The Underground: Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985

The Underground: Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985

This new exhibit highlights the golden days of Raleigh’s celebrated nightlife hotspot beneath Cameron Village. The specially curated exhibit is based on the documentary photographs of local photographer Chris Seward, who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, took thousands of images of the music scene happening in these clubs. “The Underground” exhibit will be open through December 2018.

America’s Wars: Individual Experience and Collective Memory

America’s Wars: Individual Experience and Collective Memory

How do soldiers remember war? And how are these memories communicated to others? Through interviews with Raleigh-area veterans, through personal artifacts and mementos, through popular culture (videos, music, games), this exhibit looks at how we look at war. Focusing on Vietnam and Afghanistan/Iraq, this exhibit explores the dynamic between local veterans’ personal experiences and the collective memory of the community to understand how Americans understand war.

September through November Exhibit

“Secrets of the Cathedral” Exhibit Opens at the City of Raleigh Museum Jan. 6

“Secrets of the Cathedral” Exhibit Opens at the City of Raleigh Museum Jan. 6

Museum visitors can enter to win free airfare to Paris compliments of Delta Airlines

RALEIGH, N.C. (DECEMBER 19, 2016) – The City of Raleigh Museum announced today its “Secrets of the Cathedral” lobby exhibition will open to the public Friday, Jan. 6. “Secrets of the Cathedral,” created by A. Brothers Associates Exhibit Design, answers the question “What makes a church a cathedral?” It does this by showing how cathedrals have played a continuing influence on architecture, art, music, and culture through the years and have elevated man’s wisdom by their construction and presence in the communities they serve. Visitors can learn how early builders crafted these monuments to become the stunning societal focal points they continue to be today. The display touches on the “theology of architecture” and how inner engineering techniques evoke outer spiritual beauty. The exhibit is free and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

“We are proud to offer the community this wonderful opportunity to shed light on cathedral design and what it inspires,” said Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “The timing is perfect, with Raleigh’s own new cathedral being built to anchor the city’s skyline for generations to come.”

In celebration of Raleigh’s Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral construction milestones, the City of Raleigh Museum will also share behind-the-scenes images of the build process as well as offer related special events including an architect-led stained glass window discussion and a private hard hat tour of the new cathedral. Upon completion, Raleigh will rank among the top five largest cathedrals in the United States versus its current designation as the second smallest at the Hillsborough Street location.

Exhibit Details:

“Secrets of the Cathedral” at The City of Raleigh Museum

220 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC 27601

(located in the famous downtown Briggs Hardware Building built in 1874)

  • Museum Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m./Sundays 1-4 p.m.
  • Admission is free; donations accepted
  • Group tours available with advance notice
  • More information at or call 919-996-2220

Friends of the Museum Paris Flight Drawing:

In celebration of the exhibit and its new RDU to Paris nonstop service, Delta Airlines has partnered with the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum to offer one lucky museum visitor two free economy class tickets to Paris, home of some of the most renowned cathedrals in the world. This drawing is open to all legal U.S. residents 18 years of older visiting the museum from Jan. 6 through May 31, 2017. One winner will be randomly selected in early June.

  • Entries (name, email address, and contact phone number) must be filled out on-site during museum hours. Email, phone or other electronic entry methods will not be accepted.
  • Limit one entry per person during the drawing period.
  • The tickets are for two people traveling together and must be issued no later than Dec. 15, 2017.
  • Winner’s travel certificate is not transferable, sellable, refundable or exchangeable, and must be returned to the museum if it cannot be used. Other airline restrictions including date availability may apply.
  • All other transportation/trip costs are the responsibility of the contest winner.

Also currently on display at the City of Raleigh Museum, this spring is the popular “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibition detailing the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States over the past three centuries.

About The City of Raleigh Museum

Located in Downtown Raleigh in the historic Briggs Hardware building, the City of Raleigh Museum explores the rich history of North Carolina’s capital city. As part of the Historical Resources and Museums Program (HRMP) of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, the COR Museum is dedicated to interpreting the past, present, and future of Raleigh.  Since 1993, the has museum collected and cared for artifacts, curated exhibits, and provided educational programing that highlights Raleigh’s history and heritage. Our tagline, “Then. Now. Next.,” represents a new approach to understanding North Carolina’s capital.

Unique events happening around the Beyond Bollywood Exhibit!

Unique events happening around the Beyond Bollywood Exhibit!

The City of Raleigh Museum is partnering with local groups to tie in a series of educational programs and special events to highlight the Triangle’s vibrant Indian community and create a more interactive experience. For more information, contact us at (919)-996-2220 or via email at  Events are free unless noted and all take place onsite at the City of Raleigh Museum:

Explore India Through Dance (Instructor: Priya Chellani, Indigo Dance Evolution Academy)


Bollywood dance is synonymous with Indian culture so come discover this dance fusion rooted in Indian classical and folk dances.  Explore the exhibition then become the interpreter as you learn a creative blend of dance movements and express yourself on a diverse variety of Bollywood songs. The different workshops will focus on dance styles from different regions across India.  Each workshop is limited to maximum capacity of 20 and are taught by Indigo Dance Evolution.  Ideal for families, children ages 9+.  Cost $9/ticket.

  • November 12, 2016, 1-3 pm
  • February 11, 2017, 1-3 pm
  • March 11, 2017, 1-3 pm
  • April 9, 2017, 1-3 pm

The Sari: India’s Iconic Clothing


Learn about the sari, the most recognizable garment worn by Indian women. Explore the history of the sari and its evolution over the years. This program explains the different ways of wearing a sari that varies from region to region in India. Visitors can try on a sari and vintage saris will be displayed.

  • December 11, 2016, 2 – 3 pm

Yoga Classes



Beginning in December, the City of Raleigh Museum will begin offering bi-monthly yoga classes in collaboration with local yoga studios Celestine Yoga & Movement Arts, Blue Lotus and Ashtanga Yoga School of Raleigh.  The classes will vary in style, practice, and technique to showcase the ways in which traditional Indian yoga practices have been molded into a cultural phenomenon here in the United States.

  • Every first and third Saturday of the month from December 2016 to April 2017
  • Contact the museum for more information about the individual classes or instructors.

Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India Food Event


The COR Museum in partnership with two area Triangle restaurants will explore Indian-American cooking in celebration of the Hindu festivals Pongal and Lohri.  Restaurants will offer cuisine celebrating the winter harvest season and chefs will talk about their dishes and how coming to American and American culture has changed their traditional Indian recipes.  James Beard Award nominee chef Meherwan Irani (of Asheville’s famed Chai Pani restaurant) will be keynote speaker.  Cost $30 per person; limited space available.

Capital City Camera Club

Capital City Camera Club

Lobby exhibit opening First Friday December 2, 2016. The exhibit runs through the rest of the month.

DIY Student Show

DIY Student Show

How can Raleigh’s history shape its future development? How can maps reveal invisible connections and alternative perspectives to construct a rich and layered portrait of our city?  What social, political, and physical forces might we leverage to inform Raleigh’s rapid urban metamorphosis? These are some of the questions driving this exhibition of maps that (re)View Raleigh’s historic development to better understand why Raleigh is the city it is today and foster discussion concerning the city it might become in the future. The maps in this exhibition were developed by students at the College of Design at North Carolina State University to incite new conceptions of Raleigh as a physical, social, and experienced city.

Lobby exhibit opening on First Friday February 3, 2017. The exhibit runs through the rest of the month.

Secrets of the Cathedral

Secrets of the Cathedral

Lobby exhibit opening on First Friday January 6, 2017. The exhibit runs through the rest of the month.