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International Civil Rights Museum

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement.


Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center is the Triad’s premier family destination offering three great attractions: an Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.

The Carolina SciQuarium, North Carolina’s first inland aquarium features a variety of water-dependent animals including penguins, sharks, otters, eels, stingrays, a rare fishing cat, an anaconda and fish of all shapes and colors.

Animal Discovery Zoological Park offers visitors more than 12 acres of up-close creature encounters with tigers, meerkats, howler monkeys, lemurs, crocodiles, tortoises, a red panda, farm animals and many more.

In the Museum, visitors can walk among prehistoric dinosaurs and come face-to-face with a roaring 36-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex model, experience hurricane force winds in the Extreme Weather Gallery, take an interactive journey through the human body in HealthQuest, see live snakes in the Herpetarium, and enjoy hands-on learning and interaction in Kids’ Alley and in the touch lab.

Also in the Museum is a state-of-the-art OmniSphere Theater that showcases awe-inspiring, full dome digital, laser and eye-popping 3D shows on a 40-foot dome ceiling.


Greensboro Children’s Museum

The Greensboro Children’s Museum is a wonderland place offering 20 hands-on and interactive exhibits, educational programming and special events year round for children (newborn-10yrs). The Museum provides rich play experiences and a dynamic learning environment for children to explore, discover, learn, create and imagine. It’s where Play is a Smart Adventure! Additionally, the Edible Schoolyard is the first at museum setting in the nation and offers teaching garden where children and their families can learn how to grow healthy food. Admission $8, Seniors (60 and over) $7, FREE under 12 months and members.


Greensboro Historical Museum

Rich history served fresh daily! The Greensboro Historical Museum shares local culture and the city’s significant role in American history, from the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in 1781, to the 1960 Greensboro Sit-Ins, the unforgettable events of September 11, 2001. Twelve galleries also feature an award-winning Voices of a City exhibition, Civil War firearms, First lady Dolley Madison collection, and textile manufacturing. Hands-on interactive and audiovisuals. Museum Shop.




The largest, most hotly-contested battle of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign was fought at the small North Carolina backcountry hamlet of Guilford Courthouse. The battle proved to be the highwater mark of British military operations in the Revolutionary War



This park tells the story of everyday life in the back country of North Carolina during the late eighteenth century. The Colonial Heritage Center, the Historic Buildings and the park grounds offer hands-on exhibits, living history presentations and historic trade programs that paint an engaging portrait of the people, artifacts and activity of Colonial America.


Old Salem is a historic district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It features a living history museum (operated by the non-profit Old Salem Museums & Gardens, organized as Old Salem Inc.) that interprets the restored Moravian community. The non-profit organization began its work in 1950, although some private residents had restored buildings earlier. As the Old Salem Historic District, it was declared a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1966. The district showcases the culture of the Moravian settlement in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries, communal buildings, churches, houses, and shops.  Visit Old Salem during the holiday season for the Old Salem Christmas by Candlelight Tour and Candle Tea.




Located downtown in the Greensboro Cultural Center, this visual arts center/gallery features changing exhibitions by North Carolina artists and a variety of educational programs for children and adults. Fine arts and crafts are for sale in the gift shop, including original works in glass, fiber, and wood, as well as pottery, jewelry, and paintings. Just three miles from O.Henry Hotel.



With six galleries and a sculpture courtyard, Greensboro’s contemporary art museum is nationally recognized for its exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Its outstanding collection of more than 5,000 objects includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs and objects in miscellaneous media. Highlights include the Dillard Collection of Art on Paper and the Cone Collection of prints and bronzes by Henri Matisse. Located 2.5 miles from the O.Henry Hotel.



The NC A&T State University Galleries are comprised of two collections, the H.C. Taylor Art Collection and the Mattye Reed African Heritage Collection. Established in 1956, the H.C. Taylor Collection gallery fearures art that emphases cultures and people from around the world. It includes works by Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Alma Thomas, Charles Alston, Hale Woodruff and Varnette P. Honeywood. The Mattye Reed African Heritage collection consists of more than 6,000 artifacts that include sculptures, masks, figures, musical instruments, textiles and household implements. More than 35 African countries are represented in this collection; among them, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria, as well as Haiti and other countries in the Diaspora. This collection is the southeast’s largest repository on the history and culture of African American life in North Carolina. Located in the historic Dudley Building on the NC A&T State University campus, open Monday-Friday. Located five miles from O.Henry Hotel.