The best museums in Raleigh in November 2023

These are the top 5 best museums in Raleigh, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Raleigh? These are the best ones:

  1. North Carolina Museum of Art1

    North Carolina Museum of Art

    Raleigh, NC
    The North Carolina Museum of Art, which was established in 1947, is situated in Raleigh. The museum officially opened its doors to the public on April 6, 1956. This historical establishment has been a significant part of the city's cultural scene for many decades.
  2. North Carolina Museum of History2

    North Carolina Museum of History

    Raleigh, NC
    The North Carolina Museum of History, situated in downtown Raleigh, is a significant historical institution that is affiliated with the Smithsonian Affiliations program. This affiliation allows the museum to share resources and collaborate with the Smithsonian Institution, enhancing the museum's offerings and providing visitors with a rich and diverse experience.
  3. City of Raleigh Museum (cor Museum)3

    City of Raleigh Museum (cor Museum)

    Raleigh, NC
    The City of Raleigh Museum, a local history museum, is situated in the historic Briggs Hardware Building on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. This location not only provides a rich historical context but also offers easy access due to its central location in the city.
  4. Joel Lane Museum House4

    Joel Lane Museum House

    Raleigh, NC
    The Joel Lane House, also known as Wakefield, is a significant historical site in Raleigh, North Carolina. Constructed in 1769, the house has been meticulously restored and now serves as a museum. Visitors can step back in time and explore the oldest dwelling in Wake County, gaining a unique insight into the region's history.
  5. Marbles Kids Museum5

    Marbles Kids Museum

    Raleigh, NC
    Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, in the Moore Square Historic District, Marbles Kids Museum is a nonprofit children's museum. This museum is easily accessible and offers a unique experience for children, making it an ideal destination for families visiting the area.

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