Welcome to the City of Raleigh Museum!
The COR Museum seeks to teach the public about the beautiful capital city of North Carolina. Under the management of the Historical Resources and Museums Program (HRMP) of the City of Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department, the COR Museum is dedicated to teaching those who visit about the past, present, and future of Raleigh. We look forward to your visit!.
LATEST MUSEUM NEWS
Time Warp 2013
Time Warp is the annual fundraiser for the COR Museum, that celebrates the City of Raleigh, it’s people and the museum that captures Raleigh’s story. Time Warp 2013 is hosted by the Friends of the COR Museum and is co-chaired by Heather Allen and Lauren Eney. This year, Time Warp also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the COR Museum. All proceeds benefit the programs and exhibits of the museum.
Time Warp 2013 will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 6-10pm at the COR Museum located at 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh NC 27601.
Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening of music, food, and dancing. A Silent and Live Auction will at the heart of the event. Guests will be able to bid on amazing local and national items while celebrating Raleigh’s past, present, and future!
You can participate in the Time Warp annual fundraiser by purchasing tickets, donating items for bid, or providing sponsorship. Tickets are available in advance for $50 to COR Members and $65 for non-museum members. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2013!
Call 919.996.3775 for more information or email email@example.com.
"Between Heaven and Hell: Raleigh and the End of the Civil War"
Retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union army all made Raleigh a city balancing on the edge of destruction and salvation in the final days of America's bloody Civil War. The COR Museum invites you to explore this rapidly changing world of 1865 through a special walking tour of Downtown Raleigh. Join COR Museum Director, Ernest Dollar, as he uses letters, diaries, and photographs to help reveal life in Raleigh at the end of the Civil War.
- Occurs on April 13th, at 10 a.m. which is the 148th celebration of the Union occupation of the city
- Leaves from the Briggs Hardware Building and is limited to twenty people
- Lasts for one hour and tickets are $20.00 each
Sign up for Tour
- Click here for direct registration through the City of Raleigh website:
- For assistance signing up, feel free to call: (919) 996-2220
- For more information contact COR Museum Director, Ernest Dollar
North Central CAC Black History Month Celebrations
The North Central CAC along with the City of Raleigh invite you to attend the following programs honoring Black History and the residents that played significant roles in the lives of African Americans and the community.
Black History Display
February 1, 6:00 - 9:00pm
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Celebrating Community Legacies
February 9, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Tarboro Road Community Center
121 North Tarboro Street
Raleigh, NC 27610
Lunch reception will follow on February 9
Using DNA to Solve Slavery's Mysteries
Join COR Museum director Ernest Dollar as he explores the science of DNA and its potential to unlock the mysteries of African American genealogy and history.
In 2012, Dollar utilized comparative DNA testing to reunite black and white families on the same antebellum plantation. The event will feature discussion on the Dollar’s study and a teleconference with Atlanta resident, Deardra Green-Campbell, who rediscovered her enslaved ancestors through the project.
The event will be held on Feb. 17 at 2 pm in the City of Raleigh Museum located on 220 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, NC. Admission is free and open to the public.
New Flickr Page
The COR Museum has recently opened a new Flickr account to showcase events that occur at the COR Museum as well as some of the local history of downtown Raleigh. At the moment the photographs include the Museum Dedication Celebration, a quick study of the nearby 201 South Salisbury building throughout its history, as well as a few photos from around the museum. While the current photos emerged from our collection, we would love to be able to share any photos you might have of historic, downtown Raleigh. So if you possess any such pictures, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look at these photos and enjoy some of the history of the city and our museum!
Museum Dedication Celebration
In celebration of the museum joining the City's Historical Resources and Museums Program, we will be hosting an official dedication ceremony and reception on Tuesday, October 23rd from 6-7:30PM. Stop by to view the renovated gallery and gift shop, meet museum staff, and enjoy a little bit of Raleigh history!
Prepared by: Public Affairs Department
For more information: Troy Burton, Site Manager, 919-996-4772
October 8, 2012
Raleigh City Museum to Be Officially Dedicated Oct. 23
The Raleigh City Museum will officially become part of the City of Raleigh at the dedication ceremony on October 23 at 6 p.m. in the Briggs Hardware Building, 220 Fayetteville Street.
In June, the Raleigh City Council authorized the City assuming responsibility for day-to-day operations of the museum. The agreement establishes the ongoing relationship between the City and the Raleigh City Museum non-profit organization. The non-profit had operated the museum since its creation in 1993. The agreement provided for the transfer of the exhibits, collections and other assets to the City. The primary continuing function of the non-profit will be as a fundraising partner for the museum.
The museum is operating as a division of the City of Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation Department. The City is funding the operation of the museum.
During the past few months, the museum underwent remodeling to create a new visitor experience. The museum now includes a new lobby area for temporary exhibits, presentations, rentals and programs, and a new gift shop that separates the lobby from the permanent gallery.
The City of Raleigh has hired Ernest Dollar to serve as the director of the Raleigh City Museum. For the previous five years, Mr. Dollar has served as executive director of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.
The Raleigh City Museum’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Monday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and youth. Children age 6 and younger are admitted free of charge.
Burning Coal Theatre Company Presents 'Presidential Mania on Fayetteville Street!'
During this election year, come learn about Raleigh's "presidentially populated past!" Join Burning Coal Theatre Company and the museum for an hour long walking tour of Fayetteville featuring Presidents and other political players that have walked Raleigh's downtown streets.
Performances will be held the weekend of October 26-28th and will start at the entrance of the museum. For tickets and additional information, contact Burning Coal Theatre Company at (919)834-4001.
Jayne Kirkpatrick, Public Affairs Director
Prepared by: Christopher Riley, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
For more information: Troy Burton, Parks and Recreation Department, 919-996-4772
August 29, 2012
Raleigh City Museum to Reopen on September’s ‘First Friday’
The Raleigh City Museum will reopen on Sept. 7, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for the First Friday gallery walk, with the official opening on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Raleigh City Museum is located in the former Brigg’s Hardware Building at 220 Fayetteville Street and is operated by the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department. The museum was temporarily closed on July 1 as a part of the transition from private to City management.
The museum’s new hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The new operating hours represent an increase of 10 public hours per week. The museum held a sneak peak for the August 3 First Friday gallery walk, with approximately 300 persons attending.
Over the last two months the museum has undergone remodeling to create a new visitor experience. The museum now includes a new lobby area for temporary exhibits, presentations, rentals, and programs, a new gift shop that separates the lobby from the permanent gallery, and a few new surprises in the exhibit gallery.
Programs planned for the new Raleigh City Museum include:
-A school-based education program using standard core curricula for 4th and 8th grades with the Raleigh Trolley
-New rental opportunities in the new lobby and gallery
-Special events for all and summer camps for youth
-Member opportunities for cross-program benefits
Two new core exhibits that will open next year as part of the July 4th event. The exhibits are tentatively titled "R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next" which will replace the old static timeline exhibit and "City Lab: Your Space in this Place" that explores why Raleigh is "Raleigh" and what makes the Capital City cool, using City services as technology jump points.