Thursday, February 9, 2023

North Carolina Museum of History extends its newest exhibit, The Power of Women in Country Music, on loan from the GRAMMY® Museum in Los Angeles An act of love for community

Feb 9, 2023

Country music is deeply rooted in North Carolina’s identity. Both country and bluegrass music have been used to pass down histories, experiences and inspiration from the land while expressing a sound that is inherently connected to our origins. North Carolinians have been using music to tell their stories in communities from the mountains to the coast for generations.

Through the generous support of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, we are eager to share that the museum’s newest exhibition, on loan from the GRAMMY® museum, The Power of Women in Country Music, will be extended through April 2, 2023. As an extra expression of love to our community, the ticket price of the exhibit has been reduced to make it accessible during these financially trying times.

The exhibition explores those shared stories and examines the diverse narratives that often go untold or underplayed on airwaves. We think those stories are worth sharing with as many people as possible as they create connections that transcend time, place and experience. Our community has shown up to support and celebrate this special exhibit, and we want to celebrate them in return!

To our storytellers, music lovers, historians, trivia buffs, superfans and casual listeners alike, we have loved the experience of bringing the diverse stories of the women featured in this exhibition to you so much, we want to make sure even more of you have time to experience them.

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • Extended and on view in Raleigh through April 2, 2023
  • Reduced ticket price to ensure accessibility:
    • Adults are now $10, college students are now $5 with ID and children are FREE
  • Two additional Southern Songbirds Concerts:
    • Feb. 17 with Skylar Gudasz, Kate Rhudy and Libby Rodenbough; emceed by NC legend Jim Lauderdale
      • To amplify the message of “love” on this special night, we are also joined by the Poetry Fox, concert tickets include entry to the exhibition, and a beer/wine bar is included compliments of the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation
      • Tickets are $8/Museum members and $10/general public (all inclusive)
    • April 1 (details to be announced)


“We are so pleased to extend The Power of Women of Country Music at the North Carolina Museum of History,” said Ken Howard, Director of the North Carolina Museum of History. “This exhibit is an important way to connect our community to a central part of North Carolina’s identity. We are grateful for the support of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation and the Grammy Museum® for making this possible.”

Whether you’re looking to explore downtown, looking for a date night or wanting to discover more about the genre, The Power of Women in Country Music makes the perfect activity for all interests and ages. To learn more, plan your visit and buy tickets, visit


About the NC Museum of History

The North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, fosters a passion for North Carolina history. This museum collects and preserves artifacts of state history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Admission is free. In 2022 more than 274,000 people visited the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the Smithsonian Affiliations Network

Since 2006, the North Carolina Museum of History has been a Smithsonian Affiliate, part of a select group of museums and cultural, educational, and arts organizations that share Smithsonian resources with the nation. The Smithsonian Affiliations network is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums and other educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. More information is available at


About the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries, and natural assets in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.


NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums, and Jennette’s Pier, as well as 39 state parks and recreation areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported symphonic orchestra, the State Library of North Carolina, the State Archives of North Carolina, the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, and the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, along with the state Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, call 919-814-6800 or visit

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