Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Museum Exhibits
Explore the intricacies of the human body in "OUR BODY: The Universe Within" exhibit at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh.
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"The Green Book Lobby Case"
Through March 31
This powerful lobby case exhibit features a 1959 issue of “The Negro Travelers' Green Book: The Guide to Travel and Vacations,” also known as "The Green Book." Started by Victor Hugo Green, a New York City-based postal carrier, this annual travel guide helped African-Americans navigate segregation by pointing travelers to businesses that would serve them. “The Green Book” was published from 1936 to 1966, during the Jim Crow-era of legal racial segregation. It primarily listed locations within the United States. However, several editions included places in other countries such as Canada, Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, France and Nigeria. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"OUR BODY: The Universe Within"
Through March 31
This educational exhibit reveals the inner workings of the human body. It showcases anatomical displays, preserved bodies and reproductions of historical anatomical artwork. It also contains four touch specimens and is suitable for all ages; an adult must accompany children under the age of 12. Purchase tickets online, $15-$17, at ourbodyraleigh.com. Triangle Town Center, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd., Raleigh.
PHOTO COURTESY OF "OUR BODY: The Universe within"
"One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race"
Opens April 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.
Through April 28
Discover objects that illustrate the richness of North Carolina's cultural heritage, including a 1910–1911 woman’s athletic blouse, a 1972 Soap Box Derby racer, a Revolutionary War sword, a Muslim prayer rug, a carved shell, a set of segregation-era bathroom doors, a hand-painted folk-art bench, and a pair of ballet slippers. Rotating installations feature seldom-seen objects from the museum's collections and highlight some of the unique stories curators glean from them. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"The North Carolina Roots of Ernie Barnes"
Through May 27
View the unpublished, original paintings of Ernie Barnes, a professional artist who was born and raised in Durham. Barnes played professional football for five years, retiring at age 27 to pursue art. His unique style presents the figures in his paintings as colorful, elongated and seeming as though are in motion. He is known in pop culture for his art in the closing credits on the 1970's television series "Good Times," as well as the iconic dance scene that appeared on a Marvin Gaye album cover. His painting, "The Sugar Shack," was inspired by an actual dance at the Durham Armory. Artifacts from Barnes' life are also on display in the exhibit, which runs through March 3, 2019. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
IMAGE COURTESY OF COPYRIGHT ERNIE BARNES FAMILY TRUST
"North Carolina and World War I"
Through May 27
This exhibit, covering more than 6,500 square feet of gallery space, showcases North Carolina during World War I. See a reproduction field hospital, floor-to-ceiling murals, historic film footage, interactive video and more than 500 artifacts. Visitors can wind their way through a life-size trench system—complete with eight-foot-high, mud-plastered walls; hundreds of sandbags; and the lights and sounds of battle. The stories of numerous Tar Heel soldiers are distributed throughout the exhibit and include a special showcase of the African American 92nd Division. Discover these North Carolina connections to the Great War, and see firsthand how battle affected the state abroad and at home. 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
"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