North Carolina Museum of History
Located at 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601. On Ashe Avenue in downtown Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of History was founded in 1902. Throughout its existence, the museum has acquired more than 150,000 artifacts. Among the collections on display are Egyptian art, Renaissance paintings, Jewish art, African art, and modern photography. The museum also features permanent and seasonal exhibitions. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute.
The museum is open to the public and offers free guided tours. The permanent collection includes over a dozen galleries displaying works of art from around the world. It is also home to one of the largest outdoor art parks in the country. The museum has an extensive store selling items based on its collection. There is also an IMAX theater that features special educational films and blockbusters.
The Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh is an outstanding example of Victorian landscaping and mortuary art. The cemetery is 72 acres and contains over 1,400 Confederate soldiers from the American Civil War. There are several tours of the cemetery. The area has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
The State Capitol building in Raleigh dates back to 1840. The impressive rotunda centerpiece is a great place to take a coffee break. The building is also home to the National Historic Landmark State Capitol. The Museum of Science and Industry underwent a major expansion in 2010 to increase exhibit space.
The museum has one of the finest public art collections in the nation. The museum has over a dozen galleries displaying paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance to contemporary photography. The museum's collection is also home to a large number of Rodin sculptures, which are included in some of its exhibitions. The museum has also hosted major exhibitions of Auguste Rodin and Claude Monet in 2006.
The North Carolina Executive Mansion is the official residence of the Governor of North Carolina. It is a beautiful Victorian-style building constructed from local materials. The mansion has lovely gardens and is home to 28 governors' families. There are free tours of the Mansion.
The Shaw University is the first historically black university in the United States. Henry Martin Tupper, a former Union Army soldier, was the founder of the university. The university has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also the site of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a leading civil rights organization in the 1960s.
The Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church was built in the early 1800s and was one of the first independent congregations of African Americans in Raleigh. In the late 1800s, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope was the only African-American to run for mayor of Raleigh.
The city of Raleigh was not always the capital of the state. The capital was actually located in Fayetteville from 1789 to 1794. In the 18th century, the town of New Bern, which was located on the Neuse River, was the capital. However, Raleigh was not the capital of the state until the year 1894.