NC Museum of History

Gift of the Grind

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Delivering passions aplenty, these historic happening spots have been playing the entertainment long game.

120 Years
NC Museum of History
EST. 1902

Sometimes a belief in the future is what gives a history museum its staying power—because the past helps us prepare for it. So is the case with 120YO history powerhouse and Smithsonian affiliate North Carolina Museum of History. With a dedication to telling the stories of the state, nation and globe, the museum has also served as a tried-and-true space for learning, thinking and sharing. Begun with a literal gathering gallery of artifacts, founder Fred A. Olds traveled every county to amass tales and historical trinkets to get schooled on the state’s vast history. Olds’ passion and spirit of discovery and sharing—esse quam videri (to be rather than to seem)—continues to play out in the hallowed history museum today across educational programs, publications, events… and, of course, exhibits. Whether it’s the “sunken secrets” of Eastern NC, the fashions of the British aristocracy a la Downton Abbey, or a look at the history of women in country music via the upcoming traveling Grammy Museum exhibit, our tried-and-true museum maintains its dedication to preserving, interpreting and sharing the culture and history of the Tar Heel State.

25 Years 
Carolina Ballet
EST. 1998*

25 Years
Burning Coal Theatre 
EST. 1997

25 Years
NCMA Summer Concerts
EST. 1997

25 Years
The Pour House
EST. 1997

40 Years
Goodnights Comedy Club
EST. 1983*

75 Years
Theatre in the Park
EST. 1947

80 Years
Rialto Theatre
EST. 1942

85 Years
Raleigh Little Theatre
EST. 1936*

135 Years
Pullen Park
EST. 1887

*Celebrated anniversary last year or are celebrating next year

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