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Arts & Museums
Walk through a tornado, experiment with water pumps and surround yourself in a giant bubble. Watch in wonder as exotic butterflies float by in the Magic Wings Butterfly House and feel a chill go up your spine as you visit with un-caged giant orb spiders. Home to an actual Apollo Command Module and Neil Armstrong's space suit, this museum makes the history of space travel come to life.
Duke Homestead State Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark that is transformed into a museum that showcases exhibits and artifacts pertaining to tobacco industry.
With a superb location on the sprawling campus of the Duke University, the Nasher Museum of Art was founded in 1969, and currently boasts a stunning collection of African, Medieval and Renaissance Art as well as other displays. On your way out, stop by their cafe which serves some delicious panini sandwiches, juicy crab cakes, curried chicken and salads, and wash it down with fresh fruit juices, Indian chai or sparkling wine. Check website for a list of upcoming events and exhibitions.
With a collection of around 2500 works of art by 75 artists, ArtSource is a must visit for art lovers and patrons. Specializing in fine art, the gallery hosts theme-based exhibitions and showcases artwork by local talents on a monthly rotation. This ensures that each time you step in, there will always be something new and fresh awaiting you here. Browse through the selection and take home a few eye-catching paintings.
This otherwise regular homestead came into prominence owing to the American Civil War. It was at this farm, where Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and Union General William T. Sherman signed the papers pertaining to the surrender of the Confederate troops, thereby ending the fierce Civil War. Now, it is known as the Bennett Place State Historic Site and is open to visitors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.