Medlock Bridge Park Chattahoochee Rive, person kayaking
Medlock Bridge Park Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

The Smithsonian is Coming

The museum opened to visitors on September 15, so visitors can now experience the Water/Ways exhibit in-person. All special events, including lectures and book clubs will continue to be held online. Check out our events page for more information.

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The Wake Forest Historical Museum, in cooperation with North Carolina Humanities Council, is 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.

While the museum remains closed to visitors, a series of free online talks and book clubs will allow us to explore the cultural, social, and spiritual significance of water in our community. We hope you join us as we learn about the history of moonshine, the evolution of climate science, the diversity of African American maritime culture, and the creation of Falls Lake.

“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit

Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress.