties to the Hard Luck Thirties and another world war. The politics, the music, the  culture of these times produced what some call “the greatest generation.”


Completed grades 8–10


History Training Shop
July 29–August 2        9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Go behind the scenes to discover how a museum operates. You’ll learn to present a hands-on gallery cart to the public and to create fun, educational guides for visitors—and you’ll visit neighboring historic sites for special tours! By the end of this week, campers will be invited to join the museum’s advanced docent training course and become official volunteers.