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List of Raleigh Museums | State of North Carolina Museums


Beacuse it is the state capitol, Raleigh, North Carolina is home to some of the state's finest museums. Discover and learn about art, science, natural history, city and state history and more without ever leaving the city limits.

1. North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art is the state's premiere art destination. Hosting major national touring exhibits, the museum is also home to one of the largest collections of Renior sculptures in the United States and one of only two permanent displays of Jewish art in an American art museum. The 164-acre Museum Park is home to over a dozen monumental sculptures. The grounds are also home to an amphitheter that hosts three seasons of music, movies and other programming. The Blue Ridge Restaurant, located within the museum, is a wonderful place for brunch. Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and Museum Park is free. There is a charge for some special exhibitions and programs, such as concerts, films, classes, and performances. Closed Mondays.

2. North Carolina Museum of History

The NC Museum of History is all about the history and heritage of North Carolina.

Did you know NC has 7 historic lighthouses still in existance dating all the way back to 1817?

That in 1903 Orville Wright flew the first power-driven airplane at Kill Devil Hills? He stays aloft for 12 seconds on the first trip.

That the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935?

Take a trip to the NC Museum of History and discover even more about great moments in the history of North Carolina. Free.

3. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is dedicated to science and nature, and is the largest museum of its kind in the southeast. The museum is filled with four floors of exhibits, live animals and hands-on activities. The museum hosts programs daily. Segments such as the annual BugFest and Animal Grossology are exceptionally good at attracting and holding kid's attention -- especially little boys.

4. Marble's Kid's Museum and IMAX Theater

Marbles Kid's Museum offers hands-on exploration for kids of all ages. It is closely connected to downtown Raleigh and offers special children's programming during First Friday's and other major events. It boasts a newly renovated IMAX theather that shows both educational and feature films. Admission.

5. Raleigh City Museum

The Raleigh City Museum is the only home for artifacts of the city and its people. It is an educational center using exhibits, lectures and programs to help residents and visitors learn about the diverse aspects of the city's people, places and events. Free.
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