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December 2017
Library Holiday Hours!

We’ll be closed for the holidays on Monday, December 25th - Wednesday, December 27th and again on Monday, January 1st.  Any questions… please call 919-733-9390 for more information.

Happy New Year from the NC Legislative Library!
Happy Birthday, NC Museum of History! Going Strong at 115!

On December 5, 1902, the North Carolina Museum of History was born when Frederick Augustus Olds’s private collection of artifacts merged with the State Museum’s collection and opened to the public as the Hall of History. Over our 115-year history, the museum has grown and evolved—not just with a new name and location, but also with celebrated exhibits, educational tools, digital collections, a Smithsonian affiliation, and more.

The North Carolina Museum of History has come a long way since 1902!    Here’s a quick look at the museum today, by the numbers: 
  • 55,000 square feet of exhibit space on two floors
  • 50,000+ artifacts (including stone tools dating from 12,000 BCE; weaponry and uniforms from the Civil War and Word War I; a sword recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge; and the complete Cumberland County workshop of gun inventor David Marshall “Carbine” Williams)
  • 14,000+ years of history covered in the museum’s signature exhibit, The Story of North Carolina
  • 11 current exhibits, including six permanent exhibits
  • 200,000+ visitors to North Carolina and World War I, our most-visited exhibit of record (exhibit opened April 2017)
  • 415,000+ museum attendees in 2016; nearly 360,000 (including 99,000+ students) so far in 2017
  • 8,000+ visitors attended the African American Cultural Celebration, breaking the record for 2016
  • 13,000 students in 60 counties engaged through live stream educational programs

Click here to read more about the history of the museum.  
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