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Ava Gardner Museum
Ava Gardner Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Raleigh, NC
Museum in Smithfield, NC USA

The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection of scripts, photos, costumes, and personal belongings of screen legend Ava Gardner. Born on Christmas Eve, 1922, seven miles east of Smithfield, Ava starred in more than 59 motion pictures.


Tobacco Farm Life Museum
Tobacco Farm Life Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Raleigh, NC
Museum in Kenly, NC USA

Museum displays of farm life include, a hands-on Children's exhibit, household goods, musical instruments, clothing and agricultural tools. Also tour a restored farmstead, with main house, detached kitchen, smoke house, tobacco barn and pack house.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Old Salem Museums & Gardens Top Attraction!
Museum in Winston-Salem, NC USA

Old Salem is America's most comprehensive history attraction. Our museums: the Historic Town of Salem and MESDA, along with heirloom gardens, engage visitors in an educational & memorable experience about those who lived & worked in the early South.

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Greensboro, NC
Museum in Greensboro, NC USA

This must-see vital piece of history takes you on a journey into American civil rights history with vivid photography, artifacts, video reenactments and interactive galleries. Located in the former F.W. Woolworth retail store at 134 S. Elm St., this must-see vital piece of history takes you on a journey into American civil rights history with vivid photography, artifacts, video reenactments and interactive galleries.

Andy Griffith Museum
Andy Griffith Museum things to do on a rainy day in North Carolina
Museum in MONUT AIRY, NC USA

The largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia. The Andy Griffith Museum's collection includes many items from "The Andy Griffith Show" as well as items from his entire life and career. The collection also includes items donated from other cast members.


Aurora Fossil Museum
Aurora Fossil Museum things to do on a rainy day in North Carolina
Museum in Aurora, NC USA

Science museum with hands-on fossil digging Visit, Explore, Learn, Discover! Visit the Aurora Fossil Museum to learn about life in the past! Our museum offers a variety of fossil exhibits showcasing the ancient marine life that once thrived in the area.

Billy Graham Library
Billy Graham Library things to do on a rainy day in Charlotte, NC
Museum in Charlotte, NC USA

The 40,000-square-foot Billy Graham Library has drawn more than one million visitors from all 50 states and over 80 countries since its 2007 opening.

Birthplace of Pepsi
Birthplace of Pepsi things to do on a rainy day in New Bern, NC
Museum in New Bern, NC USA

Home of Pepsi-Cola On this spot in his pharmacy, Caleb Bradham invented "Brad's Drink," which later he patented as Pepsi-Cola. Today, you can purchase a souvenir or relax and enjoy a Pepsi-Cola at the recreated soda fountain.

Christmas at the Library
Christmas at the Library
Museum in Charlotte, NC USA

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library Christmas at the Library offers an excellent half-day, or all day, option for guests.


Colonial Heritage Center
Colonial Heritage Center things to do on a rainy day in Greensboro, NC
Museum in Greensboro, NC USA

Explore history at your own pace, on your own time. The Colonial Heritage Center interprets the history of backcountry life before, during and after the American Revolution. Take a self-guided tour of Guilford County, North Carolina's colonial past.

High Point Museum
High Point Museum things to do on a rainy day in Winston-Salem, NC
Museum in High Point, NC USA

Where Past and Present Meet The High Point Museum is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community. Our work is guided by our core values of connection, diversity, fun, and innovation.

International Civil Rights Center & Museum
International Civil Rights Center & Museum things to do on a rainy day in Greensboro, NC
Museum in Greensboro, NC USA

Must-see interactive civil rights history Located in the former F.W. Woolworth retail store at 134 S. Elm St., this must-see vital piece of history takes you on a journey into American civil rights history with vivid photography, artifacts, video reenactments and interactive galleries.

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort
North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort things to do on a rainy day in North Carolina
Museum in Beaufort, NC USA

Discover the maritime culture of North Carolina Visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a taste of coastal cultures and maritime history.

Gaston County Museum of Art & History
Gaston County Museum of Art & History things to do on a rainy day in North Carolina
Museum in Dallas, NC USA

1852 Hotel, Textile Exhibit, Carriage House, exhibits In 1852, Daniel Hoffman built an impressive 44-room hotel on Lot #5 on the southeast corner of the Dallas Court Square.

Rankin Museum Of American Heritage
Rankin Museum Of American Heritage things to do on a rainy day in North Carolina
Museum in Ellerbe, NC USA

The Rankin Museum of American and Natural History is recognized for its diverse and unique collections. Our emphasis is on the history and cultures of Early American life; beginning with the Native American occupation and continuing to the present.

Shaw House Properties
Shaw House Properties things to do on a rainy day in Pinehurst-Southern Pines, NC
Museum in Southern Pines, NC USA

A trio of historic museum houses depicting the daily life of early county settlers. The Shaw House (circa 1820's) was built by Charles C. Shaw and later owned by one of his twelve children, Charles Washington Shaw, who became the first mayor of Southern Pines in 1887.


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