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League of Women Voters Lunch and Learn

Following the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the important work of registering women to vote began. 100 years later, the League of Women Voters(LWV) is still an active, non-partisan political organization that continues to encourage people to become informed and actively participate in government. The Museum of Durham History is… Learn More

Virtual Art Tutorial Event

This year marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote. The Museum of Durham History would like to invite you to celebrate this right to vote and gear up for the upcoming election on Nov. 3 while participating… Learn More

Votes for Suffrage: 100 Years of Women in Durham Politics

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote. The Museum of Durham History would like to say congratulations and commemorate this event by formally announcing our next exhibit Votes for Suffrage: 100 Years of Women… Learn More

4 by 50: Turning Points in Durham History- Part 4

Tuesdays, July 21 & 28 | August 4 &11, 1:00 p.m. The Museum of Durham History and Durham County Library present the final installment of a four-part live web series that captures today’s issues, framed in the context of Durham’s history in 50-year increments. Part four looks at: 2020. Panelists… Learn More

4 by 50: Turning Points in Durham History- Part 3

Tuesdays, July 21 & 28 | August 4 &11, 1:00 p.m. The Museum of Durham History and Durham County Library present the third installment of a four-part live web series that captures today’s issues, framed in the context of Durham’s history in 50-year increments. Part three looks at: 1965—2019 Panelists… Learn More

4 by 50: Turning Points in Durham History- Part 2

Tuesdays, July 21 & 28 | August 4 &11, 1:00 p.m. The Museum of Durham History and Durham County Library present the second installment of a four-part live web series that captures today’s issues, framed in the context of Durham’s history in 50-year increments. Part two looks at: 1918—1964 Panelists… Learn More

4 by 50: Turning Points in Durham History- Part 1

Tuesdays, July 21 & 28 | August 4 &11, 1:00 p.m. The Museum of Durham History and Durham County Library present a four-part live web series that captures today’s issues, framed in the context of Durham’s history in 50-year increments. The four parts will look at: 1. 1869—1917 | 2. 1918—1964… Learn More

POSTPONED: Biking Durham’s Histories: Civil Rights Tour

Join us on a tour of Durham’s civil rights history in honor of the Royal Ice Cream Parlor sit-in anniversary. Stay tuned for more information!… Learn More

CANCELLED: “Growing Together: Voices of Durham’s Central Park Neighborhood” Exhibit Opening

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Museum will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions on upcoming events. Stay tuned for more information. Join us for the opening reception of our “Growing Together: Voices of Durham’s Central Park Neighborhood” exhibit on Friday May 15th from 6-8PM. More… Learn More

POSTPONED: Leading Creative Protests in North Carolina

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Museum will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision on postponing upcoming event. Stay tuned for more information. Join us Friday, May 8th from 6-8PM for a discussion between Clarence Henderson of the Greensboro Woolworth sit-in, Virginia Williams of Durham’s… Learn More

POSTPONED: Durham Civil Rights Walking Tour

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Museum will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision on postponing upcoming event. Stay tuned for more information. As part of the ongoing programming for our A Creative Protest: MLK Comes to Durham exhibit, the Museum of Durham History is partnering with… Learn More

Facebook Live web series: “Vintage Postcards from Durham”

Preservation Durham and The Museum of Durham History are partnering to continue storytelling events during social distancing due to the spread of the coronavirus. On April 2, 9, and 16, at Noon, “street historian” John Schelp will be the guest presenter for a series of Facebook Live virtual presentations. Schelp… Learn More

POSTPONED: Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond

What’s buried under Duke Hospital? Where did Madonna take early dance lessons? Why is Walltown called Walltown? Which famous songwriter was born on a kitchen table behind Monuts? Where was the West Durham airport? Why wasn’t Cameron Indoor Stadium built on Ninth Street? Where was Kevin Costner spotted in his… Learn More

POSTPONED: “Durham A-Z: L is for Lemur” Kid’s Exhibit Opening

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Museum will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision on postponing upcoming event. Stay tuned for more information. Join us on Saturday, March 21 from 1-3PM at the Museum of Durham History for the opening of our newest kid’s exhibit… Learn More

February Third Friday

Join us for Third Friday on February 21 for live music and extended museum hours!… Learn More

“John Harvey Wheeler, Black Banking, and the Economic Struggle for Civil Rights” Book Talk

Join us at the Museum of Durham History on Friday February 7th from 6-8PM for a conversation with Dr. Brandon K. Winford about his recently published book, John Hervey Wheeler, Black Banking, and the Economic Struggle for Civil Rights. Attendees will also have an opportunity to have copies of the… Learn More

A Creative Protest: MLK Comes to Durham

Join us on Friday January 17th from 6-8PM for the opening reception of our “A Creative Protest: MLK Comes to Durham” exhibit. This exhibit will chronicle the civil rights leader’s connection to Durham. Dr. King made several visits to Durham between 1956 and 1964 and gave six speeches, including his… Learn More

Nuevo Espíritu de Durham Closing Reception

Join us on Saturday, January 4th from 5-7PM for the closing reception for our Nuevo Espíritu de Durham exhibit before it closes on January 5th. The exhibit’s lead curator, Rodrigo Dorfman will give a guided gallery talk about collecting stories from the Latino community and developing the exhibit. A Q&A… Learn More

Third Friday December

Join us for Third Friday on December 20th for live music and extended museum hours!… Learn More

Screening of Durham: A Self-Portrait 150

The Museum joins Dr. Steve Channing of Video Dialog Inc. to present the first screening of Durham: A Self-Portrait 150 at the The Carolina Theatre of Durham at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019, and will feature remarks from former mayor, Bill Bell. General admission tickets… Learn More

Durham 150 Closing Ceremony

The Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Presented by Duke University and Duke Health will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 7:30-10 p.m. at DPAC. This will be a culminating event of Durham 150, and will explore the history of Durham through narration, video, live performance and music. The production will recount pivotal… Learn More

DSA Student Showcase: Día de los Muertos Alters

As part of our ongoing programming for the Nuevo Esíritu de Durham exhibit, the Museum will showcase two alters from Durham School of the Arts’ “Fall Art Festival: Día de los Muertos.” Stop by the Museum on Oct.27th from 3-5PM to check out the alters and grab a bite to… Learn More

Sister Cities Pop-Up Exhibit

Join us on Thursday, October 24th from 6-8PM as we welcome a pop-up exhibit from our friends at Sister Cities of Durham. The temporary exhibit (on display Oct. 22-27) features Sister Cities projects over the years, and a world map showing all the international cities that are connected to… Learn More

October Third Friday

Extended museum hours and live entertainment courtesy of Third Friday Durham!… Learn More

So Good Pupusas Food Truck pop-up

We wrap up the final weekend of Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from So Good Pupusas, highlighting their Kickstarter campaign for a second community food truck!… Learn More

Third Friday- September

Extended museum hours and live entertainment courtesy of Third Friday Durham!… Learn More

Nuevo Espíritu de Durham: New Spirit of Durham

Join us on September 13th from 6-8PM for the opening reception of our “Nuevo Espíritu de Durham: New Spirit of Durham” exhibit! This exhibit will examine Durham’s rapidly growing Latino population, its diversity, challenges and triumphs, and its future as a well-established part of the Durham community. Key topics to… Learn More

“Nuevo Espíritu de Durham” exposición

Únase con nosotros el 13 de septiembre de 6-8 PM para la recepción y apertura de nuestra exposición “Nuevo Espíritu de Durham: New Spirit of Durham” “! Esta exhibición examina el rápido crecimiento de la población latina de Durham, su diversidad, desafíos y triunfos, y también su futuro como una… Learn More

Third Friday- August

Extended museum hours and live entertainment courtesy of Third Friday Durham!… Learn More

S.E. Rochelle Exhibit Opening

Join us on Friday, August 9th from 6-8PM for the opening of our final community curated exhibit, S.E. Rochelle.  This exhibit will examine the life of Sidney Edgar “S.E.” Rochelle (1878-1960) who was a veteran, an entrepreneur and motorcycle enthusiast born and raised in Durham, NC. In the early 20th century,… Learn More

“Durham’s Early Jazz and Swing” exhibit opening

Join us on Friday, July 5 from 6-8PM at the Museum of Durham History as we celebrate the opening of our fourth community curated exhibit, Durham’s Early Jazz and Swing. Durham’s vibrant jazz community is as old as jazz itself – Durham’s Early Jazz and Swing will explore the history of… Learn More

Third Friday Live Music

Join us for live music under the Museum’s gazebo and extended hours!… Learn More

“Meeting at the Finish Line: Coaches Walker and Buehler” Exhibit Opening

In the third installment of our community-curated exhibit series, Meeting at the Finish Line: Coaches Walker and Buehler tells the story of track and field coaches Leroy T. Walker (NCCU) and Al Buehler (Duke). This exhibit will highlight the achievements of both coaches at the national and international stages as well… Learn More

Lost to the Loop Walking Tour

Join us on Saturday June 8th for a walking tour of downtown Durham — highlighting how the construction of the Downtown Loop transformed the Central Business District. Learn about the unique architecture that was lost, local businesses that once called downtown home, and explore your Bull City in a new… Learn More

Third Friday Live Music

Join us for live music under the Museum’s gazebo and extended hours!… Learn More

Lost to the Loop: Reshaping Downtown Durham exhibit opening

In the second installment of our community-curated exhibit series, Lost to the Loop: Reshaping Downtown Durham tells the story of Durham’s Downtown Loop – from the historical street grid to the Julian Tarrant plan and the implementation of major changes to the streetscape. This exhibit will feature historic and contemporary pictures to show… Learn More

Community, Kids, and Pioneers

Join us at MoDH on Friday, April 12, from 6pm to 8pm for our Community, Kids, and Pioneers event where we will mark the opening of our Durham 150 exhibit series. Consider this a “pre-party” for the opening celebration at American Tobacco Campus on… Learn More

Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond

Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond Saturday, March 30 at 10AM Meet at Ninth & Green (free) * Why do neighborhoods change so quickly in Durham? * Was wasn’t Duke Chapel built in Walltown Park? * Who was born on a kitchen table behind Monuts, and wrote the… Learn More

Drawing Democracy Pop-Up Exhibit

Join us on Friday March 15th from 6-8PM for the Drawing Democracy pop-up exhibit on the history of gerrymandering in North Carolina. This event is part of our ongoing programming for the Louis Austin and the Carolina Times. The Historians for a Better Future group will be on hand to discuss… Learn More

Author Discussion

Join us on Friday Feb. 15th at 6:00PM as we celebrate Black History Month with programming for our Louis Austin and the Carolina Times exhibit. Dr. Jerry Gershenhorn, author of “Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle,” and Dr. Andre Vann, author of “African Americans… Learn More

photo: Brand Fortner

January 18: Third Friday, 6-8PM

Join us for FREE live music in the Museum and extended hours to explore our exhibits!… Learn More

Louis Austin Exhibit Opening

Join us on December 14th from 6-8PM at the Museum of Durham History for the opening of an exhibit examining the life of Louis E. Austin, editor and publisher of the Carolina Times newspaper from 1927 to his death in 1971. Exhibit curated by Dr. Jerry Gershenhorn, who recently authored the book: Louis… Learn More

Durham During the Great War Closing Event

Please join us as we celebrate the success of our Durham During the Great War exhibit with a closing reception. This event is FREE and open to the public with light refreshments being served. Duke University professor Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith will give a talk on African American service during World War I… Learn More

Durham Art Walk

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive fine arts and crafts event that celebrates the holiday season in downtown Durham! The Holiday Market invites art lovers for a weekend full of art and sunshine including: dazzling examples of local artistic talent, ongoing live music, world-class restaurants, great shopping,… Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music

Join us for FREE live music in the Museum and extended hours to explore our exhibits!… Learn More

Bells Across Durham

At 11am on Sunday, November 11, the Museum is helping to support “Bells Across Durham,” part of a national and international commemoration of the signing of the Armistice ending the First World War. Learn More

Veteran’s Day Weekend Commemoration

Join us at the Museum of Durham History as we commemorate the centennial of the Armistice of World War I and Veteran’s Day weekend with a performance of World War I era patriotic songs as part of programming to support the ongoing exhibit “Durham During the Great War.” A cappella… Learn More

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans History Grove Opening

Sunday, October 28th at 1pm, the MoDH 5th birthday celebration caps off with the dedication of our newest History Grove in the North West Entrance of Forest Hills Park, 1044 W. Forest Hills Blvd. The latest History Grove honors mother, activist, politician, and philanthropist Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, who was also… Learn More

MoDH 5th Birthday Weekend: Saturday Celebration

Please join us as we celebrate our FIFTH Birthday with a weekend full of fun! Saturday, October 27th, we will start the day with different ways to tour Durham’s history. All events are rain or shine. 9:30AM: Preservation Durham will leave from the Museum and lead a walking… Learn More

Still on! MoDH 5th Birthday Weekend: Fireside Chat

Please join us as we celebrate our FIFTH Birthday with a weekend full of fun! Friday, October 26th at 6:30PM we kick-off the occasion with a “Fireside Chat” under the comfort of our gazebo. Emcee John Schelp hosts an evening of local storytellers including the Honorable Bill Bell, Jim… Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music Under the Gazebo!

Join us for FREE live music outside under the gazebo and extended hours to explore our exhibits!… Learn More

“Durham During the Great War” Opening Reception

Please join us on Friday August 17th from 6-8PM at the Museum of Durham History for the opening reception of our newest exhibit “Durham During the Great War,” as we commemorate the centennial of the Armistice of World War I. This event is FREE and open to the public, featuring… Learn More

Building Bridges through Good Faith Closing Event

Friday August 10th from 6:00-8:00PM, the Museum of Durham History will host a closing reception for the Building Bridges through Good Faith exhibit. We are sad to see the end of this exhibit, but are so pleased with its run which was full of great partnerships and programming! Please join us… Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music Under the Gazebo!

Join us for FREE live music outside under the gazebo and extended hours to explore our exhibits!… Learn More

Eid al-Fitr Program

Join us at the Museum of Durham History on Saturday, June 16 at 4PM for a program during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the fast of Ramadan. This program will include a panel discussion about the Muslim and African American Muslim experience, particularly in Durham, and the impact… Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music Under the Gazebo

Join us for FREE live music outside under the gazebo and extended hours to explore our exhibits!… Learn More

biking DURHAM’S hiSTORIES

On Saturday, May 12 from 11AM-1PM the Museum of Durham History is celebrating National Bike Month by leading biking DURHAM’S hiSTORIES, a family-friendly, leisurely tour through downtown Durham. This ride is FREE, but with a $20 donation you will receive a biking DURHAM’S hiSTORIES t-shirt! Tickets are available now on our Eventbrite page! Led by local… Learn More

CANCELLED Durham Voices from the Year of 1968… April and Beyond

  This event has been cancelled, stay tuned for future re-scheduled date. … Learn More

Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center Open House

Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, located on Chapel Hill Street in Durham across from InGold Tire, will host an Open House, Saturday, April 21, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. The event is open to the public and FREE to attend. There will be a short presentation, observation of the Islamic Prayer, followed by… Learn More

Building Bridges through Good Faith- Exhibit Opening

  The Museum of Durham History is collaborating with current and former members of the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center to develop an educational exhibition on one of the oldest Muslim communities in North Carolina. This project will explore the history of Ar-Razzaq and its economic, political, and cultural impact on Durham and the state of North Carolina. The year-long… Learn More

Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond

Guided walking tour by local history lover John Schelp. Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music Under the Gazebo

While you start off your St. Patrick’s Day festivities downtown, make sure to stop by Friday, March 16th for the museum’s extended hours!… Learn More

Love In Durham

One of the Museum of Durham History’s most popular events is back again to celebrate Love In Durham. On Friday February 16th from 6-8PM, stop by the museum to create a decorative Valentine to be put on display in our gallery for all of Durham to see! Bring photos of… Learn More

“The Woman Who Made Snow” Exhibit Opening Event

Opening event for our newest exhibit “The Woman Who Made Snow”, highlighting the historic Snow Building and the woman who made it happen. This event is FREE and open to the public, featuring complimentary refreshments courtesy of Viceroy Durham, live music and an “Art Deco themed” raffle for… Learn More

Cider and Cookies at MoDH

Enjoy FREE hot cider and homemade cookies every day during the holidays! Sip and nibble away while you explore exhibits about the historic Snow Building, Durham Beginnings | 1865-1885 and more!… Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music Inside!

Funk/soul/rock guitarist and songwriter Emily Musolino (also of Dark Water Rising fame) performs under the gazebo inside the MoDH for this month’s Third Friday festivities!… Learn More

DON’T QUIT: The Nello Teer, Sr. Story- exhibit opening reception

DON’T QUIT: The Nello Teer, Sr. Story, set to open September 15th at the Museum. The exhibit will launch with a public reception from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on the 15th, coinciding with the Museum’s regular involvement in Durham’s Third Fridays. Complimentary light refreshments and beverages will be available, and jazz guitarist… Learn More

Share your thoughts at Durham Belt Line Master Plan Visioning Workshop

Hope you plan to come by next Wed. We’ll be at the Workshop recording your thoughts and memories of the Belt Line with our video “Storykiosk”, as well good ol’ fashioned voice recorders. Looking forward to it! Check out the Storykiosk in action:  … Learn More

History of Durham’s Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center

Join us for a look back at the rich history of this local institution. Started in the 1950s, the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center, formerly Muhammad's Mosque #34, is one of the oldest Muslim communities in North Carolina. Naomi Feaste, Community Curator, and Katie Spencer, Curator, Museum of Durham History, will introduce this ongoing research project, and welcome stories about the Ar-Razzaq's development from local members. Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music Under the Gazebo

Join us for FREE live music outside under the gazebo and extended hours to explore our exhibits!… Learn More

Third Friday- Live Music Under The Gazebo!

  Jazz guitarist Ashesh Chatterjee performs outside under the gazebo for July’s Third Friday festivities. Feel inspired by his licks and step inside to see Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz!          … Learn More

Biking Durham’s HiSTORIES- NEW DATE!

The weather wasn’t kind to us, but it gives us a chance to take a ride with Dad! Bring the family on a leisurely ride as we discover some of Durham’s oldest stories. Co-sponsored by Bike Durham. CLICK HERE for more details!… Learn More

Story Quilt Dedication

Local quilters unveil quilt that incorporates stories gathered by MoDH. Learn More

Louis E. Austin History Grove Dedication

Journalist, leader, and social activist Louis E. Austin will be honored at the newest History Grove at Solite Park, located at 4704 Fayetteville Street. Learn More

Art of CLTure- Art of Cool Fest Official Day Party

The Art of CLTure Day Party- FREE Music, food, art, and good vibes Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz exhibit (Inside Museum) A history of Jazz-inspired hip-hop music curated by DHurl Vendors: Hop Fest, Diggers Delight (Records), Remix Vinyl Records Boutique (Records), Amy May Pop Art, Bolla Fresco Soap, MTC… Learn More

Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz exhibit opening party

The Museum of Durham History, in coordination with the Art of Cool Project, will kick off the Art of Cool Festival with an event celebrating a new exhibit that tells Durham’s jazz story. Durham A-Z: J is for Jazz opens with food, beverages, and live performances by two luminaries… Learn More

FREE Neighborhoods Hike- Saturday, April 15 2017

Who is the only person to have a building named after them at both Duke and UNC? Who wrote the song, Tobacco Road, and was “born on a kitchen table” behind Monuts? Where did Madonna take early dance lessons? Find out the answer to these and… Learn More

Third Friday- Live music inside the MoDH

It’s cold out there, but it’s cozy and warm inside where Bluesman Bullfrog Williard McGhee performs for this month’s Third Friday!… Learn More

#loveDURM Photo Contest and Party

The concept is simple: take a photo of what makes you love Durham and post it to social media with the hashtag #loveDURM. This contest will run from January 25th to February 8th, culminating in a #loveDURM party at the Museum of Durham History, 500 W. Main St., on Friday,… Learn More

Third Friday: Live Music Plus Cider & Cookies

Enjoy live music from father/daughter jazz bassists Ben and Gen Palmer, plus our seasonal treat of FREE hot cider and homemade cookies in the cozy warmth of the MoDH! Just a few days remain to see Our Bull City exhibit Finding Each Other in History: Stories from Durham LGBTQ+. Learn More

History Grove Meet-Up

Does your neighborhood have a story to tell? Share it with a History Grove. Meet the Durhamites who made their Groves happen, as we celebrate their hard work and volunteer spirit!… Learn More

Bonscak Machine photo: NC State Archives, General Negative Collection

Durham A-Z: I is for Innovation exhibit opening party

Have you ever had to open a childproof cap or press “control-alt-delete” on your keyboard? Are you familiar with the cochlear implant or Astroturf? These innovations came out of work and research done in Durham. Join us on this Third Friday for the opening party for the latest installment of… Learn More

Finding Each Other in History: Stories from LGBTQ+ Durham- exhibit opening

Finding Each Other in History: Stories from LGBTQ+ Durham features personal narratives that illustrate how LGBTQ people in Durham have a long, but often invisible, history of overcoming adversity to form a community. It blends oral history and displayed artifacts; objects accompany oral history segments shared with visitors via individual… Learn More

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Third Friday: Live Music Under the Gazebo

Blues guitar ace (and junior high student) Nathan Pope plays outside under the MoDH gazebo for this sizzling August Third Friday!… Learn More

Baseball Card Family Day at MoDH

Join us on Saturday, August 13 from 2PM-5:30PM for a pre-Durham Bulls game Family Day.  Come for an afternoon FULL of fun activities: Food Trucks Live Music Beverage Tent “Make Your Own Baseball Card” Photo Booth Outdoor Games “Baseball Story Telling” by the exhibit curator Wool E. Bull himself And… Learn More

Third Friday Under the Gazebo

The MoDH has live entertainment outside under our gazebo every month for Third Friday!… Learn More

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Third Friday- Live Music Under The Gazebo: Steve Fishman

Join us this month as the sun sets and the weather cools off for acoustic/global musician Steve Fishman performs on June 15, 5-8PM https://www.facebook.com/events/240534396333398/… Learn More

Dedication of George and Mary Pyne History Grove

Join us on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 5:30pm to dedicate the newest History Grove honoring George and Mary Pyne. The Morehead Hill Neighborhood has come together to honor these beloved residents and their family’s work in Durham. Where:  Orchard Park 1000 S Duke St. Learn More

Heron History Grove dedication & Senior Center anniversary- June 17

The Museum of Durham History and Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) invite the public to attend a History Grove dedication ceremony on the plaza in front of the DCSL honoring the late Durham County Commissioner Becky Melton Heron, an advocate for resources for senior citizens. From 6pm-8pm the DCSL celebrates… Learn More

Third Friday: “Raleigh Rockers” Under the Gazebo

B-Boy breakdancing at MoDH by Raleigh Rockers under the gazebo 5PM-8PM!  … Learn More

Durham Symphony Ensembles Under the Gazebo

The Durham Symphony celebrates its 40th season with a FREE performance under our gazebo for this Third Friday event. Food trucks, families and an evening of beautiful music! Ensembles include: Flute and Marimba Duo Cello and Flute Duo String Quartet Cello Choi… Learn More

Tobacco Town on Two Wheels- Biking Durham’s History

Following the success of our ride during Bike-A-Bull City 2015, we’ve got an all new ride in store! On May 14, 1-3PM bring the family on a leisurely ride as we discover some of Durham’s oldest stories, once again led by local historian Ernie Dollar.  LEARN MORE!… Learn More

Recording Day w/Audio Under The Stars: Stories of Work & Play

Work it: stories of labor and leisure Drudgery or dream job- how do you make your money? What’s the oddest job you’ve ever taken? What would push you to walk away? At the end of the day, how do you put the world of work behind you? The Museum… Learn More

Official Art of Cool Day Party

Join K97.5’s Mir.I.am as she hosts the official kick-off Day Party for the Art of Cool Festival at the Museum of Durham History on 5/6. Sounds will be provided by Mondell Dellmatic Dublin, with live performances from Will WildFire Lil-bob Doe and… Learn More

Durham Art Walk & Spring Market

Program Alert: the water line work downtown has changed our Durham Art Walk Spring Market plans. Our artists are to be relocated this weekend. We appreciate Durham Arts Council taking good care of them and finding them a new home. We’ll still be… Learn More

Time travel with Extra Terrestrial Projects

Time travel across the Durham landscape with Extra Terrestrial Projects. Learn about the historic flora and fauna of Durham County’s Triassic Basin and meet plants that are well adapted to Durham’s post-wild future. We’ll use a few tools to explore the invisible landscape around us – turning environmental data into light… Learn More

FREE Neighborhood Hike: West Durham, East Campus & Beyond

Sunday, April 17 at 1 PM local history lover John Schelp will narrate along the way. No need to register. Rain or shine. Three-mile loop starts at Ninth & Green, across from White Star Laundry. Hike takes about three hours (but folks can peel off anytime.) Optional post-tour gathering at… Learn More

Durham and the Rise of the Baseball Card Exhibit Opening

The popularity of baseball cards began in Durham? You bet! This exhibit opening party will be a big Third Friday bash, complete with live music under the gazebo by Tea Cup Gin and beverage tents. Of course no baseball event would be complete without hot dogs, courtesy of Joe’s… Learn More

Aaron Moore Pop-Up Exhibit

Eileen Watts Welch and Blake Hill-Saya present photos and artifacts about this Durham doctor, philanthropist, and leader in education. Since this is a Third Friday event, there will also will be music under our gazebo, provided by Counterclockwise String Band dobro player Tad Smith– the perfect complement for this celebration… Learn More

“Love Is On The Air” Listening Party

Kick off your Valentine’s weekend on Friday, Feb. 12th, 6PM-8PM at Love Is On The Air, a listening party and cocktail hour showcasing stories of love (or “Love Notes”) recorded in our Story Room. The stories were recorded in conjunction with Audio Under the Stars from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. Toast… Learn More

Durham Rotary Exhibit Opening

The Rotary Club of Durham’s 100th anniversary is commemorated in this new Our Bull City exhibit. Join us for the opening party on this Third Friday. Learn More

Image courtesy The Associated Press

Caroling Under The Gazebo

What better way to usher in the season than with a little singing? All are welcome to join in as we sing the songs of the season for this very special Third Friday, 6-8PM. No prior choir experience necessary! We’ll also have FREE hot cider and homemade cookies on hand,… Learn More

Cider and Cookies at the Hub

Enjoy FREE hot cider and homemade cookies every day of December (oh, what the heck, let’s start with Small Business Saturday!) during the holiday season. Some cookies use vintage recipes; all are baked with love by volunteers. Historic cookies will feature the Duke Toll House recipe, a longtime… Learn More

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market

  Jewelry Boutique at the Hub Nov. 21 & 22!  For the second year in a row, we transform into a bazaar of handmade jewelry, as local artisans join us as part of the Durham Arts Council’s Art Walk Holiday Market. We are honored to bring back the… Learn More

Third Friday- Buskers Under the Gazebo

The sounds of Third Friday continue even as the air turns chilly! The November installment features Durham-based brother and sister violin duo Elena & Oskar Schulmeister-Antona. This gifted pair are among the youngest buskers ever to perform for Third Friday. Check out these old souls channeling Joplin… Learn More

Biking Durham’s Geography: group ride with Bike Durham

Celebrate biking in Durham as the Museum of Durham History teams up with Bike Durham for “Bike-A-Bull City”! Local historian Ernie Dollar will lead a 2 hour ride of downtown Durham’s historic sights. Learn More

Hayti at the Hub

Stop by to see the latest exhibit in the Durham A-Z series: H is for Hayti. Enjoy food truck refreshments, hear live music, and join a community discussion. Learn More

Train Day Pop-up Exhibit

Railroad historian Tony Reevy and others will display their collections of train artifacts and talk about Durham’s railroad history. Learn More