City of Raleigh Museum

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Basic Information

Address: 220 Fayetteville Street
Phone Number: 919-996-2220
Fax Number: 919-996-7910
Director: Ernest Dollar

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City of Raleigh Museum
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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 1:00pm to 4:00pm

COR Museum educates the public about the beautiful capital city of North Carolina. Under the management of the Historical Resources and Museums Program (HRMP) of the City of Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department, the COR Museum is dedicated to teaching those who visit about the past, present, and future of Raleigh. We look forward to your visit!

Grade Levels:
Group Type: School Groups
Disabled Access:

The entire museum is wheelchair accessible.

Program Type:

The City of Raleigh Museum offers students and teachers the opportunity to experience how the core of our state, the capital city helped forge a greater North Carolina. Through an interactive and hands-on education program, students will see first-hand how Raleigh began, where Raleigh is now, and where we as citizens may go in the future. This program is designed to encourage critical thinking and transcend Raleigh to foster an understanding of all cities, both big and small

Admission/Tickets: Free
Registration: Call ahead for reservations. Two weeks advance notice is encouraged.
Food: There is no food sold at the museum, but many nice picnic areas within a block of the museum including the North Carolina State Capitol grounds.
Length of Visit: Approximately 2 hours.
Student/Staff Ratio: 25/1
Max. Group Number: 75
Group Requirements: Our school group program includes a tour of Fayetteville Street, Raleigh's main downtown area. Visitors are encouraged to check the weather and bring the appropriate jackets, umbrellas, and any other necessary items for questionable weather.
Exhibits: The Museum currently features "Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next," an exhibit featuring the story of North Carolina's capital city from 1792 to the present day. Rotating exhibits include, "Let Us March On: Raleigh's Journey Towards Civil Rights" and "Our War: Raleigh Veterans of WWII."
Gift Shop/Factory Outlet: Yes
Reservations Needed: Yes
Nearby Attractions: The North Carolina State Capitol, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, The North Carolina Museum of History, The State Legislative Building, Marbles Kids Museum, and the North Carolina Museum of Art are all nearby attractions.
Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of North Carolina's capital city while envisioning its future. The Museum curates temporary and permanent exhibits about the city's people, places, and resources, maintains a collection of approximately 5,000 artifacts, and offers educational programming and tours.

Facility History:

The COR Museum is housed in the historic Briggs Hardware Building. Opened in 1865, the hardware store thrived and soon outgrew its original building. Completed in 1874, a new building was erected on the same site and was heralded as "the tallest building in east Carolina and Raleigh's first skyscraper." In 1994, after 120 years downtown, the hardware business was relocated. Three years later, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and Preservation North Carolina teamed together to acquire and rehabilitate the structure. The City of Raleigh Museum occupies the first and lower levels of the building.