Wake Forest Historical Museum

The museum is now open with new health and safety procedures like free timed tickets and required cloth face masks.

Welcome Back!

The Wake Forest Historical Museum welcomes back visitors to the museum starting Tuesday, September 15, with free timed tickets and new safety procedures like required face masks and frequent cleaning.


Virtual Book Club: The Waterman’s Song

Join museum staff and fellow book lovers as we read The Waterman’s Song and learn about the lives of the black boatman, pilots, ferrymen, fishermen, sailors, and artisans in nineteenth-century North Carolina.

“Falls Lake: Past, Present, and Future,” a presentation by Dana L. Matics, US Army Corps of Engineers

Join us as we learn how 20 miles of the Neuse River transformed into the Falls Lake reservoir.

Water/Ways Coloring Book

The Water/Ways coloring book is fun and educational for all ages!

September 24, 2020

“Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History,” a discussion with Jenny R. Puckett

Wake Forest Special Collections, in partnership with the Wake Forest Historical Museum, is proud to bring you an inside look at the making of Thine Ancient Days during an online … Continue reading

“First in Moonshine: North Carolina and the Illegal Liquor Business,” a talk by Dr. Daniel S. Pierce

You are invited to explore the history of moonshine in North Carolina during a virtual talk by Dr. Daniel S. Pierce on September 10th at 7:00 pm. Registration details below. … Continue reading

Virtual Book Club: Waters of the World

The museum is excited to announce our first book club, featuring Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole by Sarah Dry.

Deacs Day of Giving is Tuesday, September 8

One day only! Show your support for the Birthplace Society on Deacs Day of Giving!

September 8, 2020

The Power of Citizen Science, with Dr. Caren Cooper and Crowd the Tap

Learn how you can help create the first robust national inventory of water pipe materials in the United States!

Water/Ways Exhibit

The museum is hosting Water/Ways a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program from August 30, 2020 through October 10, 2020.

The Smithsonian is Coming

We are proud to host Water/Ways a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program from August 30, 2020 through October 10, 2020.

August 10, 2020

Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History, 1818-1956

We are pleased to announce the debut of Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History, 1818-1956 by Jenny Puckett. This coffee table book features beautiful images from the collections of the … Continue reading

July 9, 2020

Virtual Tours

Experience the history of the original campus and Calvin Jones House through our virtual tours.

May 14, 2020

Wake Forest Community Archive Project

We are collecting donations of artifacts, essays, photographs, and recordings that document how the pandemic has affected Wake Forest residents.

April 24, 2020

The 245th Birthday of Calvin Jones!

On April 2, 1775 Calvin Jones was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Jones was a leading North Carolina intellectual who made significant contributions to medicine, public health, politics, publishing, military strategy, and public education.

April 2, 2020

Postponed: Early North Carolina: Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration

In light of NCDHHS recommendations, WFU Lifelong Learning and Museum staff have decided to postpone “Early NC: Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration” scheduled for Saturday, March 21st.