June Update: Museum Exhibits in the Triangle
Head out to these family-friendly exhibits at museums and other venues across the Triangle.
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 June 17
Well, Here We Aren’t Again
For his first museum exhibition, Ryan Travis Christian spent three weeks on site creating a large-scale wall drawing, sculptures and a floor installation specifically for CAM Raleigh’s Independent Weekly Gallery. Christian works primarily with graphite and ink. His images are constructed using abstract elements, comic utilities and old fashion cartoon iconography. Closed Tuesdays. $. CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-513-0946. camraleigh.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 Aug. 10
Watergate: Political Scandal & the Presidency
This exhibit tells of the political scandal of Watergate, which resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. Visitors follow the twists and turns of the scandal through photographs, video clips and significant artifacts, including a memo and a page from one version of the Nixon administration’s “enemies list,” as well as one of the subpoenas served to President Nixon’s lawyer on July 23, 1973, to obtain recordings of Nixon’s White House conversations. The exhibit also highlights North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin Jr. and many other Tar Heels who played important roles in investigating the scandal. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.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 Sept. 8
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
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.