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Tours Resume - Jan 2022

The Joel Lane Museum House is open for tours!

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

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


Tickets are not required for groups smaller than 6 individuals. Walk-ins welcome!

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.


Due to the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, we ask that all visitors who are not vaccinated wear masks. We can provide a mask for any visitor who does not have one. Please note that tours groups are currently capped at 6 individuals to help maintain proper social distancing.

Please do not come to the Joel Lane Museum House if you have symptoms of illness or have been exposed to the coronavirus.


Museum Store

The Visitor’s Center/Gift Shop has re-opened for weekday perusal from Wednesday to Friday. The shop is open from 10am to 2pm.

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 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.

Upcoming Events

Instructor Laurel Williams

Memories to Share: A Class to Begin Your Memoirs

The purpose of our class is to encourage you in the joy and satisfaction of capturing personal memories and family stories in your own words so they will not be lost. Together, we will build confidence in your own voice as we explore a variety of techniques for writing.