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Welcome to the North Carolina Museum of History!

The North Carolina Museum of History Announces Upcoming Redesign of Museum and Exhibits

The third-floor exhibits closed on June 3, 2024. The first-floor exhibits and physical museum building will close on October 7, 2024.

Admission is FREE.

Tickets are NOT required for entry.

Hours of operation:

  • Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.

The museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Visitors from around the world travel to the North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, to discover Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The major exhibition The Story of North Carolina features fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, and an interactive format for all ages. Other exhibits highlight the state's military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Monthly programs include children's programs, craft demonstrations and family events.

The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Premier Cakes Diner at the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday. 

Admission is FREE, although some special exhibits require a fee.

Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton Street lot. 

The North Carolina Museum of History, our spectacular downtown monument to all that is North Carolina. 

- The News and Observer

Things to Know Before Your Visit