Explore Durham’s Dining Culture

Did you know that besides the “Bull City” and “City of Medicine,” Durham has also been called the “Tastiest Town in the South” and “America’s Foodiest Small Town?” The Museum of Durham History is thrilled to explore the story of Durham’s restaurants and how community members have interacted in dining spaces in Dining Out in Durham. Opening May 6th, this exhibit will be exploring Durham’s traditional southern cuisine as well as its international flavors. 

One of the major areas of focus will be on the different experiences of Black and White patrons of restaurants throughout the mid-twentieth century at the height of segregation. Following the museum’s mission to share our community’s diverse perspectives, the exhibit will feature oral histories from many long-time residents who have been part of Durham’s changing restaurant culture. The community is encouraged to share memories through a virtual story kiosk to become part of the exhibit.

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