This is the Briggs Hardware building which is home to the City of Raleigh Museum.

City of Raleigh Museum Re-opens on Saturday, Sept. 12

Surprise exhibit featuring ‘Joseph Winters: The Music Maker’ and ‘Raleigh Home Movie Day’

The City of Raleigh Museum (COR) will re-open its doors at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. “We are so excited to once again be able to be open to the public,” says Ernest Dollar, COR’s executive director. “We have so missed sharing the museum with visitors to downtown Raleigh as well as our members.”

To celebrate COR’s re-opening, the museum is offering, in addition to its permanent exhibits, a new exhibit celebrating the life and legacy of influential music promoter Joseph Winters.

“Joseph Winters: The Music Maker” explores the life of one of the city’s earliest African American policemen who also brought musical legends including James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles to perform in Raleigh. “During his 40-year career, Winters shaped the Capital City’s cultural landscape by working with these nationally recognized artists,” Dollar explained. “We are thrilled to be able to share facts about his extraordinary life as part of our museum re-opening.” The exhibit, which features facts about Winters’ life and some of the legendary artists who entertained Raleigh audiences, will run through February 2021.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, COR will host a virtual “Raleigh Home Movie Day” in partnership with A/V Geeks: 

When:  Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Virtually)
Where: Streaming Live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Twitch
Cost: Free
Visit: AV Geeks Website or Facebook Event 
You’ve been stuck at home, tackling those long-overlooked projects like reorganizing closets, going through boxes in attics and basements. You dug up some old family heirlooms, photos and films.  What hidden treasures lie in those old home movies that you found?  Participate in our first Online Home Movie Day Raleigh and find out the value of these unique cultural and historical documents and how to save them for future generations. Spend the afternoon watching old films and playing Home Movie Day bingo and as an added bonus get a free digital transfer of your screened film! The deadline to submit your home movies is Saturday, Sept. 5. Choose up to 10 minutes of your home movies on film (that's roughly 3 (three), 50ft reels of 8mm film) or video tape and bring to: A/V Geeks Archive, 714 Tyler Road, Raleigh, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. Reach out to or call (919) 247-7752 to make other arrangements.  
Home Movie Day was started in 2002 as a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies, during which people in cities and towns all over the world would get to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and - most importantly - get to watch those old family films. “Home Movie Day is historically a public event,” says Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks, “but by streaming it online we bring these films back into the intimate space of people’s living rooms to share with new generations.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.