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!

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.