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COR Museum

220 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100

For more than 200 years, North Carolina's capital city had no repository for its historical artifacts, no place to preserve its past, and no institution to educate its citizens and visitors. That all changed in 1993 when the COR Museum (formerly Raleigh City Museum) debuted its first exhibit.

The COR Museum grew out of the dream of local historian Beth Crabtree, and after Beth's death, the vision and perseverance of Mary Cates. The museum operated as non-profit until July 2012, when the City of Raleigh assumed operation control.

As part of its mission to "Preserve Raleigh's Past for the Future," the museum collects and cares for artifacts, curates exhibits, and provides educational programing that highlight and interpret Raleigh's history and heritage.

The COR Museum is an integral part of the community for the services it provides to the general public. As the state capital and as its own municipality, Raleigh has a unique history that is worth recognizing and sharing.


Dennis Lingerfelt

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017
3rd trip to this museum, and there's been something new each time. It's free - donation recommended, but not required. Right down the road from the capitol and on the drag from Fayetteville St. If you're headed to Raleigh, check out the capitol building and region then check out this cool little museum to learn a bit about the history of our capital city!

Mark Vincent

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Great displays rotated often in a historically significant building. Raleigh's first skyscraper! I really enjoy coming by on first Friday to see what guest is in the lobby.

Debbie Allison

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Interesting Raleigh history but nothing new. More interesting is their events.

Don Raleigh

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
It was amazing learning about my families ancestory and lineage. They gave my father and I a special tour and were in shock when they saw our IDs. Thank you to the staff for making it an extra special day.

Nate Larson

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Free! A fair number of typos and editing slips in the interpretives, and most of the exhibits seem to be about the Civil Rights Movement. Very nice staff, decent use of space, reasonable hours.

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