December 2012 Update: Family Exhibits in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill

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Exhibits for December 2012

Dec. 1-Jan. 2
Gingerbread House Village Display
Admire edible masterpieces entered into the 10th annual Gingerbread House Competition. Winners announced Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. Special activities also available during the Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration. Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. 919-918-2735.

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
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 Dec. 16
Santa Paintings Collection
This exhibit features a festive collection of Santa Claus paintings on loan from Hillsborough resident Nancy Campbell. Nancy's father, Philip G. Metz, completed one painting every year as a family Christmas present. Free. Open Wednesday-Sunday. The Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-7451.

Through December 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.

Through Jan. 4, 2013
Scotty McCreery: An "American Idol"
This exhibit case features personal items of the 2011 "American Idol" winner that Scotty McCreery donated to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Items include the black leather jacket, jeans, T-shirt and cross necklace that he wore when he sang his final duet, "Live Like You Were Dying," on "American Idol" with country superstar Tim McGraw; the lyrics sheet for the song; the gold record presented to McCreery by Mercury Records for his first album, Clear as Day; and the backstage pass used by McCreery's mother for the "American Idol" final rehearsal and show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900.

Through Jan. 6, 2013
Carolina Wonderland Express
This 2,200-square-foot indoor exhibit features model locomotives that chug through a snowy North Carolina, traversing mountains, crossing bridges and disappearing through tunnels. Trains travel from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Crystal Coast and pass popular destinations such as Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Lighthouse and the Swinging Bridge. $3 each for ages 3 and older. Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. 919-220-5429.

Long Play
Artist Nuno Gomes' exhibit reconfigures the LP or 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
Eat, Pray, Weave: Ancient Peruvian Art From the Permanent Collection
This exhibition highlights the Nasher Museum's vast collection of Pre-Columbian art, focusing on works from the region that is present-day Peru in the South American Andes. On view for the first time in many years, these objects exemplify the sophisticated material culture that flourished among the Paracas, Nasca, Moche, Chimú and Chancay peoples who pre-dated or ultimately succumbed to the Inca Empire. $. Closed Monday. Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, 2001 Campus Dr., Durham. 919-684-5135.

Extended Through April 14, 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 13, 2013
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Experience Titanic's fateful maiden voyage and take on the identity of a real passenger on board the ship. 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. $14/adult, $11/child ages 3-12, $8/Friends of the Museum member. Group rates available. Order tickets online at or call the box office at 919-707-9950. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St. Raleigh.

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.

This article was updated on Dec. 26, 2012.

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