Exhibits & Events

March 24, 4PM: Sunday Lecture Series with Ruth Wyand



Music is both an artistic and cultural product that allows groups and  individuals to communicate identity, history and story. By examining  the musical aesthetics and cultural context of a piece audiences today  can appreciate the experience of both the presenter and moment of  history. In this music history presentation Ruth Wyand will use musical  and cultural analysis to examine the aesthetics and stories that  informed North Carolina’s rich tradition of female musician activists.  Through photographs, narratives and live music, Wyand’s  interdisciplinary presentation demonstrates how the songs and stories of  six North Carolina women embody their efforts to inspire change and  foster greater societal awareness of their causes in both local and  national arenas.

The presentation will highlight traditional female Cherokee and  Lumbee tribal storytellers, union organizer and balladeer Ella May  Wiggins, blues musician Etta Baker, mountain musician Samantha  Bumgarner, and conclude with the jazz great Nina Simone. Wyand will  contextualize the musical and poetic contributions of these women by  sharing a brief overview of their life, struggle and achievement. 

Sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Free and open to the public.

Let's Play! Children's Toys and Games



This exhibit will feature toys and games from local collectors. The museum will display and sell artworks by Barbara Younger; the proceeds will benefit the museum children’s programming. 

The opening night reception for Let's Play! will be April 26th. Free and open to the public.

To coordinate with the exhibit, there will be family-friendly activities throughout the summer and an art activity led by Barbara Younger on October 6th. 

Special Exhibition: Women of Orange


This exhibit explores a small sampling of women from various backgrounds from Orange County and features materials that occupied their worlds. 

 EXTENDED through April 14th.

Free and open to the public.

Special Exhibition: Memories and War: Stereographs of WWI


In honor of the World War I Centennial  and in coordination with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and the Hillsborough Garden Club's Poppy Project, this exhibition shows a group of stereographs from the museum’s collection. 

Warning: many of the images in this exhibition are graphic. 

Currently showing.

Free and open to the public.