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Arts & Museums
Pope House Museum was once owned by Dr. M.T. Pope who was a prominent African-American citizen of Raleigh, North Carolina. The house was built in 1901 was also an official project of the Save America’s Treasures Program. Pope had installed then cutting-edge gadgets in his house like gas and electric fixtures, running water, a telephone, and a call bell system. This house features on the National Register of Historic Places.
A collection of antique trains including classic steam and diesel locomotives, as well as other train cars, are on display. Visitors can operate, under professional supervision and by reservation, one of the vintage locomotives to be found at the museum.
The Contemporary Art Museum or CAM Raleigh is a museum completely dedicated to the contemporary art form. This space brings creative designs and contemporary collections from all over the globe to Raleigh. While it forays into the international art scene, local artists are featured regularly as well, thereby offering visitors a splendid collage of global and regional art. CAM believes in experimenting, and has special educational programs for young students who are given a chance to learn new things and showcase their work. The museum also hosts exhibitions throughout the year, thereby keeping contemporary art alive in the city.
Located at City Market in downtown Raleigh, Artspace offers a unique experience in the visual arts. The large, non-descript building houses a three-story lobby with a contemporary style winding staircase, three exhibition galleries and more than 40 artists at work in open studios. A variety of mediums such as clay, metal, mixed media and paint are used. Lectures, classes for all ages, exhibitions and demonstrations offer plenty to fill an afternoon. General admission is free. Classes and exhibits may carry a fee.
A collective group of unique stores and boutiques, Blake Street Studios is great place to shop in Raleigh. Shop through the various boutiques selling jewelry, handmade natural body products, clothes, furniture, accessories and much more. There are multiple art stores where you can pick up fine art pieces, paintings, photographs and other craft items. It's a great place to pick up a unique gift.
As you walk under the awning into this unassuming building, it is impossible to tell what waits inside. This little gallery, located at City Market, displays a diverse collection of artwork. At first glance, it is all contemporary art. But further inspection reveals a mix of contemporary and traditional art, done in a variety of mediums. Paintings and lithographs, sculpture and stained glass are all on display, with new works rotated every six months. For those who want to spice up their décor, the gallery offers corporate and residential consultations.
"A non-profit creativity incubator and gallery that supports and educates emerging, professional and student artists," VAE annually exhibits the work of more than 800 artists in 60 exhibitions and hosts more than 50 educational programs. The gallery is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday and on First Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Raleigh Museum celebrates the history of the Raleigh region, from its early days to its current culture as North Carolina's capital city. There are a number of artifacts in a series of exhibits designed to preserve the past as education for generations to come.
The City of Raleigh Arts Commision hosts this exhibition series at the Raleigh Municipal Building that features works produced or collected by artists living, working, or exhibiting in the region. Each exhibition series lasts approximately two years.
Colonel Joel Lane played a key role in North Carolina's transition from county to state and Raleigh's capital city status. Later known as "The Father of Raleigh," he constructed this establishment in the 1760s in a primarily rural location, making it a recipient of admiration. Owned and restored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the manor houses a unique collection of artifacts, paintings and furniture that archetypes 18th-century living. The historic site has accolades aplenty to its credit, and guided tours to the museum attract throngs of locals, tourists, historians and educational organizations. The manicured lawns and verdant gardens make for a serene backdrop.
Nickname for brains, get your marbles rolling at the Marbles Kids Museum. Launched in 2007, the museum nurtures a revolutionary concept that aims to inspire kids with the power of play. Innovation is the driving force behind its philosophy and is of significant importance to a child's overall development. Explore the true potential of playtime with an array of interactive exhibits that promise a fun and memorable time with the family. IdeaWorks lets kids use their imagination to build structures and models, while Art Loft gives way to thoughtful creativity. Head to Moneypalooza to imbibe some healthy spending habits, or get your game face on with some sporting action at Power2Play. Don't miss the IMAX experience at the state-of-the-art cinema on floor.
Founded in 1902, this museum is committed to exploring and preserving North Carolina's rich heritage. Among the permanent exhibits is the Sports Hall of Fame, North Carolina folk life, and David Marshall "Carbine" Williams, a famous inventor of weapons innovations. There is a variety of changing exhibits available to explore as well. The museum houses a large collection of artifacts that represent agriculture, costumes, furnishings, sports and leisure and more. Admission is free. A great place to take the kids.