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NC Museum of History Closure Begins in 2024

Published by Carl Hedinger. Last Updated on May 13, 2024.

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NC Museum of History closure will last two to three years, starting in June 2024.

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh recently announced planned long-term closures as “the start of an exciting transformation!” The Smithsonian-affiliated museum will begin renovations after a series of staged closures that start in June 2024.

NC Museum of History Closure Timeline

Here’s a quick timeline of planned closures, starting with the third floor, that includes the NC Sports Hall of Fame:

  • Third-floor Exhibits will close on June 3, 2024
  • First-floor Exhibits and the Museum building will close on October 7, 2024
  • The Museum of NC History Gift Shop will close on December 29, 2024

No specific reopening plans have been announced, though a press release stated that museum renovations will “span two to three years.”

NC Museum of History Closure

Renovation funding was authorized by the NC General Assembly and Governor Roy Cooper.

While the physical museum will be closed, digital resources will remain available to students and educators. Virtual programs and live events will be offered to the public, too.

Interim Director of the NC Museum of History and Division of State History Museums Brad Wilson commented on the renovations, excitedly saying, “We’re embarking on an incredible journey, and what awaits us on the other side is nothing short of extraordinary—reimagined exhibits that will bring North Carolina history to life.”

Visit for updates on the NC Museum of History closure and news about its future reopening.

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In many of our NC travel guides, we’ve mentioned the NC Museum of History and other things to do in Raleigh. We’ve featured the city’s museums, nearby hikes, the best restaurants, and more.

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