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Arts & Museums
Pope House Museum was once owned by Dr. M.T. Pope who was a prominent African-American citizen of Raleigh, North Carolina. The house was built in 1901 was also an official project of the Save America’s Treasures Program. Pope had installed then cutting-edge gadgets in his house like gas and electric fixtures, running water, a telephone, and a call bell system. This house features on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located at City Market in downtown Raleigh, Artspace offers a unique experience in the visual arts. The large, non-descript building houses a three-story lobby with a contemporary style winding staircase, three exhibition galleries and more than 40 artists at work in open studios. A variety of mediums such as clay, metal, mixed media and paint are used. Lectures, classes for all ages, exhibitions and demonstrations offer plenty to fill an afternoon. General admission is free. Classes and exhibits may carry a fee.
A collective group of unique stores and boutiques, Blake Street Studios is great place to shop in Raleigh. Shop through the various boutiques selling jewelry, handmade natural body products, clothes, furniture, accessories and much more. There are multiple art stores where you can pick up fine art pieces, paintings, photographs and other craft items. It's a great place to pick up a unique gift.
Nickname for brains, get your marbles rolling at the Marbles Kids Museum. Launched in 2007, the museum nurtures a revolutionary concept that aims to inspire kids with the power of play. Innovation is the driving force behind its philosophy and is of significant importance to a child's overall development. Explore the true potential of playtime with an array of interactive exhibits that promise a fun and memorable time with the family. IdeaWorks lets kids use their imagination to build structures and models, while Art Loft gives way to thoughtful creativity. Head to Moneypalooza to imbibe some healthy spending habits, or get your game face on with some sporting action at Power2Play. Don't miss the IMAX experience at the state-of-the-art cinema on floor.
The Raleigh Museum celebrates the history of the Raleigh region, from its early days to its current culture as North Carolina's capital city. There are a number of artifacts in a series of exhibits designed to preserve the past as education for generations to come.
The Contemporary Art Museum or CAM Raleigh is a museum completely dedicated to the contemporary art form. This space brings creative designs and contemporary collections from all over the globe to Raleigh. While it forays into the international art scene, local artists are featured regularly as well, thereby offering visitors a splendid collage of global and regional art. CAM believes in experimenting, and has special educational programs for young students who are given a chance to learn new things and showcase their work. The museum also hosts exhibitions throughout the year, thereby keeping contemporary art alive in the city.
Founded in 1902, this museum is committed to exploring and preserving North Carolina's rich heritage. Among the permanent exhibits is the Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina folk life, and David Marshall "Carbine" Williams, a famous inventor of weapons innovations. There is a variety of changing exhibits available to explore as well. The museum houses a large collection of artifacts that represent agriculture, costumes, furnishings, sports and leisure and more. Admission is free. A great place to take the kids.
Colonel Joel Lane played a key role in North Carolina's transition from county to state and Raleigh's capital city status. Later known as "The Father of Raleigh," he constructed this establishment in the 1760s in a primarily rural location, making it a recipient of admiration. Owned and restored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the manor houses a unique collection of artifacts, paintings and furniture that archetypes 18th-century living. The historic site has accolades aplenty to its credit, and guided tours to the museum attract throngs of locals, tourists, historians and educational organizations. The manicured lawns and verdant gardens make for a serene backdrop.
Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths of its ocean to its rocky mountains. Complete with a 20-foot (6-meter) waterfall, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science has much to offer. See North Carolina as it was, in a re-creation of six prehistoric habitats. This is home to the only Acorcanthosaurus discovered in the world, and Willo, the first dinosaur found with a fossilized heart. The Discovery Room is full of interactive exhibits. Looking for that perfect gift? The Nature Gallery has original nature-themed artwork available. There is a restaurant on site. The general admission is free of charge. There is a cover charge for special exhibits. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. The Discovery Room, Naturalist Center, and Living Conservatory remain closed on Mondays.
Fine custom furniture and contemporary lighting make up the basic offerings here, but there is so much more to see. An exciting visual arts gallery, Accipiter shows and sells the work of more than 500 national artists. Looking for that one-of-a-kind showcase piece? Find it here among unique paintings, glasswork, art furniture, sculptures and more. New art is brought in nearly everyday, so this is a different place every time you visit.
Considered as one of the best attractions of North Carolina, the Ava Gardner Museum walks you through the life of the legendary Hollywood actress. With the exhibit space of 5000 square meters (53820 square feet), this museum showcases various bits from the life of the actress. From her movies to her marriages, the story of Ava Gardner is told to you as witnessed by some of her close friends and family. Exhibiting her movie posters, clothes, jewelery, fine art and portraits donated by Bert Pfeiffer, this museum screens a short biography of the actress featuring information about her life, both personal and professional. A self guided tour of this museum helps you understand the life of one of the glamorous women of Hollywood.
Browse through an assortment of splendid art collections at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The display includes African, ancient and oceanic art in addition to an extraordinary exhibit of Judaic ceremonial art. American paintings by Singleton, Copley, Homer and O'Keefe are on display as well. The venue also hosts various exhibitions, concerts and other live performances.