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Tours Suspended

The Joel Lane Museum House has suspended tours in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. All hours and operations are subject to change without notice in response to the evolving situation. For more information, click the button below.

Covid-19 Information

Museum Store

​Store hours are currently Wednesday through Friday, 10:00-2:00. Please call 919-833-3431 with any questions or to request curbside service.

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The Birthplace of North Carolina's Capital

Visit the Revolutionary world of early North Carolina!

Explore the beginnings of Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, and the United States—from the colonial era, through the Revolutionary War, into the first years of a new nation. Discover history as it’s rarely taught: compelling human stories, told with accuracy and compassion by costumed docents who personalize each tour for our guests.

Plan a visit to this important historic site, and be transported back in time. Guided tours begin in the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Our Mission

To bring American history to life by providing a rich understanding of regional North Carolina history and the struggles, sacrifices, and achievements of those who lived in Piedmont North Carolina in the 18th century, with particular emphasis on the life and times of Colonel Joel Lane, his family, and enslaved workers.