Museum Memberships to Downtown Raleigh Residents Affected by Recent Fire
Secretary Susi H. Hamilton of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources last week offered complimentary one-year family memberships to the department’s museums of natural sciences, art and history to the residents of downtown Raleigh apartment and condominium complexes who were impacted by the recent devastating fire at the under-construction Metropolitan building.
“All of these folks are our neighbors,” said Secretary Hamilton, “and they have been continually in our thoughts since the night of this terrifying fire. Art, nature and history museums offer calm and diversionary environments, particularly during times of stress. It is our hope that the residents affected by this event will find some measure of peace and enjoyment by spending time in our museums.”
The approach was inspired by “The Gift of New York” program, which provided complimentary cultural benefits to families affected by the events of 9/11.
The three state museums will also extend invitations to the first responders to The Metropolitan fire, along with their families, to attend the museums’ springtime featured exhibitions as guests of the department.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.