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Museum of Durham History


500 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 246-9993
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Photo of Sharkera Royster Sharkera Royster
Mar 8, 2016 5

Very educational . Being that I'm born and raised in the city of Durham I knew the history but visually seeing how the city of Durham has changed its clear that this is much needed I encourage everyone to pay a small visit

Photo of Dwayne Worthington Dwayne Worthington
Mar 16, 2020 4

Cute little Museum. Someone you know may be apart of one or more of the exhibits.

Photo of Jimmie Terry Jimmie Terry
Dec 11, 2019 5

One word sums up this cozy, quaint history museum: DOPE. Loved the place so hard, enjoyed the exhibits and was also assisted by some of the finest Curators, Kristi and Nolan. They kept me on my toes with amazing conversation and filled my big head with some legit knowledge. Yo Durham, give these two a raise 💪🏼🇺🇸💯

Photo of Melissa Watson Melissa Watson
Nov 18, 2019 5

What an incredible opportunity to learn about the specific events that have helped to shape Durham's history! This may be Durham's best kept secret!

Photo of Hannah Mingus Hannah Mingus
Oct 7, 2019 5

Great and free way to learn more about durham!

Photo of rui zhang rui zhang
Jun 23, 2019 4

That is a great place.

Photo of Brian Willis Brian Willis
Jul 3, 2019 5

Interesting find. Learning the story’s that make up Durham

Photo of listra mindo listra mindo
Jun 11, 2019 5

It's not like the conventional museum.

Photo of Hilda Nissimi Hilda Nissimi
Mar 19, 2019 3

Very nice and friendly though very small

Photo of Keshi Satterwhite Keshi Satterwhite
May 24, 2019 5

This is a wonderful place!

Photo of Eileen-Margaret Churchill Eileen-Margaret Churchill
Dec 18, 2018 5

A lovely space that is jam packed with information about Durham. I appreciate that it had activities for all age levels, so my toddler could play while my husband and I learned more about our city! The ladies working the desk were very friendly and helpful.

Photo of John Morris John Morris
Oct 31, 2018 3

Great spot. Packed with information. Wonderful history. Three stars because it deserves a far larger building and more historical data and value on civil rights actions, and injustices against minorities in the past. Give us the real history.

Photo of Kenneth Ball Kenneth Ball
Jul 23, 2021 5

Very interesting information well worth spending time there. Well presented.

Photo of Deborah Hughes Deborah Hughes
Jan 27, 2022 5

Small but very informative and a great place to stop if you are just trying to get the lay of the land.

Photo of Celia Topping Celia Topping
Mar 6, 2022 4

Interesting place. Small building. A good place for Durham info and history.

Photo of Y T Y T
Jan 14, 2022 5

For anyone who is interested in Durham, NC's history, I highly recommend visiting this quaint museum. Among my favorite exhibits was the "Faces of Durham," located outside the museum. The exhibit highlights a broad range of contributions including industry and commerce, medicine, and human relations while mapping Durham’s development from a railway stop to a booming tobacco town. Another favorite exhibit of mine was "Look Beyond the Windows." It allows for a 360° panoramic view of some of the most historic buildings in Durham, along with an explanation of each. Despite its small size, the museum was filled with quite fascinating history, and accomplished its goal: to teach people things they may have not ordinarily known. The gentleman there provided additional local history, which made the visit even more special. It made for a nice 2 hour visit as we waited for our daughter to finish work so that we could enjoy a nice family dinner on the town, which has so many fabulous cuisines and eateries you will find it difficult to decide upon just one. :) Admission is FREE. Located at 500 W. Main Street, between Downtown Durham and Brightleaf Square. Website currently states: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm. Parking is ample, with parking for Disabled persons directly adjacent to the museum.

Photo of Isabel McKenzie Isabel McKenzie
Jan 7, 2022 5

This was a small museum and my husband and I viewed everything in 45 minutes. The 2 gentlemen who worked there were very friendly and amazing! They were helpful to answer questions and were more than willing to provide us with additional answers about the area since we were visiting from Florida. We enjoyed the exhibitions and especially the beautiful quilt hung on the wall. We will definitely visit again when we come back to Durham.

Photo of Conor Kelly Conor Kelly
Apr 8, 2022 5

Wonderful in allowing for people to learn more about the history of durham