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

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Exhibits for November 2012

Through Nov. 14
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 4 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 Nov. 25
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, and displays seven decades’ worth of memorabilia. 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
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 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 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 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. $. 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.

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 13, 2013
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. 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.

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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