Visit The Pope House

The Pope House

Visit The Pope House

Pope House

Our History

As the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina, the Pope House offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh’s most intriguing citizens, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, who was the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era. The house features original furnishings to the family and many historical artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family.

Read more history about: The Pope Family | The Pope House


  • The Pope House Museum is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Tours are first come, first served. Please call 919-996-2220 for more information.
  • Donations are appreciated.
  • Admission to the museum is free.
  • The museum features original artifacts from the Pope family.
  • The Pope House is not currently available for rentals.


Dating to the 1860s, the Pope House Museum Collection totals over 3,000 artifacts which give insight into the life of one of the leading African-American families in Raleigh in the early 1900s. From Dr. Pope's father's freedman papers to his voter registration card to his original doctor's bag from the Spanish-American War, the collection boasts a wide range of material culture.