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Arts & Museums
Duke Homestead State Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark that is transformed into a museum that showcases exhibits and artifacts pertaining to tobacco industry.
This otherwise regular homestead came into prominence owing to the American Civil War. It was at this farm, where Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and Union General William T. Sherman signed the papers pertaining to the surrender of the Confederate troops, thereby ending the fierce Civil War. Now, it is known as the Bennett Place State Historic Site and is open to visitors.
Walk through a tornado, experiment with water pumps and surround yourself in a giant bubble. Watch in wonder as exotic butterflies float by in the Magic Wings Butterfly House and feel a chill go up your spine as you visit with un-caged giant orb spiders. Home to an actual Apollo Command Module and Neil Armstrong's space suit, this museum makes the history of space travel come to life.
With a superb location on the sprawling campus of the Duke University, the Nasher Museum of Art was founded in 1969, and currently boasts a stunning collection of African, Medieval and Renaissance Art as well as other displays. On your way out, stop by their cafe which serves some delicious panini sandwiches, juicy crab cakes, curried chicken and salads, and wash it down with fresh fruit juices, Indian chai or sparkling wine. Check website for a list of upcoming events and exhibitions.
Burwell School, constructed in 1921 by John Berry, was the home of Reverend Robert Burwell and his family. The Reverend's wife Margaret Anna Burwell used her home to run a girls' school from 1837 to 1857, whence the name Burwell School. Following this the building was used as a home for notable residents of Hillsborough. Burwell School has been working as a historic house museum since 1964. The house, with exhibits and regular events, give visitors a glimpse into the Hillsborough citizens' lives during the Civil War era.
This is one of the largest planetariums in the country. The immense domed Star Theater houses a completely automated Zeiss Model VI Star Projector, one of the very few in the world. Shows include "Solar System Adventure," for older students and adults, "Sol & Company" for the youngsters and "Larry, Cat in Space" for the preschool set. Tickets go on sale one half-hour before show time.
Dedicated in 1958 and renovated in the early 1990s, Ackland Art Museum is on the University of North Carolina's campus and features everything from European paintings, contemporary American works, as well as Asian and African art. There really is nearly thousands of works on display. Paintings and sculptures by well-known artists Degas and Pisarro are part of the museum's permanent collection. The museum annually hosts four to six temporary exhibits. In the past, these exhibits have included famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Edvard Munch. Admission is free.
The Kidzu Children's Museum is a hands-on space for kids to explore and learn. This interactive museum offers weekly events, hosts birthday parties, and waives admission fees on Sunday, opening up the fun to all.
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro provides a plethora of events and activities to the area. The ArtsCenter has hosted musical performances, festivals and theater performances on Earl and Rhoda Wynn Theater. The Center's gallery showcases the work of local artists. It also provides a variety of classes to both youths and adults alike. With a dance studio, multipurpose room and theater, ArtsCenter has a full calender that is worth checking out.
Browse through an assortment of splendid art collections at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The display includes African, ancient and oceanic art in addition to an extraordinary exhibit of Judaic ceremonial art. American paintings by Singleton, Copley, Homer and O'Keefe are on display as well. The venue also hosts various exhibitions, concerts and other live performances.
With a collection of around 2500 works of art by 75 artists, ArtSource is a must visit for art lovers and patrons. Specializing in fine art, the gallery hosts theme-based exhibitions and showcases artwork by local talents on a monthly rotation. This ensures that each time you step in, there will always be something new and fresh awaiting you here. Browse through the selection and take home a few eye-catching paintings.
Fine custom furniture and contemporary lighting make up the basic offerings here, but there is so much more to see. An exciting visual arts gallery, Accipiter shows and sells the work of more than 500 national artists. Looking for that one-of-a-kind showcase piece? Find it here among unique paintings, glasswork, art furniture, sculptures and more. New art is brought in nearly everyday, so this is a different place every time you visit.