The Pope House Museum is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Guided tours are by appointment only, must be scheduled at least 30 minutes prior to the tour, and will be limited to a family group or 5 people. Call the City of Raleigh Museum to reserve your tour at 919-996-2220.
Admission to the museum is free.
The museum features original artifacts from the Pope family.
The Pope House is not currently available for rentals.
As the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina, the Pope House offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh’s most intriguing citizens, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, who was the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era.
The house features original furnishings to the family and many historical artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family.
Dating to the 1860s, the Pope House Museum Collection totals over 3,000 artifacts which give insight into the life of one of the leading African-American families in Raleigh in the early 1900s. From Dr. Pope's father's freedman papers to his voter registration card to his original doctor's bag from the Spanish-American War, the collection boasts a wide range of material culture.
Educational opportunities at the Pope House are offered as part of the City of Raleigh Museum Education Programs. Our goal is to provide a variety of hands-on programs that will engage students and get them excited about their local history.