Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in a museum after dark? What goes on behind the scenes before the exhibits are on display? How does it all get put together?
The team at Raleigh Moms Blog recently had the exciting opportunity to meet up after hours at COR (City of Raleigh Museum) and it was just as cool as we could have expected. We were fortunate enough to have a private tour by the museum’s Director, Mr. Ernest Dollar.
Ernest walked us through the current exhibits, as well as some of the great activities and programs they have for children at COR. Right now you can see The People’s Politics: Local Democracy in Raleigh, which offers a glimpse into the city’s history of democracy.
R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next is an intriguing exhibit for both adults and children alike, with a glimpse of how Raleigh’s landscape has evolved over the years both naturally and through urban development. The museum mascot, Sammy the Squirrel leads children on an interactive journey through the City of Oaks, learning what the history of the local trees can tell us!
Museum patrons can also walk through COR’s civil rights exhibit, Let Us March On: Raleigh’s Journey Towards Civil Rights. Certainly, with many of the issues that our country currently faces in current events, this exhibit is a powerful reminder of how far we have come and where we still need to go.
One of the exhibits that I enjoyed the most was Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War II Veterans. Did you know that 350,000 women served in the armed forces during World War II? COR actually had the opportunity to meet and interview one of those women, who is local right here in Raleigh! Millie D. Veasey served in the Women’s Army Corps from 1942-1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant, she later went on here locally to serve as the president of the NAACP of Wake County and is a graduate of St. Augustine. What a strong and impressive woman!
We also enjoyed exploring an architectural model and several maps that offer a visual of Raleigh’s growth through history. It was such a neat experience. Did you know that all this was available to our community to view? COR is located at 220 Fayetteville St. and open to the public throughout the week (Tues – Sun).
Their space is available for private party rental and more information regarding booking the museum space can be found here.
Do you think that your kids would enjoy their own special Night At The Museum? Seed Art Share and COR have partnered to offer just the thing! Kids can join Sir Walter Raleigh on a secret museum mission while parents can enjoy a free appetizer from The Busy Bee Cafe! This program has been a hit and the next one is coming up soon! Book your tickets now (they are only $5.25) for A Night at the City of Raleigh Museum on August 19th! Shows are at 5, 6:30, and 8 and include a free appetizer voucher to The Busy Bee Cafe for parents.