Beyond Bollywood Exhibit Programming

Beyond Bollywood Exhibit Programming

Explore India Through Dance

Bollywood dance is synonymous with Indian culture. Discover this dance fusion rooted in Indian classical and folk dances at The City of Raleigh Museum as we welcome a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” Explore this new exhibition then become the interpreter as you learn a creative blend of dance movements and express yourself on a diverse variety of Bollywood songs. This workshop will focus on the different dance style from the regions across India Instructor: Priya Chellani, Indigo Dance Evolution Academy.

February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
•           Age range: Families, 9 years old and up
•           $7.00/ticket
•           Max capacity 20 spots

Yoga Classes

Beginning in December, the City of Raleigh Museum will begin offering bimonthly yoga classes in collaboration with local yoga studios as part of the opening of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit entitledBeyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.  The exhibit is the first national exhibit to celebrate the history and remarkable achievements of Indian Americans in the United States.  Every first and third Saturday of the month from December to April the museum will offer yoga classes, varying 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.

All hour long classes are free and begin at 11 a.m. For more information about individual classes or attending a session, please stop by the City of Raleigh Museum or contact the museum by phone at (919)-996-2220 or via email at

Celestine Yoga & Movement Arts will host classes here on 11/19, 12/17, 2/4, and 4/1. 

Hatha Yoga

This branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures  breathing techniques and meditation  with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility.


This elegant and powerful style of Hatha Yoga seamlessly synchronizes breath and movement. Vinyasa is rooted in the ancient Ashtanga Yoga tradition, and has been practiced and passed down through generations of yogis. The outer experience is one of changing physical shapes; the inner experience is stillness like a meditation in motion.

Blue Lotus will host classes here on 12/3, 2/18, 3/4, and 3/18. 

The classes offered all levels Vinyasa class honoring classical yoga as part of contemporary American culture and community.

Ashtanga Yoga School of Raleigh will host classes here on 1/7 and 1/21. 


Ashtanga yoga is learned in what’s called a “Mysore” class.  The Mysore class is not structured like a typical yoga class; it’s more like receiving a private lesson in a group setting.  You practice amidst other like-minded students who are working at their own level and pace. This is a self-practice format where students practice the Ashtanga series at their own pace with a teacher guiding each student individually. Students move through the series at their own pace allowing the body to open naturally and only working new postures when physically and emotionally ready. Students new to the practice and attending their first Mysore style class will be given a short foundational practice and may stay to observe or are free to leave.


This is a traditionally counted primary series class.  The primary series is the first set of yoga postures, considered most important and foundational, that are taught in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.  This practice helps practitioners deepen focus inward, learn to extend breath, and is meant to help detoxify and purify the body. It is recommended that students have experience with Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga before attending this class.

The Sari: India’s Iconic Dress

Come and learn about 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 changes from region to region in Indian. Visitors can try on a saare and vintage saris will be on display.

Date: December 11
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: COR Museum

Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India Food Event

Date: Saturday January 14, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: COR Museum
Cost: $30

The COR Museum in partnership with Garland and Vimala’s Curryblossum Café will celebrate Indian holidays of  Pongal and Lohri by exploring the history and future of Indian food. Also presenting savory treats and discussing the new direction of Indian food is Chai Pani, James Beard Award nominated chef from Asheville. Each chef will talk about their dishes and how American culture has changed their traditional Indian recipes. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited.

Raleigh’s Forgotten Symbol

city_flagCelebrate Flag Day at the City of Raleigh Museum. Since 1777 Flag Day has been an annual holiday on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag, but did you know the City of Raleigh has a flag? The City of Raleigh is one of approximately 450 cities in the United States to have their own flag. The flag, originally made by Kate Denson in 1899 is now housed in the City of Raleigh Museum collection.

The flag, recently removed from exhibition, is in need of conservation work. Come get a closer look at the flag and enjoy a free lecture. Local Raleigh historian, Joe Mobley, will explore the history of the flag and its role in early 1900s Raleigh. Hear about the flags past conservation and current conservation needs with local textile conservator, Paige Myers, as she discusses the flag and helpful techniques to help preserve your personal heirlooms.

Light refreshments following.

Saturday, June 11th
10am – 11:30am

Time Warp 2016 Auction Preview

The following items and experiences will be auctioned off LIVE!


Four Courses for Four


Enjoy a four-course dinner for four at Laotian Restaurant, Bida Manda!

Durham Night Out Package

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Have dinner with a gift certificate to Basan Bull City Sushi and premium Sake, and then enjoy center orchestra tickets to the 20th Anniversary tour of Rent, VIP parking, and drink tickets!

Umstead Stay-cation

Relax with an overnight stay at The Umstead Hotel & Spa and breakfast for two at their signature restaurant, Herons.

Weekend at Wrightsville Beach Package



Take some time off and pamper yourself for a weekend at the beach! Includes one free night at the beach side Holiday Inn in Wrightsville Beach, NC, a designer bag perfect for the beach from Queen Lane Designs, and a $200 gift card to Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Wide Open Bluegrass Weekend Package



Spend a weekend at Wide Open Bluegrass! This package includes two tickets to Friday and Saturday night’s main stage performances, and access to the VIP tent with free food, beer, wine & specialty cocktails both days. Also, this package includes a free night at Aloft Hotel, so you can make it a weekend getaway!

Bid silently on exclusive packages provided by the following local businesses!






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Time Warp 2016

Buy tickets here! 

Check out the auction items here!

The Friends of City of Raleigh (COR) Museum invite you to save the date of Saturday, April 23, and join us for Time Warp 2016! This year, we will be transported back to Raleigh in the 1950s, so break out your poodle skirts, leather jackets, and polka dots! Join us for an evening of auctions, food, drink, and dancing – all proceeds will support the City of Raleigh Museum’s exhibits and programming. Buy tickets here! 

Live entertainment will be provided by Peter Lamb and the Wolves, and there will be beer from local breweries Trophy Brewing and White Street Brewing!

Keep checking back on this site as the event gets closer for more details about entertainment, food, drink, and auction items!

For additional information or questions, please contact Aubrey Minshew at or 919.996.3775.

Junior Interpreter Program

Do you have a child that loves history? On the first Saturday of every month (excluding June, July, and August) from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm the City of Raleigh’s Historical Resources and Museums Program will hold historically themed workshops for ages 10 – 13. We will engage Raleigh’s young citizens through hands-on experiences, field trips, and volunteering in order to foster an appreciation for local history and inspire active community participation.

The Historical Resources and Museum Program oversees operations and programs at Mordecai Historic Park, the City of Raleigh Museum, the Raleigh Trolley, the Pope House, the Latta House and University Site, the Tucker House, the Borden Building and Stone Circle at Fletcher Park, and the Fred Fletcher Amphitheater. Children will have the opportunity to participate in Raleigh history at all of these sites and more. We cover topics such as Native Americans in Wake County, slavery, and the turn of the century. This will be an ongoing program not meant to be completed in a year, but allows children and families to invest in their local history and take pride in their city.

Junior Interpreter Program

Junior Interpreter Registration

For more information please contact,

Email: Kimberly Floyd
Assistant Director

Civil War Walking Tour

Retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union army threw Raleigh into chaos and left it balancing between total destruction and salvation. The City of Raleigh Museum invites you to explore this rapidly changing world of 1865 through a special walking tour of Downtown Raleigh. Join COR Museum Director, Ernest Dollar, as he uses letters, diaries, and photographs to reveal life in Raleigh during the end of the Civil War. The tour will be April 12 at 10 am. Tours begin at the COR Museum in the historic Briggs Hardware building  at 220 Fayetteville Street. The tour lasts 1.5 hours and tickets are $20 each and limited to 25 people. The tour will coincide with State Capitol’s Civil War living history event.

For more information contact,

Email: Ernest Dollar