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Tobacco Museum Durham, North Carolina

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2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, North Carolina 27705
919-477-5498
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Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum

Explore the early home, factories, and farm where Washington Duke first grew and processed tobacco and his sons later founded the American Tobacco Company, the world's largest tobacco company. A beautiful 19th century estate in Durham, NC, the Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum is home to extensive archives and exhibits about early tobacco farming in America, its popularization and manufacture.
Duke Homestead maintains the original buildings used by the Duke family as well as the Tobacco Museum with interactive, multimedia exhibits and displays. Enjoy guided tours of the restored 1852 Duke home, early factories, tobacco curing barn, and pack house. Tobacco Museum exhibits trace tobacco history from Native American times to North Carolina's modern tobacco empire

Details

Hours - Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Prices - Free. Donations accepted.
Events
  • Community Yard and Craft Sale (April)
  • Tobacco Planting Days
  • Herb, Garden, and Craft Festival (June)
  • Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina (July)
  • Summer Children's Festival (August)
  • Harvest and Hornworm Festival (September)
  • Christmas by Candlelight (December)

Activities

  • Guided Tours
  • Special Programs & Group Activities
  • Festivals
  • Lectures & Workshops
  • Craft Sales
  • Picnics

Why Kids Enjoy the Museum -

The Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum is a unique and historic place where kids explore the rich history of North Carolina and experience 19th century farm life. Kids can enjoy multimedia museum exhibits and displays, wonderful tour guides and see a film that tells the story of tobacco farming. The historic site offers many hands-on living history activities, tours, and the annual Summer Children’s Festival in August. Kids love the museum's life-sized talking farmer mannequin.

Duke Homestead & Tobacco Museum Events -

The Duke Homestead offers a fun events, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and festivals throughout the year. Enjoy yard and craft sales, festivals and holiday celebrations.
  • History Bites March
  • Community Yard and Craft Sale (April)
  • Tobacco Planting Days
  • Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts: Tastes of North
    Carolina (July)
  • Herb, Garden, and Craft Festival (June)
  • Summer Children’s Festival (August)
  • Harvest and Hornworm Festival (September)
  • Christmas by Candlelight (December)

FAQs

What can I do at the Tobacco Museum?


Located in the Visitor Center, the Tobacco Museum interactive exhibits on the history of tobacco, as well as Americana of the cigarette ad commercials from the 1940s on. See the film Legacy of the Golden Leaf, which tells the story of tobacco and the Duke family. Visit the restored Duke Homestead and see an authentic living museum of tobacco history with activities that demonstrate 19th century farming techniques and manufacturing processes which transformed North Carolina into a tobacco empire. Special programs and activities are offered throughout the year. Visit the Gift Shop and enjoy picnics on the beautiful grounds. Guided tours are offered every hour.

Are there free days?


The Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum offers free admission every day. Donations are accepted.

Map/Directions

Driving Direction to Tobacco Museum From or Quality Inn & Suites Durham
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