This past weekend marked the beginning of African-American History Month and a celebration in its honor prompted me to visit one of my most coveted NC Museum: The North Carolina History Museum. Upon stepping through the door to the main entrance there were festivities everywhere, making my eyes glow like a kid in a candy shop. Now, I may be a little biased because my dad has been the curator for African American History at the Museum for nearly the last decade. However, I believe that most that were there sharing that same glow in their eyes would agree that besides the festival itself, the history museum is one of the most fascinating places to visit. There was everything from cultural dancing and basket weaving to storytelling and Thomas Day model woodworking. The thing about the experience that captured me most was the diverse groups of people that were there celebrating! After watching a few interpretive dances (which I couldn’t get decent pictures of because the crowd was so dense!) I wandered off to find some of my favorite places inside the museum.
First, I visited the Sports Hall of Fame which held some amazing, legendary jerseys from past basketball and football heroes of North Carolina such as Michael Jordan himself. I also went to gaze upon the incredible NASCAR actual race car models that the museum had on display, including the race car Ricky Bobby drove in Talledega Knights (for those who don’t know that is one of a ton of movies filmed in North Carolina).
Lastly, I enjoyed the walk through of the war exhibit which held artifacts from the Civil War all the way up until the Gulf War. This exhibit led all the way up to my favorite part of the whole museum: the Old Time Drug Store. They have replicas of a 1940s and 1950s drug store complete with the ice cream sundae bar and candy selection. They also had some of the same things that drug stores often have today such as make-up and cosmetics as well as the tobacco products and, of course, medicines. I hope many North Carolina natives and people all around get a chance to visit the North Carolina History Museum at least once in their life! You won’t be disappointed!