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City of Raleigh Museum

Located at 220 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601, the City of Raleigh Museum has a number of changing exhibits focused on Raleigh's history. It's the perfect spot for a date or just a family day out. There are also a number of educational programs and hands-on activities to take part in. For example, the Marbles Kids Museum provides dozens of hands-on exhibits. The museum features an IMAX theater. The exhibits are free to view.


The museum also houses the "we built this" exhibit, a collection of objects that commemorate the city's storied past. The exhibit, which was developed by the Museum's Historic Resources Officer, Jim McCullough, is an interesting one. A number of Raleigh's historic landmarks were built using slave labor. For example, the Briggs Building retains several original features. Among them is the tin ceiling in the museum gallery.


In addition, the museum's "We Built This" exhibit highlights the accomplishments of a number of Black builders and architects in North Carolina. For example, the most famous black architect in Raleigh, Gaston Alonzo Edwards, superintendent the construction of some key buildings in the city. He also worked at Shaw University. The exhibit demonstrates how some of Edwards's students were involved in the construction process.


The museum also features a number of other exhibits. In addition to the "We Built This" exhibit, there is the "National Museum of African American History and Culture" exhibit, which is a collaboration between the city of Raleigh, the state of North Carolina, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibit also features the city's first Black family, which challenged segregated public schools after Brown v. Board.

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The City of Raleigh Museum's "We Built This" exhibit also pays homage to the Bellamy Mansion, which is built on the site of a 19th century plantation. A few of the notable buildings in the mansion include the largest window in the state and the tallest clock in Raleigh. The museum also features the "WBG" or "Wood Burning Generator" sign, which was discovered during the restoration of the mansion. The sign measures 18" tall by 32" wide and is housed on a seven-foot aluminum pole. The museum is open from 10:00 - 4:00 Monday through Saturday and 2:00 - 5:00 Sunday. The museum's website is a great source of information about its exhibits and events. The museum also hosts a variety of family-friendly activities, including "Arts for Kids" and "Family Movie Night." The museum is a fun and educational venue to visit, even if you are not a history buff like us.


In addition to its "We Built This" exhibit, the City of Raleigh Museum also features a number of other exhibits. Some of these include the "The Best of Raleigh," a collection of photographs highlighting the city's most notable buildings and landmarks. The museum is also the proud home of "The North Star," a newspaper founded by Frederick Douglass and a celestial guide for enslaved people seeking freedom in the north.

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