Museum Tours for Educators and School Groups

We offer a variety of tours to fit the unique interests and needs of your group. Find our tour options listed below and see our pre-visit materials page for lessons, activities, and other information that will help your students prepare for their visit.

Free Tours
  • Self-Guided Spotlight Tour
    Grades 4–12, one hour, maximum 35 students, teacher led.
    Offered September–May on weekdays. 

    What’s in the spotlight today? Visit exhibits containing rotating “spotlight” stations staffed by volunteers to learn more about certain artifacts or specific sections of the exhibits. Groups will explore the museum at their own pace. On a spotlight tour, no two visits to the museum are the same!

    The Self-Guided Spotlight Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards:
    Grades 4–8 Social Studies: 4.H.1.4, 4.H.2.1, 4.H.2.2, 4.G.1.1, 4.G.1.4, 4.C.1.1; 8.H.3.2, 8.H.1.3

    General Resource Guide

  • Self-Guided Tour
    All age groups, one hour, maximum 35 people, led by teacher or other adult. Offered year-round. 

    Tour the long-term exhibits The Story of North Carolina, Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and A Call to Arms at your own pace. You may include other exhibits on your tour.

  • North Carolina History Highlights Guided Tour
    Grades 4–12 and adults, one hour, maximum 35 people, docent led. Offered July–September, January–February, and June on weekdays. 

    This guided tour features highlights from many of the museum’s exhibits, providing an overview of the people and events shaping North Carolina history.
    The North Carolina History Highlights Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards:

    The North Carolina History Highlights Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards: Grades 4–8 Social Studies: 4.H.1.1, 4.H.1.2., 4.H.1.3, 4.H.1.4, 4.G.1.4, 4.E.1.3, 4.C.1.1, 4.C.1.2; 8.H.1.3, 8.H.3.1, 8.H.3.2, 8.H.3.4, 8.G.1.1, 8.C.2.3, 8.G.2.3

    General Resource Guide

  • African American History Highlights Guided Tour
    Grades 4–12 and adults, one hour, maximum 35 people, docent led. Offered September–February and June upon request. 

    Visit several exhibits on this tour to discover the contributions of African Americans to North Carolina history.

    The African American History Highlights Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards:
    Grades 4–8 Social Studies: 4.H.1.3, 4.H.1.4, 4.C.1.1, 4.C.1.2; 8.C.2.3, 8.C.1.1, 8.C.1.2, 8.C.1.3, 8.G.2.3

  • Weekend History Highlights Guided Tour
    All age groups, one hour, maximum 20 people, docent led.
    Offered year-round on weekends upon request. 

    A museum docent will take you through several exhibits to highlight various aspects of North Carolina History. Advance registration required.

Fee-Based Tours

Discovery Tours require a fee of $30 per class plus state and local taxes. A confirmation and invoice will be e-mailed to you within five days of scheduling your tour. Mail or deliver your check, money order, or purchase order, payable to NCMOH Education Programs, to Discovery Tours, North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27601-1011. Payment must be received at least one week before the Discovery Tour, or the tour may be canceled. The museum will grant refunds only when a cancellation is received at least two weeks before the tour. For more information, please contact Susan Horton at 919-807-7982 or to book a tour, please contact the Capital Area Visitors Center by completing an online registration form.

  • American Indian Discovery Tour
    Grades K–3, one hour, maximum 35 students, docent led.
    Offered September–January and June–August on weekdays.
    Fee: $30 per class plus state and local taxes 

    How did North Carolina’s first people look, dress, or cook, and how do we know these things? Touch, see, and even smell reproduction artifacts. See the American Indian community as it existed centuries ago and learn about its contributions to today’s communities.

    The American Indian Discovery Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards:
    Grades K–3 Social Studies: K.H.1.3, K.G.1.2, K.G.2.2, K.E.1.1, K.C.1.1; 1.H.1.2, 1.G.2.2; 2.G.2.1, 2.C.2.1; 3.H.2.1, 3.H.2.2

    American Indian Discovery Tour

  • Making Music in North Carolina Discovery Tour
    Grades K–3, one hour, maximum 35 students, docent led.
    Offered February–May on weekdays.
    Fee: $30 per class plus state and local taxes 

    What is a string band and how does it sound? Explore North Carolina’s musical heritage by looking at traditional instruments and recognizing their sounds. Then get moving to the music with some clogging steps.

    The Making Music in North Carolina Discovery Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards:
    Grades K–2 Social Studies: K.H.1.3, K.C.1.1; 1.H.1.2, 1.G.1.2, 1.G.2.2; 2.G.1.2, 2.C.2.1
    Grades K–3 Music: K.MR.1.3, K.CR.1.2; 1.CR.1.2; 2.MR.1.3; 3.MR.1.4, 3.CR.1.2

    Making Music in North Carolina Discovery Tour Resource Guide

  • Discover Your Governors Discovery Tour
    Grades 3–8, one hour, maximum 35 students, docent led.
    Offered October 25–May on weekdays.
    Fee: $30 per class plus state and local taxes  

    Have North Carolina’s governors always had access to social media, and computers to link them with citizens across the state? This tour will focus on our state’s governors from the 18th through the 21st centuries. Students will examine how governors were elected, and learn how changing technologies have influenced communication with our state’s leaders.

    Discover Your Governors Discovery Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards:
    Grades 3–8 Social Studies: 3.H.2.1; 4.H.1.3, 4.G.1.1, 4.G.1.4,; 8.H.1.2, 8.H.1.3, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.3.2, 8.H.3.4, 8.C&G.1.4

 

  • The Good Old Days? Discovery Tour
    Grades 4–8, one hour, maximum 35 students, docent led.
    Offered September–May on weekdays.
    Fee: $30 per class plus state and local taxes 

    Let’s go back to early 19th-century North Carolina and discover what life was like on a subsistence farm at that time. How did people cook their food, clean their houses, and do other household chores without the modern conveniences of today?

    The Good Old Days? Discovery Tour meets the following NC Essential Standards:
    Grades 4–8 Social Studies: 4.G.1.1, 4.G.1.4; 8.H.1.1, 8.H.1.3, 8.H.3.2, 8.H.3.4, 8.C.1.1, 8.C.1.3

    The Good Old Days? Discovery Tour