Regarded by many as the birthplace of aviation, North Carolina is packed with historical sites and grand museums. Some of the best of these are only minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, right in the heart of the Triangle. History buffs will love it, and there are plenty of options for kids and families, too.
Our real estate agents know that it's easy to have a fun and educational time in the Raleigh area, no matter if you're visiting or moving in to stay. Let's look at just a few of the many high-quality museums you can explore when you are in the local area this summer:
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest natural history museum in the southeast and features four floors of exhibits, displays, live animals, gift shops, and cafes. You'll want to make time for both the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center!
- North Carolina Museum of History – 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
The collection at the North Carolina Museum of History spans more than 150,000 artifacts and some 14,000 years of North Carolina history. With many dozens of rotating displays at any given time, you can zoom in on whichever era of the state's past most fascinates you.
- North Carolina Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
You could spend the whole day at the North Carolina Museum of Art and still not see everything in more than a dozen galleries. From an initial collection of just 139 objects, it now encompasses a wide range of international artworks.
- CAM Raleigh – 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
CAM Raleigh is the foremost art and design museum in the area and prides itself on an ever-changing experience that truly defies description. Weekly tours start at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Creation Station. A whole fleet of local food trucks visits CAM every First Friday.
- Marbles Kids Museum – 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Brimming with interactive experiences that bring "purposeful play" to kids aged one to 11, Marbles Kids Museum has dozens of things to do – not to mention that kids' museum classic, the giant IMAX screen. The staff will be glad to host your birthday party or other special events!
- City of Raleigh Museum – 220 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27601
The City of Raleigh Museum – also known as the COR Museum – is located in one of the city's oldest structures, the 1874 Briggs Building. Group tours are available with advance notice, and admission is always free. No matter the season, the focus is on the past, present, and future of Raleigh.
- Raleigh Fire Museum – 105 Keeter Center Drive, Raleigh, NC 27601
You'll need to take care to visit the Raleigh Fire Museum, open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 in the afternoon. Tucked within an unassuming spot at the Raleigh Fire Department's Training Center, it features antique fire engines and plenty of vintage department memorabilia.
Contact us to discover more of what Raleigh and the Triangle have to offer.