Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Museum Exhibits
President Eisenhower greets troops.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF HISTORY
"The Story of BBQ in N.C."
Opening July 5
Explore the culture of barbecue in North Carolina, from its early history of cooking meats over flames and coals to modern methods. Take a look at the fun rivalry of "east versus west" barbecue that incorporates different bases, sauces and condiments. Free. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. cityofraleighmuseum.org/the-story-of-barbecue-in-n-c.
"Remembering D-Day, 75 Years Later"
Through July 12
This small lobby case exhibit explores North Carolina's role in the D-Day attacks of June 6, 1944—the largest amphibious landing in military history, supported by one of the largest airborne operations—that ultimately led to Germany’s surrender and brought a close to WWII. Visitors can see images, uniforms, maps, and other personal items belonging to the brave soldiers who helped defeat the Nazis and ensure global freedom 75 years ago. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Patrick Dougherty: "Step Right Up"
Through Aug. 31
The Ackland Art Museum has commissioned its first major site-specific, outdoor art installation in nearly 20 years: a “stickwork” by Chapel Hill-based artist Patrick Dougherty entitled "Step Right Up." The large-scale piece—comprised of five individual stickwork sculptures—was constructed entirely of tree saplings and is on view in front of the museum. Free. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. ackland.org.
"150 Faces of Durham"
Through Sept. 3
This exhibit showcases 150 photographs of diverse groups of individuals who impacted the Durham community from 1869 to the present. This exhibit is part of the museum’s programming in honor of the city’s sesquicentennial commemoration. Free. Durham Museum., 500 W. Main St., Durham. museumofdurhamhistory.org.
"The Audubon Experience"
Through Sept. 15
Become immersed with scenes from forests and jungles, mimicking what John James Audubon, an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter, would have experienced in his travels throughout the world. Learn about the naturalist’s life and artistic process in this video room adjacent to the gallery that displays his popular "The Birds of America." Today only about 200 complete sets of The Birds of America exist in the world. The museum’s set, bound in four volumes, was acquired by the State of North Carolina in 1846 and held at the State Library before being transferred to the Museum in 1974. Free. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262. ncartmuseum.org.
photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of art. john james audubon, canvas-backed duck, from "the birds of america," 1827-38, hand-colored aquatint/engraved on paper, 40 x 26 in., north carolina museum of art, transfer from the north carolina state library
"Wildlife in North Carolina"
Through Dec. 31
See winning photos in this annual competition that aims to encourage people to participate in nature photography and to foster greater understanding and appreciation of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places. Free. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. naturalsciences.org.
"One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race"
Through Jan. 5
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this exhibit features artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom, astronaut John Young’s Apollo 16 chronograph, and a training helmet. The interactive exhibit will be featured in the museum’s lobby, and visitors can even take part in a training module to test their ability of following Mission Control’s command. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"QuiltSpeak: Uncovering Women’s Voices Through Quilts"
Through March 8
See quilts designed by women whose voices have been silenced by illiteracy, exhaustion, racial oppression and gender inequity. Attendees will learn how to “speak quilt” through an interactive quilting glossary, become quilt sleuths to uncover what the physical qualities of quilts reveal about their makers, piece patterns together, and share stories about the quilts in their own lives. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of history