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Reasons to Love Raleigh: Museums!

Park Avenue Properties - Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Tar Heel state is rich in history, heritage and culture and has a vast collection of museums to showcase these things. Here we count down our top 5 museum's in North Carolina's capital.

#5: Artspace (

From their website -- Artspace inspires creativity by engaging the community in the visual arts process. Artspace is a dynamic studio environment of established and emerging artists and a center for hands-on arts education and nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Artspace is Raleigh’s visual art center for creation and interaction.

#4: Marble Kids Museum (

From their website -- Marbles Kids Museum opened our doors on September 29, 2007 to kids and kids-at-heart! The crowd was wowed when we unveiled our new name and new exhibits after a suspenseful 24-day transformation that followed the merger of Exploris and Playspace. Opening Day was a super sensation. Why Marbles? A wall that wraps around the museum is filled with more than one million marbles that light up at night. And Marbles is a nickname for brains. At Marbles Kids Museum, kids are encouraged to use their marbles - learning new things through imagination, discovery and play.

#3: North Carolina Museum of Art (

From their website -- This is a museum where you can find your own place—either in contemplative spaces or through lively, engaging tours, performing arts, or family workshops. We invite you to create your own captivating experience each time you visit.

#2: Joel Lane Museum House (

From their website -- Visit the "Birthplace of North Carolina's capital city," an award-winning heritage site. Joel Lane built his home in 1769 in what was a very rural part of North Carolina. He is called “The Father of Raleigh” because he facilitated the location of North Carolina’s capital city on his land in 1792. His faithfully-restored plantation manor was once deemed “The Best House for 100 Miles.” A visit to this important historic site will transport you back in time.

#1: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (

From their website -- The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the State’s most visited attraction, the largest institution of its type in the southeast U.S., and was recently adjudicated to be among the top twenty of the nation’s 17,500 museums for outstanding community service.
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