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Written by:  CP Staff
Date: September 10, 2012

Museum exhibits, garden and mansion tours for September 2012

Through Summer 2012
The [R]evolution of Media
This exhibit explores the history of newspaper, radio and television in Raleigh. Free. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Raleigh City Museum, Historic Briggs Building, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-832-3775.

Opens Sept. 19
Executive Mansion and Garden Tours
Experience North Carolina's 120-year-old Executive Mansion, which has housed the state's governors since 1891. Trained docents conduct guided tours of the Victorian-style mansion on Wednesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 14 at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Children's Garden Tours, in which docents lead children through the more than four acres of flower and vegetable gardens, are offered on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. through Oct. 24. $. Call Capital Area Visitor Services at 919-807-7950 to schedule a tour, preferably two weeks in advance. Executive Mansion, 201 N. Blount St., Raleigh.

Through Sept. 21
This exhibit features the works of critically acclaimed North Carolina-based Latino artists Eduardo Lapetina, Gustavo De Los Rios, Jose Manuel Cruz, Luis Ardila, Olid Garcia and Oscar Ortiz, and recognizes the contributions of Hispanic populations in enriching the state and strengthening cultural and economic ties to Latin America and beyond. Free. Closed Mondays. North Carolina Central University Art Museum, 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham. 919-530-6211.

Opens Sept. 29
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world's largest ship of its time, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world's confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. Experience Titanic's fateful maiden voyage and take on the identity of a real passenger onboard Titanic. Explore magnificent re-creations of the ship's interior, discover how the 'unsinkable' ship met its tragic end and view haunting artifacts recovered from the wreck during research and recovery expeditions conducted by RMS Titanic, Inc. $. Order tickets online at or call the box office at 919-707-9950. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St.  Raleigh.

Opens Sept. 29
Sculpture in the Garden
This exhibit features more than 50 inspired works of sculptural art placed amid the garden's native wildflowers. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522.

Through Sept. 30
Our State Dog: North Carolina's Plott Hound
This traveling exhibit from Western Carolina University explores the history and evolution of the Plott hound, a legendary hunting dog and the only dog breed known to have originated in North Carolina. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900.

Through Nov. 25, 2012
Miss North Carolina: Celebrating 75 Years of Memories
This commemorative exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the history of the Miss North Carolina pageant and the 75 women who have served the state, with seven decades' worth of memorabilia displayed. Free. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900.

Through Dec. 7
CowParade North Carolina
This three-month exhibit showcases more than 80 life-size fiberglass cows, custom designed by local artists, to benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital. The cows will stampede the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, Golden Belt and American Tobacco Campus in Durham, Fayetteville Street and North Hills in Raleigh, as well as other outlying pastures in the Triangle. Free. For a complete list of locations, visit

Through Dec. 9, 2012
A Family Legacy: The Burwell's and Women's Education
This exhibit explores the impact of the Burwell family on female education through their original school in Hillsborough, then in Charlotte at the Charlotte Female Institute (now Queens University), and finally Peace Institute (now William Peace University). The exhibit includes biographies, photographs, family letters, school reports and other items related to each school and the family. Free. Open Wednesday-Sunday. The Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-7451.

Through Jan. 6, 2013
Long Play
Artist Nuno Gomes' exhibit reconfigures the LP (aka long-playing microgroove record). Gomes has cut apart old LP covers and fitted the pieces together to create art that is playful, funky and fun. Free. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787.

Through Jan. 13, 2013
Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind
This exhibit reveals the true story of how Margaret Mitchell's book became a record-breaking film and showcases authentic memorabilia from the 1939 movie. More than 120 items are on display, including costumes, a script, screen tests, scene props and Vivien Leigh's Academy Award. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900.

Through April 28, 2013
Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina
This bilingual exhibit features 51 compelling images, with English and Spanish descriptions, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jose Galvez, whose photographs reveal the diversity and strength of the state's growing Latino community. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900.


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