Starring North Carolina! is the first major exhibit about the state’s role in the film industry. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh presents this blockbuster exhibit celebrating North Carolina’s films, television shows, cast members and production crews. The museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Through Sept. 7, 2015, see costumes and props from movies and television shows: Bull Durham, Last of the Mohicans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dawson’s Creek, Sleepy Hollow and dozens more. Learn how the Tar Heel State became one of the nation’s top film and television production locations and home to the largest film studio outside of California ? EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. [MORE]

Ask almost anyone and they can name a movie filmed in North Carolina. Some of us can even point out locations from movies like Arthur Newman, Golf Pro in downtown Raleigh. This exhibit at the North Museum of History runs through the history of movies in this state and shows the state of the industry today. They have some great props and really tell the story of how movies have evolved in a relatively short span of time.

One of my favorite pieces wasn’t from a movie but a movie themed amusement park I have vague recollections of from when I was young. They have memorabilia from the Land of Oz in Banner Elk, NC. What I didn’t know was that a future Star Wars legend visited the park for the ribbon cutting. Very cool coincidence.