History is like Frankenstein's monster: all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon: for $49, you get the family membership (a $100 value), or for $24, you get the individual membership (a $50 value) to The North Carolina Museum of History on East Edenton Street.
The museum is home to more than 150,000 artifacts that represent six centuries of North Carolina's history. Current exhibits include Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker, featuring what is said to be the nation's largest collection of furniture made by Thomas Day, a man of color who owned and operated one of North Carolina's largest cabinet shops prior to the Civil war, a recreation of Day's parlor and workshop, and talking portraits. The Photography of Lewis Hine showcases a selection of photographs documenting the plight of child workers in the state’s textile mills a century ago. Either membership includes invitations to events such as Museum Day, held March 22 at High Point Country Club, or Frolic at the Museum on April 16, celebrating the newest exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, an artifact-packed chronology covering 20,000 square feet.
Familial fans of southern ancestral beginnings and single-being background buffs alike will delight in the many membership benefits, from museum-shop discounts and special sale days to reduced rates on history-related trips and tours, plus invites to young associates and members-only events complete with Members Only jackets lovingly stitched with diamond encrustations by tar-heeled ghosts.
- The state's long and colorful history comes alive through innovative exhibits and programs in this state-of-the-art facility. It's all here, beginning with the Roanoke Island colonists to the present – Frommer's
- What impressed me the most was the enthusiasm shared by the many friendly docents always nearby willing to share their wealth of knowledge. – George Cox, Helium