Exhibits & Events

Friday, January 18, 6PM : Opening Night Reception

We are excited to announce the Opening Night Reception for the New  Permanent Collection Gallery!

The new gallery will officially open on Friday, January 18 at 6PM.

Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. 

Sponsored by Bailey Bee Supply.

Free and open to the public.

Feb 22 & 23: Dead of Winter Walking Tour with Ernest Dollar

 *Tour designed for persons 21 and up. Parental guidance required for children under 16. 

Hillsborough is an old town with many stories. Not all of these  are pleasant. Death has stalked this land for over a thousand years. The  tragic endings for many throughout the town’s past paint a dark  picture. The Orange County Historical Museum invites you to meet these  unfortunate souls. This one-hour walking tour experience brings to life  the true stories of Hillsborough’s dead and life in its shadows.  This adult program is a benefit for  the Orange County Historical Museum. 

Historian Ernest Dollar is your guide along the centuries-old streets and through historic doors. 

Ticket information: Tickets are $25/each. Tours limited to 25 tickets each. You can purchase tickets through this link:

 *The event is discounted to $15.00 for the first 25 OCHM members who sign up.* If you are an OCHM member and would like to receive your discounted ticket , please select the ticket option "OCHM Member Admission"  with the appropriate date and time of the tour that you would like to select. 

February 24, 4PM: Sunday Lecture Series with Dr. Omar Ali

"Understanding Black History as American History"

African  Americans have played an integral role in the creation and development  of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Since 1619  when the first twenty Africans were brought to the shores of the  Chesapeake to the election of the nation’s first black president, black  men and women have contributed to the economic, political, and cultural  growth of the U.S. Much of how U. S. history is taught, however,  marginalizes the African American narrative. This presentation will  engage audiences in an exploration of how “Black History” is “American  History” without glorifying the contributions of men and women of  African descent, yet demonstrating their significance in shaping  America’s narrative.

Omar  H. Ali is an award-winning historian of the African Diaspora, Islam,  and independent political movements. A graduate of the London School of  Economics and Political Science, he received his Ph.D. in History from  Columbia University. Of Peruvian and East Indian background, he brings a  broad, inclusive perspective to his lectures and presentations. He has  been a Fulbright professor of history and anthropology at Universidad  Nacional de Colombia, a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, and  a Library Scholar at Harvard University. He was named the 2016 Carnegie  Foundation North Carolina Professor of the Year.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Free and open to the public.

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. 

Exhibition runs through January 20, 2019

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. 


Exhibition dates: April 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Permanent Gallery Renovation

There are exciting changes coming to the museum! 

The Permanent Gallery is undergoing a renovation with new displays. 

There are special exhibitions in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery so come visit! 

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get renovation updates. 

Sponsored by the Hillsborough Tourism Board.