September Update: Museum Exhibits in the Triangle
Take your family to Triangle-area exhibits that feature the history of bluegrass music, Tar Heel musicians as well as dinosaur sculptures, the Civil War and more topics this September.
Through Sept. 12
Dinosaurs in Motion
This exhibit features 14 magnificent, life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils. Visitors can manipulate each dinosaur via lever-and-pulley systems or remote controls and test their creativity and newfound technological inspiration with hands-on activities that include creating their own sculptures out of recycled material scraps. $. Order tickets online at tickets.naturalsciences.org or call the box office at 919-707-9950. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh.
Through Oct. 27
Turn the Radio On: Carolina Bluegrass
This exhibit features a case in the museum's lobby that highlights the early years of bluegrass music in North Carolina during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and 1940s. Learn about Tar Heel musicians and see instruments that include George Shuffler's 1941 Gibson J-45 guitar and Jim Shumate's fiddle. This exhibit coincides with Raleigh's hosting of the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass convention and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in September. Free. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through Oct. 27
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
This exhibit focuses on the status of North Carolina before the Civil War, events leading up to Lincoln's issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and outcomes of the document in the state and nation. The second phase of this exhibit is presented in two parts. Part one, open through Oct. 6, features original copies of the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the U.S. and nullified the antebellum slave codes. On view is North Carolina's original copy of the 13th Amendment and a letter from U.S. Secretary of State William Seward to Gov. Zebulon Vance about the document. The Amendment is comprised of two folded sheets of paper held together with a ribbon and a seal. The exterior folio is the U.S. Department of State letterhead with Secretary of State Seward's signature certifying it is a true copy. The interior folio has the actual amendment. The document will be displayed closed, showing only the signature and seal page. Part two of the exhibit's second phase, open Oct. 14, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014, will feature a handwritten copy of the 13th Amendment. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Through June 14, 2014
Downtown Cary 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.
Updated Aug. 30 to reflect new closing date for Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.