Raleigh museum reviews


Located downtown on 5 East Edenton Street, the North Carolina History Museum hosts multiple exhibits. Any sports fan can enjoy the permanent NC Sports Hall of Fame, and political fanatics may indulge in an upcoming panel discussion on Watergate. In The Story of North Carolina, there is a multitude of artifacts, replicas and recreations of objects/buildings relevant to the Tar Heel state. A film and discussion on assumptions of slavery is perfect for anyone interested in the social and economic implications of slavery. Also, for those interested in different cultures, a Lebanese culture festival is scheduled for March 29.

At the Movies: Frost/Nixon

Sunday, March 23, 1 p.m.

Dr. Ben Waterhouse, Assistant Professor of History, UNC–Chapel Hill

This Oscar-nominated film (MPAA rating: R-L) from 2008 stars Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in a dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. Waterhouse will talk after the showing about America’s “crisis of confidence” that followed and how fallout from the scandal affected broader trends in American politics and society during the 1970s.


Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza

Saturday, March 29, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Celebrate Lebanese culture with an outdoor festival of dances, foods, and crafts on Bicentennial Plaza. The day will feature several activities for children, even a scavenger hunt, and opportunities for photos.

All information can be found at http://www.ncdcr.gov/ncmoh/NewsEvents/Calendar.aspx or by calling (919) 807-7850.

NC Art Museum Review:

Located on Blue Ridge Road, the North Carolina Museum of Art houses a wide variety of  art pieces. Ranging from ancient to modern, American to Egyptian, the museum is likely to pique the interest of visitors in one way or another. Outside the museum, avid art admirers can stroll through more than a dozen masterpieces themselves in the 164-acre Museum Park. This outside space is great for high schoolers as it can serve anywhere from a simple and quiet place to relax or picnic, to an ‘artsy’ backdrop for aspiring photographers. Beginning on February 23 and running through the end of August, the museum is hosting Bull City Summer, an exhibit inspired by the movie Bull Durham. Through photography, it follows the 2013 baseball season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Film: Sunset Boulevard

Friday, March 21 – 8pm – East Building, Museum Auditorium

(1950) Written and directed by Billy Wilder. William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim. (110 min.)

A crumbling California palazzo is haunted by a reclusive silent-screen star and her obsequious butler. Joe Gillis, on the lam from the repo man, stumbles in, drawn into a web of egomania, delusion, and desire; a former movie siren’s fate rides on her luxurious 1929 Isotta Fraschini limousine.

Cost is $5 for museum members and students, $7 for all others

Film: Viva la causa—The Story of César Chávez and a Great Movement for Social Justice

Saturday, April 5 – 2:30 pm

César Chávez’s beginnings as a farm worker contributed to his extraordinary role as the leading civil rights activist for Mexican and Latino farm workers. This 40-minute screening, followed by audience discussion, offers an opportunity to connect the civil rights struggle with the forceful works in Estampas de la raza. Register online at http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1799858 or call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923.

Cost is free; ticket from Museum Box Office required. If all tickets are taken, “no-show” seats will be released five minutes after start of program.

All information can be found at http://www.ncartmuseum.org/ or by calling (919) 839-6262


NC Life and Science Museum Review:

Opened in 1946, the Museum of Life and Science features science exhibits for all ages. Inside, visitors can find a butterfly house and exhibits on sound, motion, health and more. Outside, there is Dinosaur Trail–a hiking trail featuring life-size dinosaur replicas–and several different habitats that allow visitors to observe the wildlife that live there. The science museum gives you the opportunity to lose yourself in childhood nostalgia. From the live animals to the chance to touch a 13-foot tornado a day trip to this museum will not be a day wasted.


March 29 10 am – 3 pm

Join the Life & Science Museum for the national nanoscience festival, NanoDays 2014, to  explore the miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces with friends from the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net).

NC Science Festival Signature Event: Meet a Scientist

April 5

Satisfy your scientific curiosity at the Meet a Scientist program!

All information can be found at http://lifeandscience.org/visit/calendar or by calling (919) 220-5429.


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