NC History Museum Variety Vacationland
Photo courtesy of NC Conservation and Development Department, State Archives of North Carolina

Virtual Day Tripping

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Explore the beauty of the NC coast and beyond right from the heart of Downtown Raleigh.

A day at the beach without having to make the drive or come home covered in sand? Yes, please! All July long, the NC Museum of History will be offering both in-person and virtual events highlighting the sunny North Carolina coast—sunscreen not required. 

There’s the Beach Music exhibit, a rich and interactive gallery highlighting all the hits, dance moves and stories behind the iconically Carolinian music. Expect to see the familiar sights and sounds of the most influential bands of beach music, including the Embers, Chairmen of the Board, and the Tams while you check out the flashy costumes worn by some of the stars; play beach music faves from a vintage 1965 Wurlitzer jukebox; watch a live feed of Carolina Beach; and even learn how to shag. 

Additionally, the Are We There Yet? photography gallery looks back at North Carolina’s tourism boom, which was largely thanks to a state-run marketing effort in the 1930s called “Variety Vacationland.” The efforts put NC on the map as a destination, not just a stopover, and this exhibit highlights the successful campaign and its impacts on local tourism.

Besides the beach, the museum is also featuring a virtual stroll through America’s finest example of Greek Revival residential architecture through a special edition of History + Highballs; a behind-the-scenes look at the Toy Boom! exhibit with curator Katie Edward; and more.

With everything going on at the history museum this month, there’s more than enough ways to get your fill of sun and fun (and history!) right in the heart of Downtown—plus, it’s getting way too hot outside and the AC is pretty excellent. 

Other Happenings at the Museum This Month

Take It, Make It: Corn Husk Doll | July 10

Summer Tar Heel Tales: T is for Tarheel (virtual) | July 14

Saturday in the Garden | July 17

Summer Tar Heel Tales: The Toy Farmer (virtual) | July 21

Take It, Make It: Mini Time Capsule | July 24

Summer Tar Heel Tales: Amazing Grace (virtual) | July 28

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