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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 Anne Dudenhausen Anne Dudenhausen
Oct 5, 2022 5

nice small museum that tell the story of Durham and historical moments.

Photo of Keith Johnson Keith Johnson
Sep 16, 2022 5

I'm grateful this museum exists. I found because I was looking for resources on the history of Durham. The staff was very friendly. I think the most helpful thing was an electronic timeliness of the city with large pictures.

Photo of James Morgan James Morgan
Sep 8, 2022 5

Really cool mixture of photographs, artifacts and information. I wish there was a way to donate other than cash because I was ready to give but wasn't able to.

Photo of James Morgan James Morgan
Aug 21, 2022 5

Really cool mixture of photographs, artifacts and information. I wish there was a way to donate other than cash because I was ready to give but wasn't able to. Hey Google what's an artifact

Photo of Diana Nowicki Diana Nowicki
Aug 8, 2022 5

Free but encourage donation. Quaint introduction to Durham history with rotating exhibits.

Photo of Conor Kelly Conor Kelly
Apr 8, 2022 5

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

Photo of Celia Topping Celia Topping
Mar 6, 2022 4

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

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 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.