Bringing Orange County History and People Together

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201 N. Churton Street

Hillsborough, NC  27278 

(919) 732-2201

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Hours and COViD-19 Policy

The Museum is open and free to visit!


Friday-Sunday from 11-4

No appointments necessary

All guests over the age of 5 must wear masks. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Friends of the Museum
"Be a Link in the Chain" of history artwork and
Summer Friendship Campaign, May -August 2021

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Becoming an annual Friend of the Orange County Historical Museum is not only a way to support our activities, it also provides you with many exciting benefits.  

"Be a Link in the Chain" of history

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Linking your story to history…

Every Friend receives 5 paper wristbands on which to write a piece of personal history, honor a family  member or friends, or recognize a favorite history hero (“Go Falcons!”, “RIP Sparky”, “In memory of my great Aunt Gretchen”).


Return the bands to the museum where they will be linked to the stories of others, creating a chain of our current histories as part of the wider history of Orange County!

These wristbands will be mailed to each Friend who signs up online or through the mail; however, if you wish you can also collect the wristbands from the Museum while visiting our galleries (just let us know).

Current Special Exhibit

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Lunch & Learn
August 18, 2021
with The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough

Discover the history of Freemasonry in North Carolina, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the nearly two-hundred-year-old Masonic Hall.


Among the oldest masonic temples in the United States and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has also been home to Eagle Lodge #19 since its completion in 1825

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This exhibit was made possible with support from: