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History of Dorothea Dix Park
Fayetteville Street Walking Tours

Every Saturday @ 2 pm beginning in January 2018!

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“You really stuck it to me today”

The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell, now open to the public.

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Welcome to the City of Raleigh Museum

The City of Raleigh (COR) Museum is located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh in the historic Briggs Hardware building. Our exhibits and programs reveal the rich history of North Carolina’s capital city. We look forward to your visit!

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Friends of COR Museum

The Friends support the mission of the museum through fundraising and other initiatives. We’re always welcoming new members!

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City of Raleigh Museum Statement on Death of Dwane Powell

The City of Raleigh Museum and the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum are saddened to learn of the passing of renowned political cartoonist Dwane Powell. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Powell family, and museum staff, members, and volunteers join in mourning the loss of a Raleigh icon and American legend.

Through his four decade-long career of penning editorial cartoons, Dwane had tremendous influence on the local, regional, and national political scene.  The museum is honored be part of his legacy.

His current career retrospective exhibit has sparked conversations among museum visitors since it opened in 2017.  We invite Dwane’s fans and the community at large to visit his exhibit to celebrate his memory and express thoughts on a sketch wall – just as Dwane would have.

“You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell” exhibit will be extended through 2020 in tribute.

– Ernest Dollar, Director of the City of Raleigh Museum, and Tom Simon, Board Chair,  Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum


For more than 200 years, North Carolina’s capital city had no repository for its historical artifacts, no place to preserve its past, and no institution to educate its citizens and visitors. That all changed in 1993 when the COR Museum (formerly Raleigh City Museum) debuted its first exhibit.

The COR Museum grew out of the dream of local historian Beth Crabtree, and after Beth’s death, the vision and perseverance of Mary Cates, and countless dedicated volunteers. The museum operated as a nonprofit until July 2012, when the City of Raleigh assumed operational control. While the City remains in charge of the museum, it is also supported by the nonprofit Friends of the COR Museum.

As part of its mission to “Preserve Raleigh’s Past for the Future,” the museum collects and cares for artifacts, curates exhibits, and provides educational programming that all highlight and interpret Raleigh’s history and heritage.

The COR Museum is an integral part of the community for the services it provides to the general public. As the state capital and as its own municipality, Raleigh has a unique history that is worth recognizing and sharing.

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The COR Museum depends on your support for developing our programming! One-hundred percent of your membership goes to the museum programs and exhibits.



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General Information



Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm
Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Closed Monday
Also open First Fridays from 6pm-9pm



Admission is now FREE daily! A recommended donation of $5 for adults can be placed in our donation box in the gift shop.



220 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

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Phone: 919.996.2220

Gift Shop

Gift Shop

The City of Raleigh Museum Store features a selection of unique Raleigh gift items along with a wonderful selection of local artisans. From postcards and refrigerator magnets, to T-shirts, coffee mugs and local history books, make the Museum Store your destination for Raleigh-related items. See more.

Museum Rental

Museum Rental

Located in the 1874 Briggs Building in historic downtown Raleigh, the COR Museum’s lobby, first floor main gallery, and lower level classroom are available to rent for functions such as weddings, rehearsal dinners, quinceañeras, buffet receptions, fundraisers, seminars, and workshops. Find out more.