List of museums in North Carolina

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This list of museums in North Carolina is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Town/City County Region Type Summary
82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum Fort Bragg Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Military Exhibits include the history of the 82nd Airborne Division and historic military aircraft
Ackland Art Museum Chapel Hill Orange The Triangle Art Part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, collection includes Asian art, works on paper (drawings, prints, and photographs), European masterworks, 20th-century and contemporary art, African art and North Carolina pottery
A.D. Gallery Pembroke Robeson Piedmont Art Part of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke[1]
African American Atelier Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Art website, visual arts and culture of African Americans, located in the Greensboro Cultural Center
African American Cultural Complex Raleigh Wake The Triangle African American Contributions made by African Americans, open by appointment[2]
Agriculture and Transportation Museum Murfreesboro Hertford Inner Banks Multiple website, operated by the Murfreesboro Historical Association, antique farm equipment and implements, early carriages, buggies and other vehicles
Airborne & Special Operations Museum Fayetteville Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Military Recounts heroic actions of Airborne & Special Operations forces
Alamance Battleground State Historic Site Burlington Alamance Piedmont Triad Military Visitor center exhibits focus on American Revolution battle, also historic Allen House
Alamance County Historical Museum Burlington Alamance Piedmont Triad Historic house Located in the Victorian-period L. Banks Holt House
Alexander-Little Wing Wadesboro Anson Sandhills Historic house Operated by the Anson County Historical Society, 19th-century period house
Alleghany Historical Museum Sparta Alleghany Western Local history Operated by the Alleghany Historical – Genealogical Society[3]
Allison-Deaver House Museum Brevard Transylvania Western Historic house website, early 19th-century house operated by the Transylvania County Historical Society
American Classic Motorcycle Museum Asheboro Randolph Piedmont Triad Transportation Harley Davidson motorcycles[4]
American Military Museum Gastonia Gaston Metro Charlotte Military [5]
Andy Griffith Museum Mount Airy Surry Foothills Biographical Memorabilia of actor Andy Griffith and the Andy Griffith Show, located at The Andy Griffith Playhouse and Surry Arts Council
Arts Council of Henderson County Hendersonville Henderson Western Art website, includes exhibit gallery
Arts Council of Wayne County Goldsboro Wayne Piedmont Art Includes an art gallery
Artspace Raleigh Wake The Triangle Art website, visual art center with 3 galleries
Ashe-Covington Medical Museum Wadesboro Anson Sandhills Medical website, operated by the Anson County Historical Society
Asheville Art Museum Asheville Buncombe Western Art Focus is 20th and 21st century American art and works of significance to Western North Carolina’s cultural heritage
Aurora Fossil Museum Aurora Beaufort Inner Banks Natural history Area fossils, shark jaws, archaeological artifacts including projectile points, stone tools, jewelry and cooking implements of Native Americans from Eastern North Carolina
Ava Gardner Museum Smithfield Johnston Inner Banks Biographical Life of actress Ava Gardner
Averasboro Battlefield and Museum Dunn Harnett The Triangle Military History of the Battle of Averasborough
Avery County Historical Museum Newland Avery Western Local history Located in the former county jail
A.W. Ange House Winterville Pitt Inner Banks Historic house Victorian house, operated by the Winterville Historical and Arts Society, open by appointment and for events[6]
Aycock Birthplace Fremont Wayne Piedmont Historic house Mid-19th century period home of governor Charles Brantley Aycock
Ayr Mount Hillsborough Orange The Triangle Historic house Federal period plantation home
Backing Up Classics Auto Museum Concord Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Automotive website
Badin Historic Museum Badin Stanly Metro Charlotte Local history website, local history, adjacent 1915-period residence and a firehouse museum
Barker House Edenton Chowan Inner Banks Historic house 18th century house
Barton College Art Galleries Wilson Wilson Inner Banks Art Located in the Case Art Building[7]
The Bascom Highlands Macon Western Art website, regional art gallery
Beaufort Historic Site Beaufort Carteret Crystal Coast Open air Includes six restored buildings which are open for tours
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Art Focus is mid-20th century European and American modern art, with museum building designed by Mario Botta, located in the Levine Center for the Arts
Belhaven Memorial Museum Belhaven Beaufort Inner Banks Local history website
Bellamy Mansion Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Historic house Changing exhibits on architectural history, historic preservation and the design arts
Belmont Historical Society Belmont Gaston Metro Charlotte Local history website
Bennett Classics Antique Car Museum Forest City Rutherford Western Automotive website
Bennett Place State Historic Site Durham Durham The Triangle Civil War Site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War, includes reconstructed period farmhouse, visitor center with exhibits
Ben Owen Pottery Seagrove Randolph Piedmont Triad Art website, includes museum of pottery
Benson Museum of Local History Benson Johnston Piedmont Local history [8]
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site Princeton Johnston The Triangle Civil War Site of the Battle of Bentonville, includes visitor center with battle displays, period field hospital historic house
Big Ivy Historical Park Barnardsville Buncombe Piedmont Open air Operated by the Big Ivy Historical Society[9][10]
Billy Graham Library Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Biographical Features exhibits about the life and works of Christian evangelist Billy Graham
Biltmore Estate Asheville Buncombe Western Historic house French Renaissance inspired chateau with collections of decorative arts and 75 acres (300,000 m2) of formal gardens
Black Cat Station North Wilkesboro Wilkes Western Railroad website, model railroad layouts
Black Mountain Center for the Arts Black Mountain Buncombe Western Art website, includes gallery
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Asheville Buncombe Western Art website
Bladenboro Museum Bladenboro Bladen Piedmont Multiple website, local history and art, hand-crafted miniature buildings, military artifacts, farm equipment and tools, photos, operated by the Bladenboro Historical Society
Blandwood Mansion and Gardens Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Historic house Italianate home of former North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead
Blount-Bridgers House Tarboro Edgecombe Inner Banks Multiple Operated by Edgecombe ARTS, includes changing and permanent art exhibits, decorative art, furnishings and textiles, and the separate Pender Museum of Edgecombe County History, open by appointment
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum Blowing Rock Watauga Western Multiple website, area art, culture and history
Bodie Island Lighthouse Nags Head Dare Outer Banks Maritime Lighthouse to climb
Boggan-Hammond House Wadesboro Anson Sandhills Historic house Operated by the Anson County Historical Society, 18th-century period house
Brady C. Jefcoat Museum Murfreesboro Hertford Inner Banks History Collection of Americana
Brevard Station Museum Stanley Gaston Metro Charlotte Local history website
Brock Historical Museum of Greensboro College Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad History website, history of Greensboro College
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site Smithville Township Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Archaeology Ruins of colonial town and Civil War era fort
Buckner Hill Plantation Faison Duplin Piedmont Historic house Open by appointment, mid-19th century plantation house
Burgwin-Wright House Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Historic house website, 18th-century house with 18th and 19th-century furnishings
Burke Arts Council Morganton Burke Western Art website, features gallery with changing exhibits
Burke Heritage Museum Morganton Burke Western Local history website, operated by the Historic Burke Foundation, located in the Old Burke County Courthouse
Burwell School Historic Site Hillsborough Orange The Triangle Historic house 1830s female academy and home, depicts mid-19th century life
Bryant House and McLendon Cabin Carthage Moore Sandhills Historic house website, operated by the Moore County Historical Association
Cabarrus County Veterans Museum Concord Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Military website, operated by the Historic Cabarrus Association, located in the Cabarrus County Governmental Center
Caldwell Arts Council Lenoir Caldwell Western Art website, features gallery with changing exhibits
Caldwell Heritage Museum Lenoir Caldwell Western Local history website, history of Caldwell County
Camden County Jail Camden Camden Inner Banks Prison Historic prison and local history
Cameron Art Museum Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Art Collection includes fine arts, crafts, and design
Canton Area Historical Museum Canton Haywood Western Local history [11]
Cape Fear Museum Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Multiple History, natural science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region
Cape Hatteras Light Buxton Dare Outer Banks Maritime Includes lighthouse and adjacent Museum of the Sea
Carl J. McEwen Historic Village Mint Hill Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Open air website, operated by the Mint Hill Historical Society, includes Mint Hill Country Doctor's Museum, Ira V. Ferguson Country Store, school house, assay office and outbuildings
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Flat Rock Henderson Western Biographical Home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg
Carolina Basketball Museum Chapel Hill Orange The Triangle Sports Part of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carolinas Aviation Museum Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Aviation Over 50 aircraft, including flying Piedmont DC3
Carson House Marion McDowell Western Historic house 19th century plantation home
Carthage Museum Carthage Moore Sandhills Local history [12]
Caswell Center Museum Kinston Lenoir Inner Banks Medical History of the Caswell Developmental Center, a center for adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities
Caswell No.1 Fire Station Museum Kinston Lenoir Inner Banks Firefighting [13]
Catawba County Firefighters Museum Catawba Catawba Western Firefighting Includes fire truck, uniforms, firefighting and communications equipment[14]
Catawba County Museum of History Newton Catawba Western Local history website, operated by the Catawba County Historical Association
Catawba Science Center Hickory Catawba Western Science website
Catawba Valley Furniture Museum Hickory Catawba Western Decorative arts Part of Hickory Furniture Mart, historic furniture, tools, area furniture makers[15]
Catherine Smith Gallery Boone Watauga Western Art Part of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University[16]
Cedarock Historical Farm Graham Alamance Piedmont Triad Farm 19th-century farm
Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education Raleigh Wake The Triangle Natural history website, ecology and environment of the Piedmont, operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Hendersonville Henderson Western Art website, includes decorative arts gallery, a regional inter-institutional center of the University of North Carolina
Century Post Office Museum Winton Hertford Inner Banks Philatelic Open by appointment[17][18]
C. Grier Beam Truck Museum Cherryville Gaston Metro Charlotte Automotive Trucks, early tractors and trailers, trucking memorabilia
Chadbourn Depot Museum Chadbourn Columbus Piedmont Railroad Facebook site, includes model railroads, period furnishings, Audubon prints, railroad memorabilia[19]
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum Sedalia Guilford Piedmont Triad African American Former school, exhibits on contributions made by African American citizens to education in North Carolina
Charlotte Museum of History Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Multiple website, includes local history museum and 1774 Hezekiah Alexander House with costumed guides
Charlotte Nature Museum Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Natural history Operated by Discovery Place, features interactive nature exhibits and live animals
Charlotte Trolley Museum Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Transportation website
Chatham Historical Museum Pittsboro Chatham The Triangle Local history website, operated by the Chatham County Historical Association
Cherokee County Historical Museum Murphy Cherokee Western Local history website, include Cherokee artifacts and history, minerals, dolls
Cherry Hospital Museum Goldsboro Wayne Piedmont Medical History of Cherry Hospital, a historic psychiatric hospital for African Americans, open by appointment
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Rodanthe Dare Outer Banks Maritime Includes two stations and five outbuildings
Children's Museum of Alamance County Graham Alamance Piedmont Triad Children's website
Children's Museum of Wilmington Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Children's website
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Children's Goal is to teach children literature, building, zoology
Children's Playhouse Boone Watauga Western Children's website
Chinqua Penn Plantation Reidsville Rockingham Foothills Historic house 1920s 27 room English countryside mansion with decorative arts and furnishings
Chowan University Green Hall Art Galleries Murfreesboro Hertford Inner Banks Art [20]
City of Raleigh Museum Raleigh Wake The Triangle Local history City history
Clay County Historical & Arts Council Museum Hayesville Clay Western Local history Housed in the old jail, includes 1920s – 1940s office of a local doctor[21] and outdoor Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, operated by the Clay County Historical & Arts Council[22]
Clemmons Educational State Forest Clayton Johnston The Triangle Natural history Includes the Forestry Exhibit Center with interactive exhibits about the ecology of forests, soil, water, wildlife and the state's cultural history
Cliffs of the Neuse State Park Seven Springs Wayne Piedmont Natural history Geology and natural history of the cliffs and the park
Coats Museum Coats Harnett The Triangle Local history Local history displays, adjacent Cotton Museum about cotton farming, weaving[23]
Coffey's General Store Collettsville Caldwell Western History Historic general store with a collection of antiques, original store fixtures and photographs[24]
Colburn Earth Science Museum Asheville Buncombe Western Natural history website, hall of minerals, mining, fossils, astronomy, gemology, geology, meteorology, mineralogy, oceanography
Columbia Theater Columbia Tyrell Inner Banks Multiple website, local culture and environment, particularly heritage of farming, fishing, and forestry, operated by Partnership for the Sounds
Concord Museum Concord Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Local history website, operated by the Historic Cabarrus Association in the Cabarrus County Courthouse
Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh Raleigh Wake The Triangle Art Multimedia contemporary art and design gallery
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Harkers Island Carteret Crystal Coast Multiple website, includes duck decoys, local history, culture and natural history and environment
Corolla Wild Horse Museum Corolla Currituck Outer Banks Natural history website
Country Doctor Museum Bailey Nash The Triangle Medical website, history of rural health care in the United States
Cowan Museum of History and Science Kenansville Duplin Piedmont Multiple website, includes historic farm and general tools and equipment, rock specimens, local history exhibits, park with historic village buildings
Cradle of Forestry Brevard Transylvania Western Multiple Nature, conservation, science, forestry, includes two nature trails with historic forestry buildings and equipment, Forest Discovery Center with exhibits about the forest and forestry
Creation Museum & Taxidermy Hall of Fame Southern Pines Moore Sandhills Creationist Includes stuffed animal mounts and antique tools[25][26]
Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery Crossnore Avery Western Textile Fine art gallery, weaving studio and exhibits, and a retail shop
C. S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center Winton Hertford Inner Banks African American website
CSS Neuse State Historic Site Kinston Lenoir Inner Banks Military Remains of the hull of the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse
Cultural Heritage Museum Kinston Lenoir Inner Banks African American Open by appointment[27]
Cupola House Edenton Chowan Inner Banks Historic house
Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports Kannapolis Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Multiple Includes memorabilia of Curb musicians, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame with photos and memorabilia of notable state musicians, and NASCAR vehicles, photos and memorabilia
Currituck Beach Light Corolla Currituck Outer Banks Maritime Lighthouse to climb, operated by the Outer Banks Conservationists
Dare County Regional Airport Museum Manteo Dare Outer Banks Aviation Features models of aircraft that played a part in the aviation history of Dare County, history of the airport and area aviation
Darshana Hall Plantation Cleveland Rowan Metro Charlotte Historic house website
David John Aaron Museum Mount Olive Wayne Piedmont Local history Operated by the Mount Olive Area Historical Society[28]
Davidson County Historical Museum Lexington Davidson Piedmont Triad Local history Located in the former county courthouse
Delta Arts Center Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Art website, arts & humanities, with an emphasis on African American contributions
Diggs Gallery Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Art website, part of Winston-Salem State University, dedicated to African and African-American art
Discovery Place Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Science
Discovery Place KIDS Huntersville Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Children's
Dr. Robert Smith House Mount Airy Surry Foothills Local history Depicts early 20th century life[29]
Dr. Josephus Hall House Salisbury Rowan Metro Charlotte Historic house website, operated by the Historic Salisbury Foundation, mid-19th century period house
Dry Ridge Historical Museum Weaverville Buncombe Western Local history Located in the Weaverville Public Library[30][31]
Duke Homestead State Historic Site Durham Durham The Triangle Open air 1850s home, factories, tobacco farm and museum
Duplin County Veterans Museum Warsaw Duplin Piedmont Military website
Earl Scruggs Center Shelby Cleveland Metro Charlotte Biographical Life of musician Early Scruggs, history and culture of the American South
Eastern Carolina Village & Farm Museum Greenville Pitt Inner Banks Open air website, depicts buildings and agriculture history from 1840 - 1940
Hammerstone Scout Museum Lillington Harnett The Triangle Scouting website
Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum Mount Pleasant Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Local history [32]
Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum Tarboro Edgecombe Inner Banks Military website
Edwards-Franklin House Low Gap Surry Foothills Historic house Early 19th-century house, operated by the Surry County Historical Society
Elsewhere Artist Collaborative Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Art website, changing, interactive environment of artworks, objects, and events in a former thrift store
EnergyExplorium Huntersville Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Science website, located at McGuire Nuclear Station, exhibits about electricity
Erwin History Room Erwin Harnett The Triangle Local history [33]
Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum Asheville Buncombe Western Automotive website, located at Grovewood Gallery, includes antique cars, horse-drawn wagons, a fire engine
Fair Bluff Depot Museum Fair Bluff Columbus Piedmont Local history Operated by the Greater Fair Bluff Historical Society[34]
Faison Museum Faison Duplin Piedmont Local history Displays in the Faison branch library[35]
Fascinate-U Children's Museum Fayetteville Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Children's website
Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum Fayetteville Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Transportation Located in a historic depot, displays include railroads, cars, local history
Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory and Museum Fayetteville Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Military website, history of the private militia, open by appointment
Fayetteville Museum of Art Fayetteville Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Art website, changing exhibits
Fifth Avenue Mask Museum Hendersonville Henderson Western Anthropology Native masks, dolls dressed in native garb and locally produced textiles, open by appointment[36][37]
Flat Top Manor Blowing Rock Watauga Western Historic house Also known as Moses Cone Manor, located in Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, tours of the Victorian mansion's second floor, first floor houses the Parkway Craft Center
Folk Art Center Asheville Buncombe Western Art Appalachian folk art, crafts and culture, operated by the Southern Highland Craft Guild
Foothills Arts Council Elkin Surry Foothills Art Includes a regional art gallery[38]
Fort Defiance Lenoir Caldwell Western Historic house 1792 home of Revolutionary general William Lenoir
Fort Dobbs Statesville Iredell Metro Charlotte Military Remains of the 18th-century fort from the French and Indian War era
Fort Branch Hamilton Martin Inner Banks Military Confederate earthen fort
Fort Fisher State Historic Site Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Military Restored fort and museum
Fort Macon State Park Beaufort Carteret Crystal Coast Military Restored fort and museum
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Roanoke Island Dare Outer Banks History Includes history of Sir Walter Raleigh's "Lost Colony" and local history
Foscue Plantation Pollocksville Jones Inner Banks Historic house website, early 19th-century plantation house
Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum Franklin Macon Western Natural history website, gems, minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescent mineral display, sea shells, located in a former jail
Fremont Heritage Museum Fremont Wayne Piedmont Local history Operated by the Fremont Historical Society[39]
Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center Frisco Dare Outer Banks Multiple website, Native American artifacts, art, and culture, natural history displays
Gaston County Museum Dallas Gaston Metro Charlotte Multiple website, art, transportation, textiles, historic hotel
General William C. Lee Airborne Museum Dunn Harnett The Triangle Biographical website, former home and military history of General William C. Lee
Gertrude Smith House Mount Airy Surry Foothills Historic house Depicts early 20th century life[29]
GI Memorial House Museum Kannapolis Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Historic house 1945 house built for WWII veterans, operated by the Kannapolis History Associates[40]
Gibsonville Museum Gibsonville Alamance Piedmont Triad Local history [41]
Gold Hill Mines Historic Park Gold Hill Township Rowan Piedmont Mining website, includes Assay Museum, jail and mine shafts
Gourd Museum Angier Harnett The Triangle Commodity Gourd crafts from around the world[42]
Graham County Museum of Prehistoric Relics Fontana Dam Graham Western Archaeology Located at the Hike Inn, pre-historic artifacts from North, Central and South America[43]
Graham Historical Museum Graham Alamance Piedmont Triad Local history Located in the 1914 Graham Fire House[44][45]
Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum Linville Avery Western Natural history website, animals, plants and geology of Grandfather Mountain and surrounding area
Granite Falls History & Transportation Museum Granite Falls Caldwell Western Local history website, located in the 1790s Andrew Baird House, local history and transportation, art exhibits
Granville County History Museum Oxford Granville Piedmont Local history website, operated by the Granville County Historical Society in the former county jail
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Hatteras Dare Outer Banks Maritime maritime history and shipwrecks of the Outer Banks
Green Hill Center Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Art website, visual arts center with exhibitions of contemporary art and a family gallery
Greene County Museum Snow Hill Greene Inner Banks Multiple website, local and regional art and local history
Greensboro Children's Museum Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Children's website
Greensboro College Art Galleries Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Art Anne Rudd Galyon & Irene Cullis Galleries, located in Cowan Humanities Building [46]
Greensboro Historical Museum Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Local history Exhibits include O. Henry, First Lady Dolley Madison, the Greensboro Sit-ins, period displays, also late 18th century McNairy House and early 19th century Isley House
Greensboro Science Center Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Natural history Natural history and science museum, zoo and aquarium
Greenville Museum of Art Greenville Pitt Inner Banks Art website, collections focuses on works by North Carolina artists and noted American Landscape artists from 1860 to present
Gregg Museum of Art & Design Raleigh Wake The Triangle Art website, part of North Carolina State University, applied and decorative arts including textiles, ceramics, outsider/folk art, paintings, photography, sculpture, architectural drawings, archaeological artifacts, ethnographic materials and modern furniture
Grifton Historical Museum Grifton Pitt Inner Banks Local history website, includes tools and equipment for office, shop, farm and kitchen, Tuscorora artifacts, military displays, natural history, Catechna Indian Village replica
Guilford College Art Gallery Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Art [47]
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Military Revolutionary War battlefield and museum
Hammerstone Scout Museum Lillington Harnett The Triangle Scouting website, memorabilia of Scouting pioneers and heroes, open by appointment
Hands On! Hendersonville Henderson Western Children's website
Hanes Art Gallery Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Art website, part of Wake Forest University, located in the Scales Fine Arts Center
Harmony Hall Kinston Lenoir Inner Banks Historic house Operated by the Lenoir County Historical Association, 18th-century house with 19th-century Victorian furnishings
Harmony Hall Plantation White Oak Bladen Piedmont Open air Includes 18th-century house, schoolhouse, two restored country stores, a chapel, corn-crib, external kitchen, log cabin and a gatehouse
Harnett County Indian Museum Kipling Harnett The Triangle Native American Includes a craft shop, Native American artifacts, open by appointment[33]
Harper House/Hickory History Center Hickory Catawba Western Historic house website, operated by the Catawba County Historical Association, late 19th-century Queen Anne house, adjacent Bonniwell-Lyerly House in the Craftsman style
Harris Hall Museum Oxford Granville Piedmont Multiple website, changing exhibits of science, history, art, and culture, operated by the Granville County Historical Society
Harvey B. Gantt Center Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Art Works by African American artists, located in the Levine Center for the Arts
Hatteras Histories and Mysteries Museum Buxton Dare Outer Banks History Archaeological artifacts, history and culture of Hatteras Island
Havelock Tourist & Event Center Havelock Craven Crystal Coast Aviation website, features exhibits about the Marine Corps history and aircraft
Haw River Town Museum Haw River Alamance Piedmont Triad Local history
Haywood Hall Raleigh Wake The Triangle Historic house website, historic home of John Haywood
Henderson County Heritage Museum Hendersonville Henderson Western Local history website
Henderson Institute Historical Museum Henderson Vance Western African American History of the former African American school and its graduates[48]
Hendersonville Antique Toy Museum Hendersonville Henderson Western Toy Toys, dolls, dollhouses, model trains[49]
Hendersonville Depot Hendersonville Henderson Western Railroad Late 19th-century train depot, home to the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club with model trail layout[50][51]
Hendrick Motorsports Museum Concord Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Automotive website, information, ars, trophies, and memorabilia from the Hendrick Motorsports racing teams
Hickory Aviation Museum Hickory Catawba Western Aviation Historic military aircraft, aircraft weapons, flight suits, art, models
Hickory Museum of Art Hickory Catawba Western Art American art including paintings, contemporary, folk, outsider, studio art glass and pottery
Hickory Ridge Homestead Boone Watauga Western Living Located on the grounds of the Horn in the West, Revolutionary War mountain community
Hiddenite Center Hiddenite Alexander Western Multiple Includes Victorian Lucas Mansion and art gallery, doll collection from the 19th century, native gems and minerals
Highlands Historical Village Highlands Macon Western Local history website, operated by the Highlands Historical Society, includes the House-Boynton-Trapier-Wright Home ("the Prince House"), the Highlands Historical Museum and Archives, and Bug Hill Cottage
Highlands Nature Center Highlands Macon Western Natural history website, part of Highlands Biological Station that includes a botanical garden
High Point Museum High Point Guilford Piedmont Triad Multiple website, includes local history museum with exhibits about the area furniture industry, 1801 Hoggatt House, 1786 Haley House and a blacksmith shop
Historic Bath Bath Beaufort Inner Banks Open air Includes guided tours of the Palmer-Marsh House, Van Der Veer House, Bonner House
Historic Edenton Edenton Chowan Inner Banks Open air website, tours include the James Iredell House, Roanoke River Light, Barker House, Cupola House, Chowan County Courthouse and St. Paul's Episcopal Church
History Museum of Burke County Morganton Burke Western Local history website
Historic Bethabara Park Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Open air Site of first settlement by members of the Moravian Church in 1753
Historic Halifax State Historic Site Halifax Halifax Inner Banks Open air website, includes visitor center museum, several 18th & early 19th century historic houses, tavern, tap room, Clerk of Court’s Office, Jail and the Montfort archaeological exhibit
Historic Hope Plantation Windsor Bertie Inner Banks Historic house Includes the 1803 Hope Mansion and 1763 King-Bazemore House
Historic Johnson Farm Hendersonville Henderson Western Farm website, includes farm house, boarding house, barn loft museum, animals; heritage education center owned by Henderson County Public Schools
Historic Latta Plantation Huntersville Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Living 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm
Historic Oak View Raleigh Wake The Triangle Farm Icludes agriculture exhibit, 1855 farmhouse and detached kitchen, livestock barn, carriage house, and turn-of-the-20th-century cotton gin
Historic Rockwell Museum Rockwell Rowan Metro Charlotte Local history [52]
Historic Rosedale Plantation Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Historic house website, 13 room antebellum plantation
Historic Stagville Durham Durham The Triangle Open air 18th century plantation house, slave cabins, farmer's house, visitor center and barn
Historic Vance House & Civil War Museum Statesville Iredell Metro Charlotte Historic house website
Historic Yates Mill County Park Raleigh Wake The Triangle Mill History gristmill and exhibits on the park's natural and cultural history
History House Museum Tillery Halifax Inner Banks Local history website, history of 1930s New Deal African American resettlement farm
The History Place Morehead City Carteret Crystal Coast Local history website, operated by the Carteret County Historical Society, includes textiles, period clothing, furniture, military memorabilia, glassware and artwork
Horace Williams House Chapel Hill Orange The Triangle Art Changing exhibits presented by the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm Pinnacle Stokes Foothills Farm Depicts 1900-1910 farm life
Houck's Chapel Hickory Catawba Western Religious Operated by the Hickory Landmarks Society, late 19th century church, open by appointment
House in the Horseshoe Sanford Moore Sandhills Historic house Late 18th century period plantation home
House of Flags Museum Columbus Polk Western History website, historic American flags, military service and religious flags, flags of our founding countries and the Revolutionary War era
Hudson Depot Museum Hudson Caldwell Western Local history History of the town of Hudson and the local railroad industry, open during special events and to school classes[53][54]
Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography Durham Durham The Triangle History Historic and contemporary photographs of Durham and its citizens
Hugh Torrance House and Store Huntersville Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Historic house website, early 19th-century period house and store
Imagination Station Science Museum Wilson Wilson Inner Banks Science
Ingram Planetarium Sunset Beach Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Science Planetarium and science exhibits
International Civil Rights Center and Museum Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad History History of the American civil rights movement
International Lineman's Museum Shelby Cleveland Metro Charlotte Industry website, history of linemen and the electrical utility industry
Iredell Museums Statesville Iredell Metro Charlotte Multiple website, three sites: Court Street Gallery for art exhibits, Gregory Creek Homestead with 9 cabins and living history events, Kids@Play children's museum
JAARS Museum of the Alphabet Waxhaw Union Metro Charlotte History website, history of the development of the alphabet, operated by JAARS
Jesse Helms Center Wingate Union Metro Charlotte Biographical Papers and works of Senator Jesse Helms, promotes "principles of free enterprise, representative democracy, traditional American values, and a strong national defense"
Jockey's Ridge State Park Nags Head Dare Outer Banks Natural history Visitor center museum
Joel Lane Museum House Raleigh Wake The Triangle Historic house Operated by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, late 18th century period home
John Blue Complex Laurinburg Scotland Sandhills Multiple Includes the 1890s John Blue House, sawmill, several 19th century cabins, late 19th century general store, a half mile, 18 gauge railroad, a cotton gin, and the Historical Museum of Scotland County which includes antique vehicles
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum Fort Bragg Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Military website, information, regimental museum for Special Forces, Military Information Support Operations and Civil Affairs units
Johnston County Heritage Center Smithfield Johnston Inner Banks Local history website
J. Summie Propst House Hickory Catawba Western Historic house Operated by the Hickory Landmarks Society, late 19th century Victorian house
Jugtown Pottery and Museum Seagrove Randolph Piedmont Triad Art website, includes museum of pottery
Junaluska Museum and Memorial Site Robbinsville Graham Western Native American Located at the burial site of Cherokee Warrior Junaluska, Cherokee history and culture[55][56]
KidSenses Rutherfordton Rutherford Western Children's website
Kidzu Children's Museum Chapel Hill Orange The Triangle Children's Interactive exhibit for ages 0–8
Kings Mountain Historical Fire Museum Kings Mountain Gaston Metro Charlotte Firefighting website
Kings Mountain Historical Museum Kings Mountain Gaston Metro Charlotte Local history website
Kinston Arts Center Kinston Lenoir Inner Banks Art website, changing exhibits and model railroad display
Kirby Gallery Roxboro Person Piedmont Art Regional art gallery[57]
Korner's Folly Kernersville Forsyth Piedmont Triad Historic house Unusual historic mansion
LATIBAH Collard Green Museum Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte African American website, fine art and cultural history
Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum Lake Waccamaw Columbus Lower Cape Fear Local history
Latimer House Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Historic house website, operated by the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, Victorian period home
Lawndale Museum Lawndale Cleveland Metro Charlotte Local history Operated by the Lawndale Historical Society[58]
Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum Raleigh Wake The Triangle Transportation Displays of Harley-Davidson drag racing motorcycles and memorabilia
Levine Museum of the New South Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte History Southern and regional history and culture since the Civil War
Liberty Hall Kenansville Duplin Piedmont Historic house Late 18th century plantation house
Light Factory Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Art website, photography and film and related light-generated mediums
Linbrook Heritage Estate Trinity Randolph Piedmont Triad Multiple website, includes tours of 21st-century Linbrook Hall mansion, Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum, early 20th-century Hoover farmshouse
Lincoln County Museum of History Lincolnton Lincoln Metro Charlotte Local history website
Locust Historical Society and Museum Locust Stanly Metro Charlotte Local history [59]
Louisburg College Art Galleries Louisburg Franklin The Triangle Art [60]
Lumbee Indian Museum Laurinburg Scotland Sandhills Native American [61]
Lundy-Fetterman Museum & Exhibit Hall Buies Creek Harnett The Triangle Natural history website, part of Campbell University in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, mounted game animals, seashells, university memorabilia
Macon County Historical Museum Franklin Macon Western Local history Exhibits include Cherokee arrowheads and artifacts, early medical instruments and supplies, period clothing
Madison Dry Goods Museum Madison Rockingham Foothills History website, exhibits include early 20th century hardware, hotel and funeral chapel displays
Malcolm Blue Farm and Museum Aberdeen Moore Sandhills Farm website, 18th-century farm with 1825 farmhouse, grist mill, stable, corn crib, tobacco barn, water tower and windmill
Maple Grove Hickory Catawba Western Historic house Operated by the Hickory Landmarks Society, late 19th century Victorian house
Marbles Kids Museum Raleigh Wake The Triangle Children's Formerly Exploris Museum
Maria V. Howard Arts Center Rocky Mount Nash The Triangle Art website, part of the Imperial Center for the Arts & Sciences
Matthews Heritage Museum Matthews Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Local history website, located in the 1880 Massey-Clark House, operated by the Matthews Historical Foundation
Maxton Museum Maxton Robeson Piedmont Local history Operated by the Maxton Historical Society[62]
May Museum and Park Farmville Pitt Inner Banks Local history website
McColl Center for Visual Art Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Art website, includes art gallery
McDowell House at Quaker Meadows Morganton Burke Western Historic house Operated by the Historic Burke Foundation, 1812 period house
Memory Lane Museum Mooresville Iredell Metro Charlotte Automotive website, retired NASCAR and vintage race cars, memorabilia, antique toys, pedal cars, bicycles, gas pumps, movie cars, tractors and vintage motorcycles
Mendenhall Plantation Jamestown Guilford Piedmont Triad Historic house website, 1811 Quaker Homeplace and plantation buildings
Meredith College Galleries Raleigh Wake The Triangle Art Part of Meredith College
Mineral and Lapidary Museum Hendersonville Henderson Western Natural history Minerals, rocks, fossils, Native American artifacts
Mint Museum Randolph Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Art Located in a former U.S. mint, includes art of the ancient Americas, ceramics and decorative arts, fashion, European and African art
Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Art Located in the Levine Center for the Arts, crafts, design, collections of American, contemporary, and European art
Missiles and More Museum Topsail Beach Pender Lower Cape Fear Local history website, operated by the Historical Society of Topsail Island, exhibits include Operation Bumblebee, Camp Davis, pirates, Native Americans, natural history and the V-22 Osprey aircraft
Mitchell House Museum Thomasville Davidson Piedmont Triad History History of the Mills Home orphanage, open by appointment
Montford Point Marine Museum Jacksonville Onslow Inner Banks Military website, history of the Montford Point Marines, the first African American Marines, located at Camp Gilbert H. Johnson
Moores Creek National Battlefield Wilmington Pender Lower Cape Fear Military Revolutionary War battlefield and museum
Mooresville Museum Mooresville Iredell Metro Charlotte Local history website
Mordecai Mansion Raleigh Wake The Triangle Historic house Antebellum plantation home
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Chapel Hill Orange The Triangle Science Part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Morrow Mountain State Park Albemarle Stanly Metro Charlotte Local history Includes museum of local cultural and natural history and a restored historic house
Mountain Farm & Home Museum Hendersonville Henderson Western Agriculture website, includes agricultural and domestic equipment, farm implements, household utensils, reflects Rural life in 19th-century Western North Carolina
Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill Cherokee Swain Western Open air Includes reconstructed late 19th century log farm buildings and a historic corn grist mill
Mountain Heritage Center Cullowhee Jackson Western Local history website, part of Western Carolina University, natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian region
Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center Old Fort McDowell Western Local history Regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, culture and heritage of the southern Appalachians
Mount Airy Museum of Regional History Mount Airy Surry Foothills Local history website, Native Americans, pioneers, home life, exhibits on Donna Fargo, Tommy Jarrell, Andy Griffith and Chang and Eng Bunker
Mount Mitchell State Park Burnsville Yancey Western Multiple Includes exhibits about the park's natural, cultural and historical heritage
Murfreesboro Historical Association Murfreesboro Hertford Inner Banks Open air website, tours of several historic houses, shops and the William Rae Museum and Agriculture and Transportation Museum
Murray's Mill Newton Catawba The Triangle Mill Operated by the Catawba County Historical Association
Museum & Archives of Rockingham County Wentworth Rockingham Foothills Local history website, operated by the Rockingham County Historical Society
Museum of American Cut & Engraved Glass Highlands Macon Western Art Cut and engraved glass primarily from the American Brilliant Period, 1876-1916[63]
Museum of American Pottery Creedmoor Granville The Triangle Art Located at Cedar Creek Gallery, works by family and studio potters
Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Anthropology website, artifacts and art from Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania
Museum of Ashe County History Jefferson Ashe Western Local history Located in the historic former county courthouse
Museum of Coastal Carolina Ocean Isle Beach Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Natural history Natural science, environment, and cultural history of the Coastal Carolina region
Museum of Colerain Colerain Bertie Inner Banks Local history [64]
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Decorative arts Part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Museum of Life and Science Durham Durham The Triangle Science Formerly North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, science and natural history exhibits
Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts Waynesville Haywood Western Art website, decorative arts, handicrafts and furniture created by North Carolina artists; also known as the Shelton House
Museum of North Carolina Minerals Spruce Pine Mitchell Western Natural history Minerals and gems found in the area and state[65][66]
Museum of North Carolina Traditional Pottery Seagrove Randolph Piedmont Triad Art Features displays from surrounding area potteries[67]
Museum of Old Domestic Life High Point Guilford Piedmont Triad History 19th-century household items, tools and everyday artifacts from Quaker homes, open by appointment[68]
Museum of the Albemarle Elizabeth City Pasquotank Inner Banks Local history Regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History
Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Fayetteville Cumberland Fayetteville metro area Local history Regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, also features the 1897 Poe House and Arsenal Park
Museum of the Cherokee Indian Cherokee Swain Western Native American website, history and culture of the Cherokee
Museum of the Marine Jacksonville Onslow Inner Banks Military Planned museum
Museum of the Native American Resource Center Pembroke Robeson Piedmont Native American website, part of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, prehistory, history, culture, art and contemporary issues of American Indians, with special emphasis on the Robeson County Native American community
Museum of the Waxhaws Waxhaw Union Metro Charlotte Local history website, includes exhibits on President Andrew Jackson
Museum of World Cultures Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Art website, "museum without walls", public display in various buildings at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, includes clothing, textiles, jewelry, pottery, furniture, figures, drawings, photographs, prints and scrolls from all over the world
Museums of Fuquay-Varina Fuquay-Varina Wake The Triangle Local history website, includes the First Fuquay Post Office, the "Squire" Ballentine Schoolhouse, and the Centennial Museum
Mystery Hill Blowing Rock Watauga Western Multiple website, includes historic house furnished for turn-of-the-20th-century life, science exhibits, Native American artifacts, and the house
NASCAR Hall of Fame Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Sports History and heritage of NASCAR
Nasher Museum of Art Durham Durham The Triangle Art Part of Duke University, collections include Medieval art, art of the Americas (largely pre-Columbian), classical antiquities, modern and international contemporary art, with a concentration in art from the African diaspora
National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame Hamlet Richmond Sandhills Railroad Includes railroad artifacts and model train layout
Neal John Deere Tractor Museum Trinity Randolph Piedmont Triad Agriculture Located at Linbrook Heritage Estate, includes rare tractors and industrial equipment, John Deere toys and memorabilia, engines, antique electrical apparatus[69]
New Bern Firemen's Museum New Bern Craven Inner Banks Firefighting website
New London Museum New London Stanly Metro Charlotte Local history [70]
Newbold-White House Hertford Perquimans Inner Banks Historic house Colonial Quaker home
New Hope Valley Railway New Hill Wake The Triangle Railroad Heritage railway and North Carolina Railway Museum
Neuseway Nature Park Kinston Lenoir Inner Banks Multiple website, includes the Neuse Planetarium, Health & Science Museum and the Exchange Nature Center
Norlina Train Museum Norlina Warren Piedmont Railroad website
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Mooresville Iredell Metro Charlotte Automotive website, includes over 40 race cars dedicated to all types of auto racing
North Carolina Aviation Museum Asheboro Randolph Piedmont Triad Aviation Restored aircraft, models, uniforms, memorabilia
North Carolina Baseball Museum Wilson Wilson Inner Banks Sports website, located at Fleming Stadium
North Carolina Central University Art Museum Durham Durham The Triangle Art website, part of North Carolina Central University, focus is African-American and African art
North Carolina Collection Gallery Chapel Hill Orange The Triangle History website, part of the Wilson Library at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, includes literature, photographs, artifacts about North Carolina history, and three historic rooms with furnishings
North Carolina Cotton Museum Pikeville Wayne Piedmont Agriculture Also known as the Northern Wayne Heritage Museum[71]
North Carolina Estuarium Washington Beaufort Inner Banks Natural history website, ecology of North Carolina's estuaries, operated by Partnership for the Sounds
North Carolina Homespun Museum Asheville Buncombe Western History website, located at Grovewood Gallery, history, fine cloth and woodworking crafts of the Biltmore Industries, a school for workers on the Biltmore Estate
North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort Carteret Crystal Coast Maritime Regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History
North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport Southport Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Maritime Regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History
North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island Roanoke Island Dare Outer Banks Maritime Regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, also known as Roanoke Island Maritime Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh Wake The Triangle Art Collection includes European paintings from the Renaissance to the 19th century, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase painting from ancient Greece and Rome, American art of the 18th through 20th centuries, international contemporary art, African, ancient American, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art, and Jewish ceremonial objects
North Carolina Museum of History Raleigh Wake The Triangle History Exhibits include state’s military history, decorative arts, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, transportation and changing exhibits of state history and culture
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Raleigh Wake The Triangle Natural history Themes include dinosaurs, health and medicine, animals, fish, habitats, water, minerals, climate and weather, science, live animals
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville Whiteville Columbus Piedmont Natural history Natural history and cultural heritage of our forests and forestry, formerly known as the North Carolina Museum of Forestry
North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Kannapolis Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Music Located at the Curb Museum, honors state performers and non-performers in the music industry
North Carolina Pottery Center Seagrove Randolph Piedmont Triad Art website
North Carolina School for the Deaf Historical Museum Morganton Burke Western Education History of the school
North Carolina State Capitol Raleigh Wake The Triangle Historic site
North Carolina Transportation Museum Spencer Rowan Metro Charlotte Transportation Railroad, aviation and automobiles
North Carolina Wesleyan College Galleries Rocky Mount Nash The Triangle Art Includes the Mims Gallery and Four Sisters Gallery
Northampton County Museum Jackson Northampton Inner Banks Local history [72][73]
Norwood Museum Norwood Stanly Metro Charlotte Local history [74][75]
Oak Island Light Caswell Beach Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Maritime Lighthouse open for tour
Oakboro Railroad Museum Oakboro Stanly Metro Charlotte Railroad [76]
Oakboro Regional Museum of History Oakboro Stanly Metro Charlotte Local history [76]
Oconaluftee Indian Village Cherokee Swain Western Native American Replica of an 18th-century eastern Cherokee community
Ocracoke Museum Ocracoke Hyde Outer Banks Multiple website, operated by the Ocracoke Preservation Society in the David Williams House, local history, period displays, art exhibits, duck decoys, fishing, boat and lighthouse models
Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum of History Bald Head Island Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Maritime Reconstructed lighthouse keeper's quarters and local history museum, and tours of lighthouse
Old Bridge Preservation Society Museum Sunset Beach Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Transportation website, preserved swing bridge and tender house, and museum about its history and area transportation
Old Brunswick County Jail Southport Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Prison website, operated by the Southport Historical Society
Old City Jail Mount Airy Surry Foothills Media Re-creation of “The Courthouse” from the Andy Griffith Show[29]
Old Fort Railroad Museum Old Fort McDowell Western Railroad Historic depot with railroad displays and visitor center[77][78]
Old Jail Museum Taylorsville Alexander Western Prison [79]
Old Rock School Railway Museum Valdese Burke Western Railroad Also known as the Piedmont & Western Railroad Museum, includes model train layouts and railroad memorabilia, operated by the Piedmont and Western Railroad Club
Old Salem Museums & Gardens Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Living 18th and 19th century Moravian village
Old Salem Toy Museum Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Toy Part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens, includes toys, dolls, teddy bears, puppets, doll houses, toy zoos, automobiles and planes
Old Waynesborough Park Goldsboro Wayne Piedmont Open air website, includes nine historic buildings[80]
Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum Wilson Wilson Inner Banks African American website, contributions of local African Americans
Onslow County Museum Richlands Onslow Inner Banks Local history website, features area fossils
Orange County Historical Museum Hillsborough Orange The Triangle Local history website
Oriental's History Museum Oriental Pamlico Inner Banks Local history [81]
Orton Plantation Smithville Township Brunswick Lower Cape Fear Historic house Southern plantation, outbuildings and gardens
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education Corolla Currituck Outer Banks Natural history website, coastal North Carolina's wildlife, natural history and cultural heritage, operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum Nags Head Dare Outer Banks Natural history Collection of beach glass, feathers, shells, sand, bricks and bottles, located in a historic store
Outer Banks History Center Manteo Dare Outer Banks Local history website, regional archives with changing exhibits
Page-Walker Arts & History Center Cary Wake The Triangle Multiple Local history and changing art exhibits
Palmer-Marsh House Bath Beaufort Inner Banks Historic house 1744 home
Pamlico County History Museum Grantsboro Pamlico Inner Banks Open air website, heritage village, operated by the Pamlico County Historical Association
Pantego Academy Historical Museum Pantego Beaufort Inner Banks Local history
Pender County Museum Burgaw Pender Lower Cape Fear Local history website
Penderlea Homestead Museum Burgaw Pender Lower Cape Fear Historic house website, homestead community farm of the Depression era
Penland School of Crafts Spruce Pine Mitchell Western Art Includes exhibit gallery
Person County Museum of History Roxboro Person Piedmont Open air Complex includes a local history museum in the Governor W. W. Kitchin House, the Male Academy/Parsonage, Woodsdale General Store, Dr. John H. Merritt's office, a tobacco barn, and the Van Hook Subscription School[82]
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education Pisgah Forest Transylvania Western Natural history website, mountain wildlife and habitats, freshwater fish, operated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Polk County History Museum Columbus Polk Western Local history [83]
Poplar Grove Plantation Wilmington Pender Lower Cape Fear Historic house 19th century plantation homestead and outbuildings
Pope House Museum Raleigh Wake The Triangle Historic house
Port Discover Elizabeth City Pasquotank Inner Banks Science website
Port O' Plymouth Museum Plymouth Washington Inner Banks Civil War website, located in a restored depot, Civil War military artifacts
President James K. Polk State Historic Site Pineville Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Biographical Includes visitor center with exhibits about James K. Polk, reconstructions of an early 19th-century log house, separate kitchen and barn
Presidential Culinary Museum Grover Cleveland Metro Charlotte History website, memorabilia from White House chefs, located at the The Inn of the Patriots
Raeford-Hoke Museum Raeford Hoke Sandhills Local history website
Railroad House Sanford Lee Piedmont Local history website, late 19th-century house with local history displays
Raleigh Fire Museum Raleigh Wake The Triangle Firefighting Open on the second Saturday of each month[84]
Rankin Museum of American Heritag Ellerbe Richmond Sandhills Multiple website, natural history, paleontology, local history, Native American artifacts
Red Barn Mountain Museum Waynesville Haywood Western Local history History of area rural mountain life[85][86]
Red Springs Museum Red Springs Robeson Piedmont Local history [87]
Reed Gold Mine Midland Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Mining Gold mining museum and tunnels
Reynolda House Museum of American Art Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Art American art from colonial era to the present
Richard Childress Racing Museum Welcome Davidson Piedmont Triad Automotive website, includes over 50 cars of Richard Childress Racing
Richard Gwyn Museum Elkin Surry Foothills Local history Operated by the Jonathan Hunt Chapter of the D.A.R., includes farm tools, domestic artifacts[88][89]information
Richard Petty Museum Randleman Randolph Automotive Biographical Race car driver Richard Petty and vintage cars
Richmond-Miles History Museum Yanceyville Caswell Piedmont Triad Local history website, located in the Graves-Florance-Gatewood House, operated by the Caswell County Historical Association
Right Track Toy Train Museum Lake Lure Rutherford Western Toy Model trains from the early 1900s to the present[90]
Roanoke Canal Museum Roanoke Rapids Halifax Inner Banks Transportation website, history of the Roanoke River Valley, the engineering feats of the Roanoke Canal and its later use as a source of hydroelectric power
Roanoke/Cashie River Center Windsor Bertie Inner Banks Natural history website, operated by the Partnership for the Sounds, exhibits about wildlife, migratory songbirds, traditional fisheries like river herring and shad, display about the Battle of Windsor
Roanoke Island Festival Park Manteo Dare Outer Banks Multiple Includes a museum ship, colonial and Native American living history site, local history museum, art exhibits
Robeson County History Museum Lumberton Robeson Piedmont Local history website
Rock School Art Galleries Valdese Burke Western Art Community art galleries, operated by the Rock School Arts Foundation
Rocky Mount Children's Museum and Science Center Rocky Mount Nash The Triangle Science website, part of the Imperial Center for the Arts & Sciences
Rocky Mount Fire Museum Rocky Mount Nash The Triangle Firefighting [91]
Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum High Point Guilford Piedmont Triad African American Contributions of African Americans in local history[92]
Rowan Museum Salisbury Rowan Metro Charlotte History Includes local history museum in a historic courthouse, the Old Stone House and the Utzman Chambers House
Ruby City Gems & Minerals Franklin Macon Western Natural history website, store with museum display of gems, minerals and fossils, Native American and pre-Columbian artifacts
Rural Hall Depot Rural Hall Forsyth Piedmont Triad Railroad Open for special events
Rural Hill Farm Huntersville Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Open air website, includes 265-acre (1.07 km2) historic farm with eight historic structures and three reproductions
Rural Heritage Museum Mars Hill Madison Western History Part of Mars Hill University in Montague Hall, Southern Appalachian mountain culture and history[93]
Rush Wray Museum of Yancey County History Burnsville Yancey Western Local history Located in the McElroy House, include period furniture and local history exhibits
Rutherford County Farm Museum Forest City Rutherford Western Agriculture Antique farm and home equipment[94][95]
Rutherford Hospital Museum Rutherfordton Rutherford Western Medical Historic medical equipment and hospital history[96]
Sam Bass Gallery Concord Cabarrus Metro Charlotte Art website, motorsports art by Sam Bass
Sampson County History Museum Clinton Sampson Coastal Plain Local history website
Sciele Museum of Natural History Gastonia Gaston Metro Charlotte Natural history website
SciWorks Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Science Science and natural history
Scottish Heritage Center Laurinburg Scotland Sandhills Ethnic website, part of the library of St. Andrews University, includes exhibits about the Scottish settlement of southeastern North Carolina
Scottish Tartans Museum Franklin Macon Western Ethnic website, history of tartans, Scottish history, culture, dress, migration and military
Second Ward Alumni House Museum Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte African American Memorabilia of Second Ward High School and other Charlotte neighborhoods that were home to the black community[97]
Sechrest Gallery High Point Guilford Piedmont Triad Art Part of High Point University[98]
SEJ Heritage Center and Museum Lake Junaluska Haywood Western Religious website, history of the United Methodist Church
Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library and Museum Morganton Burke Western Biographical website, life, memorabilia and papers of Sam J. Ervin Jr., located on the campus of Western Piedmont Community College
Shaw House Properties Southern Pines Moore Sandhills Historic house website, operated by the Moore County Historical Association, includes the antebellum Shaw House, Garner House and Britt Sanders Cabin
Shook Museum Clyde Haywood Western Historic house website, located in the Shook-Smathers House
Smith-McDowell House Asheville Buncombe Western Historic house Victorian mansion and history exhibits
Smoky Mountain Trains Bryson City Swain Western Railroad Operated by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, features Lionel model train engines, cars and accessories, large model train layout
Somerset Place Creswell Washington Inner Banks Open air 1830 antebellum plantation and outbuildings
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Art Contemporary art gallery
Southern Appalachian Radio Museum Asheville Buncombe Western Technology website, antique radios, equipment and history, located on the campus of the Asheville–Buncombe Technical Community College
Spencer Doll and Toy Museum Spencer Rowan Metro Charlotte Toy website, includes dolls, Tinker Toys, model trains and trucks, dollhouses, miniatures and cap guns
Spring Hope Historical Museum Spring Hope Nash The Triangle Local history [99][100]
St. James Place Museum Robersonville Martin Inner Banks Decorative arts Includes original furnishings, southern folk art, antique duck decoys, quilts
St. Paul Museum Randleman Randolph Piedmont Triad Local history website, located in the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, operated by the North Randolph Historical Society
Stanly County Museum Albemarle Stanly Metro Charlotte Multiple website, includes local history exhibits, 1840s period Freeman-Marks House, 19th century I.W. Snuggs House
START Gallery Winston-Salem Forsyth Piedmont Triad Art Part of Wake Forest University, student art gallery[101]
Stokes County Historical Museum Danbury Stokes Foothills Local history website, located in the 1859 Wilson Fulton House, antique furniture and decorative items
Stone Mountain State Park Wilkesboro Wilkes Western Multiple Includes Mountain Culture Exhibit and mid-19th century Hutchinson Homestead
Stonewall Manor Rocky Mount Nash The Triangle Historic house website, antebellum plantation home
Swain County Heritage Museum Bryson City Swain Western Local history Located in the Swain County Courthouse[102][103]
Swannanoa Valley Museum Black Mountain Buncombe Western Local history website
Tannenbaum Historic Park Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Open air Includes Colonial Heritage Center, 1813 Hoskins House, restored 1830s barn, a replica kitchen and blacksmith shop; adjacent to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park[104]
Tarkil Branch Farm's Homestead Museum Beulaville Duplin Piedmont Open air website, 19th century homestead, includes 1830s Dogtrot house, smokehouse, tobacco barn, corn cribs, chicken house and other structures with exhibits
Teach's Hole Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop Ocracoke Hyde Outer Banks History website, shop and exhibit about Blackbeard and pirates
Textile Heritage Center at Cooleemee Cooleemee Davie Piedmont Industry Located in the Zachary House, history of the area textile industry, includes nearby Mill House Museum, set up for a typical mill worker's family[105]
Textile Heritage Museum Glencoe Alamance Piedmont Industry website, features history and machinery of the textile industry, textile history of Alamance County, the Piedmont, and beyond
Theatre Art Galleries High Point Guilford Piedmont Triad Art website
Things From Yesteryear Museum Pollocksville Lenoir Inner Banks History Open by appointment, includes antique appliances, cars, typewriters, cameras, medical equipment and Fostoria glassware[106][107]
Thomas Wolfe House Asheville Buncombe Western Historic house Victorian boyhood home of author Thomas Wolfe
Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot Thomasville Davidson Metro Charlotte Local history
Tobacco Farm Life Museum Kenly Johnston Inner Banks Agriculture website
Town Creek Indian Mound Mount Gilead Montgomery Sandhills Archaeology Historic Pee Dee ceremonial mound with visitor center, two temples, a burial house, palisade wall and residence
Trail of Faith Valdese Burke Western Open air website, fifteen open-air exhibits and replicas that trace the history of the Waldensians, a Christian spiritual movement
Transylvania Heritage Museum Brevard Transylvania Western Local history website
Tryon Arts & Crafts School Tryon Polk Western Art website, exhibits include student work and area artists
Tryon Palace Historic Site & Gardens New Bern Craven Inner Banks Historic house Modern reconstruction of the historical colonial governors' mansion of the Province of North Carolina
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Boone Watauga Western Art website, operated by Appalachian State University
Twin County Museum and Hall of Fame Rocky Mount Nash The Triangle Local history History, culture, people, and accomplishments of Nash and Edgecombe Counties, located inside the train station[108]
UNC Charlotte Galleries Charlotte Mecklenburg Metro Charlotte Art Two major exhibition spaces on the university’s main campus and a gallery in the UNC Charlotte Center City building[109]
University of North Carolina at Asheville Galleries Asheville Buncombe Western Art Includes Blowers Gallery at the Ramsey Library, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall,[110] Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery[111]
USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Maritime World War II battleship
Vance Birthplace Weaverville Buncombe Western Historic house Reconstructed late 18th century log house and farmstead outbuildings, birthplace of Governor Zebulon Baird Vance
Vance County Historical Museum Henderson Vance Western Local history Located at the Ashland Plantation[112]
Van Every/Smith Galleries Davidson Davidson Metro Charlotte Art website, part of Davidson College
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Wilson Wilson Inner Banks Art website, PBS article, sculpture park[113]
Wadesboro High School Wadesboro Anson Sandhills Education website, operated by the Anson County Historical Society
Wake Forest Historical Museum Wake Forest Wake The Triangle Local history website, includes Calvin Jones House, history of Wake Forest College and local history
Waldensian Heritage Museum Valdese Burke Western Religious website, history of the Waldensians, a Christian spiritual movement, operated by the Waldensian Presbyterian Church
Walter L. Stasavich Science and Nature Center Greenville Pitt Inner Banks Natural history Located in River Park North, includes an aquarium, live animals, wildlife dioramas, shells[114]
Waterworks Visual Arts Center Salisbury Rowan Metro Charlotte Art website
Wayne County Museum Goldsboro Wayne Piedmont Local history website
Weatherspoon Art Museum Greensboro Guilford Piedmont Triad Art Part of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, modern and contemporary art
Weizenblatt Gallery Mars Hill Madison Western Art Part of Mars Hill University[115]
Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum Mooresville Iredell Metro Charlotte Local history website, located in Richard's Coffee Shop, includes photos, paintings, memorabilia
Wellington B. Gray Gallery Greenville Pitt Inner Banks Art Part of East Carolina University in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center[116]
Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum Cullowhee Jackson Western Art website, contemporary art, part of Western Carolina University
Western North Carolina Air Museum Hendersonville Henderson Western Aviation website, historic aircraft and memorabilia
West Point Mill Durham Durham The Triangle Mill Reconstructed working grist mill, located in West Point on the Eno park
Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve Southern Pines Moore Sandhills Natural history Longleaf pine forest, including geology, plants, animals and the use of prescribed fires
Whalehead Club Corolla Currituck Outer Banks Historic house 1925 Art Nouveau mansion
Wheels Through Time Museum Maggie Valley Haywood Western Motorcycle website, over 300 historic American motorcycles
Whippoorwill Academy and Village Ferguson Wilkes Western Open air website, includes Tom Dooley Museum, Daniel Boone replica cabin, an art gallery, store, jail, schoolhouse, chapel
Whistlestop Exhibit at Company Shops Station Burlington Alamance Piedmont Triad Railroad History of the North Carolina Railroad Company[117]
Wilbur A. Tyndall Tractor Museum Pink Hill Lenoir Inner Banks Agriculture Open by appointment, tractors, farm equipment and implements, advertisements, signs, agriculture and rural life memorabilia[118]
Wilderness Taxidermy and Wildlife Museum Franklin Macon Western Natural history Collection of taxidermied animals from around the world[119]
Wilkes Art Gallery North Wilkesboro Wilkes Piedmont Triad Art website
Wilkes Heritage Museum Wilkesboro Wilkes Western Multiple Includes tours of the Old Wilkes Jail, Robert Cleveland Log House, and exhibits about early settlement, military history, industry, agriculture, medicine, communication, education, entertainment, and transportation
Wilmington Railroad Museum Wilmington New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Railroad website
Wilson Arts Center Wilson Wilson Inner Banks Art website
World Methodist Museum Lake Junaluska Haywood Western Religious website, history of the Wesleyan movement
Wright Brothers National Memorial Kill Devil Hills Dare Outer Banks Aviation Includes museum, test site with outdoor displays and monument
Wright Tavern Wentworth Rockingham Foothills Historic site website, open by appointment with the Rockingham County Historical Society
Wrightsville Beach Museum of History Wrightsville Beach New Hanover Lower Cape Fear Local history website
YMI Cultural Center Asheville Buncombe Western African American website
Zachary-Tolbert House Cashiers Jackson Western Historic house Operated by the Cashiers Historical Society, features a collection of hand-crafted ‘plain-style’ furniture

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References[edit]

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