Raleigh is home to some great museums. Whether you’re looking to learn more about art, history, or science, we’ve got you covered. Plus we’ve got a little something to keep the kids entertained during their next teacher work day. Check out our favorite museums in Raleigh!
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Explore the galleries at the NC Museum of Art. The museum’s permanent collection features a wide array of art from the Italian Renaissance, Egyptian funerary art, Ancient Greece and Rome, and even African, ancient American, and Jewish ceremonial objects! In addition to the collection inside, the museum boasts a 164-acre park with over a dozen monumental works of art. There’s always something happening at the NCMA so check out their events calendar to see their traveling exhibitions, movies, and more!
Step back in time to North Carolina’s past at the North Carolina Museum of History. This Smithsonian affiliate is home to over 150,000 artifacts from six centuries in addition to rotating exhibits. Even if you’re born and raised in NC, we guarantee you’ll learn something new during your visit!
Seniors and those who are immunocompromised, don’t worry you’ll be able to enjoy the museum quietly (and safely) from 9:00am—11:00am before the general public!
Let your kids learn and explore at Marbles Kids Museum. Here play is kind and helps children grow intellectually, learn how to problem solve, forges friendships and community, and brings families together. Located right in the heart of downtown, Marbles is the perfect place to spend the afternoon! Pre-booked admission tickets are required so purchase yours online here.
We love calling the City of Oak home, but what do you know about the history of this city we love so much? The COR Museum is dedicated to preserving Raleigh’s past. Learn more about Dix Park, Raleigh’s suffragists, Raleigh’s government, and more! With permanent artifacts and rotating exhibits, you’ll learn something new about Raleigh with each visit.
Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 9:00am–4:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–4:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–4:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–4:00pm; 6:00pm—9pm on First Friday
Saturday | 9:00am–4:00pm
Sunday | 1:00pm–4:00pm
📍 220 Fayetteville St
Looking for something to do this weekend? Head over to CAM Raleigh. This free contemporary art museum is sure to get you thinking. Featuring rotating exhibits you’ll see something new each time you visit. We highly recommend viewing Perservereance, Pride, Power: Alun Be’s Empowering Women Series full of Senegalese women overcoming obstacles and pursuing their dreams in a male-dominated world!
Dinos, carnivorous plants, and sharks, oh my! If you’re looking for an all day experience, look no further than the NC Museum of Natural Sciences! With 4 floors of permanent exhibits, feature exhibits, live animals, and more there’s plenty to explore here. In between exhibits, grab a bite to eat at the Daily Planet Café. Definitely wear comfy walking shoes because once you get started you won’t want to stop!
Tucked away off Hillsborough Street sits the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. The museum started as a collection of art that reflected the university’s curricula located in the Talley Student Union. Today the collection is comprised of nearly 35,000 objects. Their collection has it all from textiles to sculptures to photography to architectural drawings!