Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Museum Exhibits
See "Picturing Nam: U.S. Military Photography of the Vietman War," a traveling exhibit that features 41 stunning images taken by military photographers stationed in Vietnam to document American Armed Forces activities.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
"Picturing Nam: U.S. Military Photography of the Vietnam War"
Through March 18
On loan from the National Archives, this traveling exhibit features selections from the hundreds of thousands of photographs taken by military photographers stationed in Vietnam to document American Armed Forces activities. The 41 images comprise the photographic themes of landscapes, objects and faces, and give an intimate and ground-up view of the war and those who fought it. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"Beyond Curie: A Celebration of Women in Science"
Opens March 24
This exhibit features 40 women scientists, mathematicians and engineers who have made incredible advances in their fields, but never earned the recognition they deserve. They include all 16 female winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology, and many others. Free. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-707-9950. naturalsciences.org.
"American Red Cross: Healing the Warrior’s Heart through Art"
Through April 1
This powerful exhibit features more than 20 paintings and three sculptures created by U.S. Marines who were wounded while serving. The Marines completed the artwork under the guidance of world-renowned artist Craig Bone as part of an art therapy program for Wounded Warrior Battalion–East, based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through April 30
Enjoy a rare opportunity to view the historic North Carolina 1868 Constitution inside the museum's permanent exhibit, "The Story of North Carolina." The state’s constitution brought about change in post-Civil War North Carolina, most notably granting rights and privileges to emancipated former slaves. It remained as law until the 1972 Constitution took its place.The document is stored in the vault of the State Archives of North Carolina and is rarely on public view due to its fragile nature. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"The Shape of Fashion"
Through May 6
This exhibit showcases 10 different fashionable silhouettes, including six represented by artifacts, that show changing trends of dress from the 1800s to the 1900s. The clothing chosen for this exhibit comes from the museum’s extensive collection of textiles and features ball gowns, afternoon dresses and a few examples of men’s and children’s clothing. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"Mazes and Brain Games"
Through Sept. 3
This family-friendly exhibit features a collection of more than 60 puzzling experiences to inspire exploration and ingenuity. "Mazes and Brain Games" offers mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games. Test your perceptions in the maze of illusions, run a marathon with your fingers on the Finger Mazes, or become a “webmaster” by climbing through an intricate web of ropes without getting tangled in the Web Maze. Readjust your senses and experiment with light, shadow, fluorescence and a music interactive in the black-lit Cosmic Games room. Purchase tickets online. $5/person ages 3 and older, free for museum members. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-707-9950. naturalsciences.org.
"North Carolina and World War I"
Through Jan. 6, 2019
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