April Museum Exhibits in the Triangle

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Exhibits for April 2013

Through April 9
12th Annual Birdhouses on Parade
This event showcases one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted birdhouses and feeders on display. Free. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. 919-918-2715. carolinainn.com.

Through April 13
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 naturalsciences.org/titanic or call the box office at 919-707-9950. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St.  Raleigh. naturalsciences.org

Through April 14
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. Free. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org/film.

Through April 28
Alistair McClymont – Everything we are capable of seeing
British artist Alistair McClymont suggests new ways of experiencing art by making nighttime rainbows, suspending raindrops in mid-air and creating tornadoes with deceptively simple machines. In this exhibit which showcases sculpture, photography and video, McClymont describes these phenomena as artworks in which he tries to capture natural occurrences and evoke a sense of wonder. Closed Tuesdays. $5. CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-513-0946. http://camraleigh.org.

Through April 28
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. ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Through April 30
Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Exhibition
This exhibit features 31 award-winning pictures of wildlife and nature photography as part of the 2012 Wildlife in North Carolina Photo Competition. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-733-7450. naturalsciences.org.

Through May 26
Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum
This exhibit provides a rare glimpse into the spiritual lives and religious customs of medieval Christians. Alabaster reliefs and freestanding figures were displayed in chapels and churches as well as in private homes. Intricately crafted, these 60 works are some of the finest examples of religious sculpture produced in England from the late 14th through the early 16th century. Closed Mondays. Free.  N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919- 839-6262. ncartmuseum.org.

Through June 16
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
This historical seven-page document, one of the most significant in United States history, is on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. President Abraham Lincoln issued and signed the document on Sept. 22, 1862, which ordered that in 100 days the federal government would free all slaves in the states still rebelling against the Union. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Through July 14
With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Journey
This exhibit features art quilts by Sauda Zahra. Free. Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2719. durhamarts.org.

Through July 31
Mrs. Burwell’s Garden
This colorful exhibit showcases the importance of the kitchen, herb and flower gardens in 19th-century America and to Mrs. Burwell during her life in Hillsborough more than 180 years ago. Everyday fruits and vegetables, herbs for perfumes and herbal remedies, and colorful and fragrant flowers are included in the exhibit. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free. The Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-7451. burwellschool.org

Through Sept. 1
Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware
This exhibit celebrates the achievements of North Carolina’s earthenware potters in the 18th and 19th centuries and showcases nearly 200 objects made by Piedmont potters. Among the most masterful items are slipware dishes created by Moravian potters at Salem and Bethabara (in present-day Forsyth County) and pots and jars crafted by potters of European and British descent. Free. North Carolina 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.

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