Pope House Museum

Historic Resources and Museum Program

Last updated Apr. 17, 2017 - 12:30 pm
  • *The Pope House on Wilmington StreetThe Pope House on Wilmington Street
  • *A glimpse inside the Pope HouseA glimpse inside the Pope House
  • Pope House Museum at night
  • *Dr. Pope during the Spanish American WarDr. Pope during the Spanish American War

The Pope House Museum, built in 1901, is located in downtown Raleigh mere blocks away from the capitol building.


511 South Wilmington Street, 27601| Get Directions
Phone: 919-996-2220

Site Features & Hours


  • Saturday 10am-3pm
  • Tours start at the top of each hour
  • Last tour starts at 2pm

Site Features:

  • Admission is free
  • Tours are guided
  • Original Artifacts
  • Centrally Located in downtown Raleigh


Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope

As the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina, the Pope House offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh’s most intriguing citizens, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, who was the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era.

The house features original furnishings to the family and many historical artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family.

Read more history about:

The Pope Family | The Pope House


The Pope House is not currently available for rentals.

Events & Exhibits

Ongoing: The Pope House Museum is open for regular tours every Saturday as well as for special group tours via appointment by contacting Ernest Dollar.


Volunteers are an essential part of the Historical Resources and Museums Program. If you are interested in volunteering at the Pope House contact Ernest Dollar and visit the HRMP Volunteer Page.


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
You can join the COR Museum Friends Group or the Mordecai Square Association; perks convey to each.


Dr. Pope's sword from the Spanish American War and his sword from the Knights of Pythias brotherhood

Dating to the 1860s, the Pope House Museum Collection totals over 3,000 artifacts which give insight into the life of one of the leading African-American families in Raleigh in the early 1900s. From Dr. Pope's father's freedman papers to his voter registration card to his original doctor's bag from the Spanish-American War, the collection boasts a wide range of material culture.

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