History and Social Studies

Featured History Museums/Exhibits

Bellamy Mansion Museum

Groups will begin their tour in the Carriage House with a 12-minute introductory video before exploring the mansion’s five floors, changing exhibits on history and preservation, the garden, and the slave quarters. 503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. Tel: 910-251-3700. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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City of Raleigh Museum

220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601. 919-996-2220. See exhibits on the people, history, and culture of Raleigh. Past exhibits have focused on industries, geography, urban development, media and journalism, artwork, artifacts, and more. Free, suggested donation.

Cowan Museum of History & Science

411 S. Main St., Kenansville, NC 28349. 910-296-2149. The collections at CMHS consist primarily of 19th- and 20th-century tools and equipment, including farm and woodworking tools, and household objects. Also featured is a natural science collection with hundreds of geological specimens, and other unique artifacts, such as a tornado demonstrator, an alternative fuel fan, and a hog oiler. Free.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

134 South Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401. 336-274-9199. Walk through the history of the Civil Rights Movement with exhibits that document the battle for equality in education, employment, and everyday life. See photographs of segregation, a replica of the Greensboro Rail Depot, and artifacts. Fee.

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History

301 N. Main St., Mount Airy, NC 27030. 336-786-4478. With 4 floors of history exhibits, this museum features everything from Native Americans to old-time music, culture, toys, industry, and more. Learn about what life was like centuries ago and have a tour, hear stories, and play Colonial games. Fee.

Museum of the Waxhaws

8215 Waxhaw Hwy., Waxhaw, NC 28173. 704-843-1832. Permanent exhibits include the Waxhaw Indian village, the 18th/19th century Heritage Garden, Secrest Homestead, and an 1800s smokehouse. Groups can explore what life was like in America during the 1700s, learn about Andrew Jackson, and more. Fee.

Museums of Fuquay-Varina

131 South Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. 919-552-5562. Consists of three museums: the first Fuquay Springs Post Office, the 19th-century Ballentine Schoolhouse, and the Centennial Museum. The Centennial Museum collection covers early railroads, tobacco, local history and government, and much more. Free, suggested donation.