Upon the governor’s announcement a few weeks back, many things we have been missing were able to finally return. Sure, maybe in a smaller capacity for the time being, but the entertainment and culture synonymous with Raleigh is a welcome return. Thus, your decision to move to a new home in Knightdale…at the Station, puts you in a prime location to enjoy this culture. In addition, you also can bask in the history of the area and the state just minutes from the Knightdale Station neighborhood. All of these things await you and your family for a fun-filled, yet educational day at the Raleigh NC Museums.
While there are seemingly countless museums to see in the Raleigh and surrounding areas, we will focus this post on four popular ones in particular. Each of these represents the statewide history or some type of art or culture and its relevance across North Carolina. None of these Raleigh NC Museums are too far from your new home in Knightdale, so we hope you will take advantage of their re-opening, (at 50 percent capacity, with proper social distancing guidelines) have some fun, and learn a thing or two along the way.
Raleigh NC Museums: Feel and Relive the History
Out of the three Raleigh NC Museums we will detail in this post, the first focuses on history. While one of the two gives the history of the state’s railways, the other covers the entire spectrum of the “Tar Heel State” for the past 14,000 years.
The North Carolina Museum of History
Located right in the heart of downtown, the NC Museum of History is first of our “must-see” Raleigh NC Museums. There are astounding 150,000-plus artifacts to marvel at in this first of the Raleigh NC Museums. Likewise, over 14,000 years’ worth of North Carolina heritage, pride, and history is awaiting your arrival.
From Blackbeard the pirate to the Wright Brothers “Flyer,” to a special section just for the kids. This is the ultimate among Raleigh NC Museums for those interested in the rich past of this state. There is even a “museum in a museum” of sorts here, as the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame features items from Richard Petty, Coach “K,” and countless UNC Tarheel greats just to name a few.
The North Carolina Museum of History is only 20 minutes from your new home at Knightdale Station according to Google Maps. (10.6 miles) The physical address is 5 East Edenton Street.
From Antique to Modern Day: the North Carolina Museum of Art will Amaze You
We began this post with usage of the word culture. Well, when. you list the Raleigh NC Museums in any fashion, regardless of which you speak of, when culture comes up, this museum is “must-discuss.”
The North Carolina Museum of Art
To call this next of our feature Raleigh NC Museums just a “museum” almost seems unfair. But that being said, and to avoid unnecessary confusion we will just tell you of all its other amazing features, while still calling it by name. The North Carolina Museum of Art is made up of two buildings actually. The original, “East” building with educational programs and exhibits that rotate throughout the year is one. While the second building, the more recently completed “West” building showcases amazing pieces and works of art from across the entire world and from all periods in time.
On top of these two buildings, which makes this entrant unique among our Raleigh NC Museums is a pair of outdoor attractions. First of these, is Ann and Jim Goodnight Park, with 164-acres of trails and public art monuments that must truly be seen. The second outdoor feature is the Museum’s amphitheater. This is the largest live music concert venue at any art museum in the entire country. Consequently, most summer’s, you can find nationally renowned bands, singers, and artists thrilling the Raleigh crowd with their live musical performances.
The North Carolina Museum of Art is only 23 minutes from your new home at Knightdale Station according to Google Maps. (16.3 miles) The physical address is 2110 Blue Ridge Road.
Our Final of Three Raleigh NC Museums is the Largest Natural History Museum in the Southeast!
Two down and one to go in our “tour” of the Raleigh NC Museums we are covering in this post. The third and final entry of our Raleigh NC Museums, as we note above is the largest of its type in the whole Southeast. It is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This museum is iconic in Raleigh for its building with the huge globe out front as well as for the wonders that lie within.
The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is four floors of incredible exhibits with both the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center both being huge favorites. This is not just the most visited of our three Raleigh NC Museums. It is the most visited museum in the entire state of North Carolina. Consequently, to put in perspective the high regard this museum is held in, it is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is only 20 minutes from your new home at Knightdale Station according to Google Maps. (16.3 miles) The physical address is 2110 Blue Ridge Road.
Enjoy the History of Our State at Raleigh NC Museums, and Barely Leave Home
All three of these fantastic attractions are less than 17 miles away from the Knightdale Station new home neighborhood. Your new home in Knightdale still affords you the tight-knit, small-town community feel of your new neighborhood. Likewise, you are just minutes from some of the most amazing places statewide, like these Raleigh NC Museums.
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