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Virtual Experiences from Downtown Raleigh Institutions

N.C. Museum of Science

Experience Downtown Culture While Staying Home

Escape and learn through art, history and culture. Exploring Downtown Raleigh museums and taking advantage of the great cultural options doesn't need to stop during this time. Immerse yourself in virtual learning experiences offered by a variety of downtown arts and cultural organizations.

Learn more here about ways to support our arts and cultural institutions during this time.

You can also tune into DRA's own Virtual Programs, such as the new We Are Downtown Raleigh video series featuring small business owners and Virtual First Friday.

If you are Downtown Raleigh culture or arts organization with a virtual offering and would like to be listed here, please email Kathleen Louis at

LAST UPDATE: August 11, 2020



CAM raleigh flyerCAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)
Take part in CAM to GO's Virtual Creation Station + Gallery by creating your own artwork at home inspired by exhibitions currently on view at CAM. Follow CAM on Instagram to see the artwork on display as well as in CAM's digital gallery.

Marbles Kids Museum
Connect with Team Marbles in Daily Dose of Play videos spotlighting fun activities kids can do at home! Learn how to make your own playdough, build sensory bins or make music with household items. Also, check out Marbles-to-Go play activities, Play Posters and more online.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Research Center
Check out the wealth of resources for Science at Home broken down by families, teens & adults, and educators. From outside activities ideas to a live Jellyfish cam to over 200 science talks, the NC Science Museum has something for everyone. You can even submit a question to a naturalist online.

North Carolina Museum of History
Experience History at Home digitally through a variety of NC Museum of History videos highlighting exhibits and behind-the-scenes details, Bit-of-History podcasts, at-home learning packets, History & Hiballs and more!

Performing Arts

two ballerinasCarolina Ballet
Though remaining programs have been postponed until next season, Carolina Ballet is providing past performances online for all to enjoy. updated weekly. Support Carolina Ballet online here.

North Carolina Symphony
Listen to the music of the North Carolina Symphony through a digital broadcast of their Education Concert provided free of charge for all ages. Companion materials and resources are also available online. These free materials may be accessed at with password 1932.

North Carolina Theatre
Enjoy NC Theatre's QuaranTunes playlist on Spotify full of theatre favorites, rock, pop and dance hits to get you through the day. Also, follow NC Theatre on Instagram for Stars in the House video series.

PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
PineCone is offering online music workshops every other week including a two-finger banjo crash course and bluegrass mandolin workshop. Learn more and sign up on their website.

Theatre Raleigh
Theatre Raleigh is offering a full schedule of “virtual” theatre content for patrons and theatre-lovers of all ages. Tune in Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for new activities and performances to enjoy at home.

Lincoln Theatre
The Lincoln Theatre is offering online musical and acting performances, workshops and educational panels. They want to bring the sounds of the Lincoln center to your home with digital playlists with music of joy, beauty, comfort, grief, and hope. See more here. 

Performance Venues

Burning Coal Theatre Company
Follow Burning Coal on Instagram for Interviews from the Front video series highlighting individuals' stories during this challenging time and how they are collaborating and staying strong. You can also take a Google virtual tour of the theatre here.

Comedy Roast posterGoodnights Comedy Club
For some laughs, visit Goodnights Comedy Club's new site Helium Presents which currently includes their staff's favorite podcasts, music and movies and will soon include original content by your favorite local comics. 

Imurj - The Artists' Cafe
Follow Imurj on Instagram for music recommendations and artist highlights.

Other Virtual Experiences

The arts organization has an array of online resources, from crafting activities, online classes, and history lessons. You can also sign up for their Ways to Engage E-Newsletter for regular updates.

DRINK is hosting Virtual Tastings on Instagram Live every Monday and Thursday for the duration of the Stay-At-Home order. They will also be presenting their word and wine event in September. 

Raleigh Wine Shop online class kitThe Raleigh Wine Shop Wine Classes
The Raleigh Wine Shop has launched online wine classes where you can join in virtually with one of their certified wine instructors who will bring a fun and educational wine class series right into your home! The class includes an at-home kit with three cans of artisanal wine so you can smell and taste along the way. Learn more and sign up here.

S.P.A.R.K. at home with Kid Lab
Kid Lab, a non-profit and community art collective, has rolled out a S.P.A.R.K. (STEM, Play, Art, Reading and Writing, Kindness and Collaboration) series for activity ideas each day of the week. Geared toward children ages 10 and younger, the series offers a weekly video lesson, playful ideas, printable worksheets and more.

Wake County Public Libraries
Wake County has released "Storytime, Anytime" videos on their website to give families the fun of storytime again, even while the libraries are closed. Storytime uses talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing to help get children ready to read.

Wine & Design
Wine & Design is hosting virtual classes over Zoom with prices ranging from free to $15. You can use supplies you have at home or order ones from arts supply stores that they recommend. They are also doing free virtual art classes for kids for Easter. See details here.

The Wine Feed
The Wine Feed is hosting Instagram Live sessions on Wednesdays at 7pm as well as Virtual Classes through their website for you to learn about wine, meet winemakers, and more.