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The museum houses an incredible collection of scripts, photos, costumes and personal effects of screen legend Ava Gardner, whose grave site is located at nearby Sunset Memorial Gardens. Experience her rise from a local country girl to one of Hollywood's film goddesses, whose friends and co-stars included Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra and Gregory Peck.
325 E. Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577
This research, conservation and education center houses 250 prosimian primates and the largest population of lemurs outside of their native Madagascar. Lemurs Live! Tours year round by appointment only Mon-Sat. No walk-in visitors. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for 60+ and children 3-12. Other tours and interactions include Walking with Lemurs, Behind the Scenes and Painting with Lemurs.
3705 Erwin Rd.
Durham, North Carolina 27705
Stunning light-filled galleries. Lush sculpture gardens. Shimmering reflecting pools. Dozens of new works of art. A reinterpreted collection. The transformation of the N. C. Museum of Art occurred this year with a new 127,000 sq. ft. day lit building for over 5,000 objects spanning antiquity to the present day, and the nation's largest art museum park with large-scale sculptures.
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
The Chapel Hill Museum, located in downtown Chapel Hill, preserves, exhibits and interprets the history and culture of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the surrounding region. There are currently 12 exhibits of different scope and size. The two main exhibit halls feature changing exhibits on about a 6 week to 2 month cycle. It also features a gift shop and a bookstore. Free parking.
523 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
After being closed for renovations, Raleigh's oldest amusement park is now re-opened with a spiffed up carousel house for its 1911 historic Dentzel Carousel, train station with its C.P. Huntington miniature train, concessions building and welcome center. The 66-acre park also houses the Pullen Arts and Aquatic Centers, along with swing, climb and slide, sand and water, and preschool play areas.
520 Ashe Ave.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
Built between 1833 and 1840, this National Historic Landmark is one of the best preserved examples of a civic building in Greek Revival-style architecture. The Capitol building originally housed the governor's office, cabinet offices, legislative chambers, state library and state geologist's office. Admission is free and tour information is available at www.nccapvisit.org.
1 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Explore more than 14,000 years of the state's history in the exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, featuring fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, and an interactive format for all ages. Other exhibits highlight the state's military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Museum Shop features N.C. crafts. Free weekend parking. Call ahead to reserve group tours (10 people or more).
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
The first planetarium to be built on a U.S. college, Morehead features a 68-foot planetarium dome Star Theater, the NASA Digital Theater, exhibits, the UNC Visitor's Center, art galleries, a rose garden and a massive sundial. Its multimedia shows and live star shows are narrated by planetarium staff members. Admission is $7.25 for adults and $6 for children, seniors and students.
250 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
Kidzu Children's Museum is an interactive museum for young children and the adults in their lives, located in University Mall. It offers exceptional hands-on exhibits and weekly programs for young children (0-8 years), as well as other special events. It also features the Laughing Turtle Gift Shop. Admission for adults and children 1 and over, $5.50; children under 11 months, free.
201 S. Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
This 174-acre park features hiking trails, Historic Yates Mill, Wake County's last remaining gristmill and its 20-acre pond. The old water-powered mill (circa 1756) is fully restored and operable and is an outstanding record of the evolution of early industry in the lower Piedmont region of North Carolina. The park is open daily 8am-sunset for hiking, picknicking and fishing. Winter it is open 8am-5pm.
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, North Carolina