January 2013 Update: Family Exhibits in Raleigh and Durham
Through Jan. 4
Scotty McCreery: An "American Idol"
This exhibit case features personal items belonging to the 2011 "American Idol" winner that Scotty McCreery donated to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Items include the black leather jacket, jeans, T-shirt and cross necklace he wore when he sang his final duet, "Live Like You Were Dying," on "American Idol" with country superstar Tim McGraw; the lyrics sheet for the song; the gold record presented to McCreery by Mercury Records for his first album, Clear as Day; and the backstage pass used by McCreery's mother for the "American Idol" final rehearsal and show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Free. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through Jan. 6
Carolina Wonderland Express
This 2,200-square-foot indoor exhibit features model locomotives that chug through a snowy Carolina traversing mountains, crossing bridges and disappearing through tunnels. Trains travel from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Crystal Coast and pass popular destinations such as Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Lighthouse and the Swinging Bridge. $. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. 919-220-5429. lifeandscience.org.
Through Jan. 6
Artist Nuno Gomes' exhibit reconfigures the LP or long-playing microgroove record. Gomes has cut apart old LP covers and fitted the pieces together to create art that is playful, funky and fun. Free. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787. durhamarts.org/exhibits.html.
Through Jan. 13
Eat, Pray, Weave: Ancient Peruvian Art From the Permanent Collection
This exhibition highlights the Nasher Museum's vast collection of Pre-Columbian art, focusing on works from the region that is present-day Peru in the South American Andes. On view for the first time in many years, these objects exemplify the sophisticated material culture that flourished among the Paracas, Nasca, Moche, Chimú and Chancay peoples who pre-dated or ultimately succumbed to the Inca Empire. $. Closed Monday. Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr., Durham. 919-684-5135. nasher.duke.edu.
Through Jan. 13
Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind
This exhibit reveals the true story of how Margaret Mitchell's book became a record-breaking film and showcases authentic memorabilia from the 1939 movie. More than 120 items are on display, including costumes, a script, screen tests, scene props and Vivien Leigh's Academy Award. Free. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org/film.
Through April 13
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world's largest ship of its time, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world's confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. Experience Titanic's fateful maiden voyage and take on the identity of a real passenger onboard Titanic. Explore magnificent re-creations of the ship's interior, discover how the 'unsinkable' ship met its tragic end and view haunting artifacts recovered from the wreck during research and recovery expeditions conducted by RMS Titanic, Inc. $. Order tickets online at naturalsciences.org/titanic or call the box office at 919-707-9950. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St. Raleigh.
Through April 28
Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina
This bilingual exhibit features 51 compelling images, with English and Spanish descriptions, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jose Galvez, whose photographs reveal the diversity and strength of the state's growing Latino community. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through Oct. 27
North Carolina and the Civil War: The Raging Storm, 1863
This exhibit focuses on a tumultuous year marked with intense battles and devastating loss of life. More than 10,000 Tar Heel soldiers were killed or wounded or died from disease in 1863. Artifacts on view include Civil War handguns, battle flags and uniforms, as well as surgical instruments used for amputations. The Raging Storm is part two of the museum's three-part exhibit series, North Carolina and the Civil War: 1861-1865. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.