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Did you know that the North Carolina Museum of History's exhibitions and programs are completely funded by individuals like YOU, corporate sponsors, foundations, and grants? That's right. And with the expansion of our building, our extraordinary exhibitions, and our dynamic community and education programming, we need your help now to reach new heights. Every donation counts—from $5 to $5,000!

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Dancers at the American Indian Heritage Celebration

The North Carolina Museum of History Foundation’s vision is for the museum to be the leader in the preservation and promotion of North Carolina’s history and culture and to promote and encourage the study of all history. The North Carolina Museum of History Foundation directly supports the following:

  • Exhibitions: including the development of new in-house exhibitions like the upcoming North Carolina A to Z; the procurement of traveling exhibitions like The Power of Women in Country Music coming in October 2022 from the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles; and the preservation of permanent exhibitions like The Story of North Carolina.
  • Education: including the Notable North Carolina lecture series; the annual Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series; the Tar Heel Junior Historian Clubs and Gallery; and the variety of digital programs now offered by the museum.
  • Festivals: such as our annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, African American Cultural Celebration, and Longleaf Film Festival.
  • Conservation + Preservation: efforts towards these two fundamental responsibilities of any museum are crucial and costly. The Foundation seeks to conserve those objects that are donated or collected while working to keep artifacts important to North Carolina’s story in our state for visitors to enjoy and learn from.

You can donate here or by mail (address below). Thank you for believing in the North Carolina Museum of History!

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The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID# 20-0988951) created to support the North Carolina Museum of History’s current initiatives and long-term goals.

All contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

North Carolina Museum of History Foundation
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601