The Raleigh City Museum in Downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street in the Brigg’s Hardware Building is relatively easy to walk by without noticing. To my knowledge it is the smallest museum in a city known for museums and recently reopened under new management – the City of Raleigh.

The Raleigh City Museum is the only home for artifacts of the city and its people. It is an educational center using exhibits, lectures and programs to help residents and visitors learn about the diverse aspects of the city’s people, places and events.

Open since 1993 the museum is brief but comprehensive. It gives a good background of the city and has some unique exhibits including this picture of BobG from the 1950’s. It is definitely worth the stop and the nominal admission fee. Plan to take at least an hour to tour – maybe longer – and plan to learn something you didn’t know about the place you call home. Like info on the penguin invasion of the 1960’s – amazing we survived that one.