November 2013 Update: Museum Exhibits in the Triangle
Through Jan. 5, 2014
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.
Through Jan. 26, 2014
Freedom Coming, Freedom for All
The second phase of this exhibit features a handwritten copy of the 13th Amendment. After the amendment’s adoption by the U.S. House of Representatives in January 1865, members of Congress, Vice-President Hannibal Hamlin and President Lincoln signed several commemorative copies of the 13th Amendment for the U.S. Sanitary Commission. A secretary provided Lincoln’s signature. The commission sold these signed copies to raise money for sick and wounded Union soldiers. Col. Henri Crandall, the Adjutant General of Rhode Island, owned the copy that is on view. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through March 5, 2014
The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs and Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art
These concurring exhibits celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Romanov imperial family and showcase the hidden treasures of Imperial Russia. The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs features more than 230 objects that exemplify the craftsmanship of artisans under the Romanov tsars, from the reign of Peter the Great to that of Nicholas II. On display are richly ornate table services, a Fabergé gilded silver and shaded cloisonné enamel cigar case, porcelain items, elaborate urns and more. Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art brings together 36 Russian icons dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, during the time of the Romanovs. Tickets for both exhibits are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 7-17 and free for ages 6 and younger. Purchase tickets in the museum store or by calling 919-807-7835. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through March 24, 2014
Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution
The exhibit highlights all 39 species of birds-of-paradise from the dense rainforests of New Guinea and Australia. Visitors see video and photo displays of beautiful and brilliant plumage, bizarre courtship rituals and the amazing power of millions of years of evolution. Other facets of the exhibit highlight maps and diagrams of the birds’ ranges and explain how the country’s environments allowed them to adapt and evolve over time. Legends and folklore about the birds are also shared from past generations of New Guinea natives. $6 adults, $4 ages 3-12 and $5 for students. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-707-9800. (Photo above of King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) courtesy of National Geographic photographer Tim Laman) naturalsciences.org
Through June 14, 2014
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
This exhibit features 12 sculptures by nationally recognized artists. The exhibit is located on Academy Street in downtown Cary and features a downloadable audio tour online. Free. 919-531-2821. caryvisualart.org/programs/ose/2013.
Through Aug. 10, 2014
Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency
This exhibit tells of the political scandal of Watergate, which resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. Visitors follow the twists and turns of the scandal through photographs, video clips and significant artifacts, including a memo and a page from one version of the Nixon administration’s “enemies list,” as well as one of the subpoenas served to President Nixon’s lawyer on July 23, 1973, to obtain recordings of Nixon’s White House conversations. The exhibit also highlights North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin Jr. and many other Tar Heels who played important roles in investigating the scandal. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org