Our Families’ Treasures: Stories from Moore Square Magnet Middle School

Our Families’ Treasures: Stories from Moore Square Magnet Middle School

The City of Raleigh Museum and Moore Square Magnet Middle School 8th grade class will open the newest exhibit Our Families’ Treasures with an opening reception from 6-9pm on April 5th. This exhibit focuses on the important objects that each student has in their life and tells the story of their families. From stories of war, migration, love, and even a look to the future, the 8th grade students at Moore Square will show you how one object can represent an entire story.

April is Raleigh History Month! Join us for special tours and events!

UPDATE: The Oak City Architecture Tour was rescheduled to Saturday, May 4th. Details are at the bottom of the page.

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.

(Saturday, April 6 @ 12pm – 1pm)

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.

(Saturday, April 20 @ 12pm – 1pm)


Oak City Architecture Tour (Saturday, May 4th @ 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.

(Saturday, May 4th @ 12pm – 1pm)


Tickets are selling fast so get yours now!

Raleigh Roasts was a hit! See you next year.

Raleigh Roasts was a hit! See you next year.

The Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum hosted their Second Annual Raleigh Roasts to great success on Saturday, January 26, 2019. As vendors began arriving early that morning, the excitement in the air only grew as adults and children alike began lining Fayetteville Street. Despite the chilly weather, many spoke in eager curiosity as to what selections different vendors would provide.

This year Raleigh Roasts hosted eleven different vendors from around the area including Larry’s Coffee, Dilworth Coffee, Tama Café, Carrol’s Kitchen, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Black & White, Counter Culture, Videri, Slingshot Coffee, Ello Raw, and Pine State Coffee. Vendors brought new treats like coffee soda, kolache rolls, and sparkling tea, as well as coffee culture staples including banana bread, chocolate, and even some superfood snack bites. And there was coffee, lots of coffee! With all the coffee being brewed, museum visitors commented that the museum smelled faintly of coffee for hours after the event ended.

After visitors were welcomed in by The Friends and received their Sir Walter Raleigh Mugs, they were pulled in by the vendors spread around the museum. While visitors waited to sample different items, the museum exhibits helped keep them entertained. But with visitors and vendors spread everywhere, many remarked they would have to come back for a second visit to see all the different exhibits the museum offered. The Dwane Powell, “You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell exhibit was a favorite among the event’s attendees, with many new drawing added to the interactive exhibit.

A great addition to the event was live music provided by Annika Bovender, a talented musician who played host to her cheering section throughout the morning. Bovender played various songs, which only added to the coffee house atmosphere during Raleigh Roasts.

As the event began approaching its completion, visitors and vendors alike were surprised at how quickly the time had passed. Many remarked they could not wait until Raleigh Roasts 2020, and with the success and increased interest, this event will be here to stay.

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 cormuseum@gmail.com.  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.