The City of Raleigh Museum celebrates April as Raleigh History Month with a month-long program of special walking tours and events to celebrate Raleigh’s cultural heritage and encourage the public to explore the city’s numerous historic sites!
History After Hours (Tuesday, April 2 @ 7-8 p.m.) – Did you know there was a wall built around Raleigh during the Civil War? Did you know there’s a quote in all U.S. passports from a famous Raleighite? Are you living in a Red Light District? Want to know more about Raleigh’s colorful past? Discover some of the fun, tragic, and weird stories from the city’s history – from Raleigh’s hidden places to true crimes to unsung heroes. Join the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum for drinks and history – admission $10, complimentary beer & wine will be served (21+).
“Between Heaven and Hell: Raleigh and the End of the Civil War” Walking Tour (Saturday, April 6 @ 10-11 a.m.) – Did you know that Raleigh was almost burned to the ground? Explore the tense days in April 1865 at the end of the Civil War when Raleigh teetered between destruction and salvation in this walking tour. Hear stories of retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union army. Adults $10, Youth 7-17 $4, Children 6 & Under Free.
Oak City Architecture Tour (Saturday, April 13 @ 10–11 a.m.) – Raleigh’s urban landscape is mix of old and new. Discover the city’s downtown architectural secrets in this revealing walking tour. Adults $10, Youth 7-17 $4, Children 6 & Under Free.
Director’s Talk: Behind the Scenes of From Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill (Thursday, April 18 @ 7pm)
Go behind the scenes of the City of Raleigh Museum’s exhibit with the Director, Ernest Dollar. Learn about the stories that inspired the exhibits and some of the mysteries uncovered by the research. For over a year, COR Museum staff researched the history behind Dorothea Dix Hospital in preparation of an exhibit. Join the museum’s director Ernest Dollar as he discusses to process of creating the display and even what the team discovered that didn’t make it into the display. Co-Sponsored with the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum. Drinks included with your ticket. Regular Admission $10Members of the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum $8 (with promotional code).
A Community’s Legacy: African American History Walking Tour (Saturday, April 20 @ 10 – 11 a.m.) – Explore the rich African American history along the streets of downtown. From stories of entrepreneurs, triumphs, and tragedy, you will discover the legacy of the men and women who lived, worked, and help make Raleigh what it is today. Adults $10, Youth 7-17 $4, Children 6 & Under Free.
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