City of Raleigh Museum
Historical Resources and Museum Program
The City of Raleigh Museum is located on Fayetteville Street, Raleigh's "Main Street" and the center of downtown.
Housed in a historic former hardware store, the museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of North Carolina's capital city while envisioning its future. The museum curates temporary and permanent exhibits about the city's people, places, and resources, maintains a collection of approximately 5,000 artifacts, and offers educational programming and tours. Visit the Friends of CORmuseum website for information on supporting the museum.
220 Fayetteville Street Raleigh, NC 27601 | Get Directions
Site Features & Hours
Sunday: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday through Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Admission is now FREE daily! A recommended donation of $5 for adults can be placed in our donation box in the gift shop.
- Walking Tours of Fayetteville Street (See Events section for details)
- School Programs
- Gift Shop
- Special Events
- Volunteer Program
Opened in 1865, the hardware store thrived and soon outgrew its original building. Completed in 1874, a new building was erected on the same site and was heralded as "the tallest building in east Carolina and Raleigh’s first skyscraper." In 1994, after 120 years downtown, the hardware business was relocated. Three years later, the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and Preservation North Carolina teamed together to acquire and rehabilitate the structure. The City of Raleigh Museum occupies the first and lower levels of the building.
The City of Raleigh Museum's lobby, first floor gallery and lower level classroom are available for functions such as rehearsal dinners, buffet receptions, fundraisers, seminars, and workshops.
- Restrooms and a kitchen are located on the lower level for your convenience
- Furnishings (chairs and tables) are available for a small fee
- Parking is available in the Moore Square and Alexander Square pay parking decks or on-street throughout downtown. Parking is free on weekends.
Lobby/Main Gallery (1st Floor)
Availability dependent upon the Museum's public schedule. An ideal backdrop to events that celebrate important milestones, such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, or civic functions. Gallery can accommodate standing buffet receptions for up to 150 guests.
Classroom (Lower Level)
Provides a comfortable environment for business meetings, seminars or workshops. Classroom can accommodate up to 50 guests.
- Download Rental Packet (contains rates, fees, deposits and space information)
- Download General Information Form
For further information, contact Rental Manager, Nury Castro, to discuss availability of the Museum on your desired date.
Events & Exhibits
Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps, showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh's development through a collection of historic maps. The exhibit looks at maps as more than way finding tools, but as artifacts that reflect the culture of the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city's history.
The COR Museum has partnered with the Latta Foundation to create a new exhibit entitled, Latta's Living Legacy: Rev. Morgan L. Latta and the Latta University. The exhibit tells the story of Morgan Latta, a former slave, who gained his freedom and established an industrial school in Raleigh. On display are artifacts from archaeological excavations conducted at the school site and architectural elements from Latta's home, which burned in 2007.
Retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union Army threw Raleigh into chaos and left it balancing between total destruction and salvation. The City of Raleigh 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 reveal life in Raleigh during the end of the Civil War. The tour will be April 12th at 10am. Tours begin at the COR Museum in the historic Briggs Hardware Building at 220 Fayetteville Street. The tour will last 1.5 hours. Tickets are $20 and limited to 25 people. The tour will coincide with the State Capitol's Civil War living history event. Please call 919-996-2220 for tickets or more information.
As a member you will help revitalize and preserve North Carolina's history. You will also enjoy cross program perks at the City of Raleigh Museum, The Raleigh Trolley, Mordecai Historic Park, Borden, Tucker, and Pope House Museum.
There are many perks:
- Free admission to select site and museum events
- Free admission for select tours
- Free admission to select lectures
- Free admission to Mordecai Historic Park
- Free admission to City of Raleigh Museum
- 10% gift shop discount at Mordecai and City Museum
- 10% discount on all site rentals
- The Raleigh Register Program Newsletter
Complete a membership pledge and return it with your payment to:
Friends of COR Museum
220 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27601