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Regular Tour times:

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday tours take place at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm.

On Saturday tours are at 1 pm, 2 pm, & 3 pm.

All museum tours are free of charge.


Walk-ins welcome! Please call ahead for groups larger than 6 people.

All tours are guided. Museum not open for individual walkthrough.

Public tours are not offered when school field trip groups are on-site. Please call 919-833-3431 to check on tour availability.

Museum Store

The Visitor’s Center/Gift Shop is open for weekday perusal from Wednesday to Friday. The shop is open from 10 am to 2 pm, and at other times when staff is present.

Please call 919-833-3431 with any questions or to request curbside service.

Help the Joel Lane Museum House

You can help us bring history to life by donating to JLMH!


...Or, volunteer your time and talents!


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.

All tours are guided. The museum is not open to individual walkthrough.

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 all 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 the 43 people enslaved on his plantation.

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