Founded in 1934, The Sarah P. Duke Gardens offers 55 acres (22 hectares) of world-class gardens in the center of Duke University. More than five miles (eight kilometers) of pathways lead visitors on walks through four sections of beautifully landscaped terraces, gardens, and arboretums. The Duke Gardens host gardening, photography, and natural history classes, and a summer concert series. A cafe and a visitor center are on the grounds. Walking and trolley tours are given four days a week; reservations are recommended.
The North Carolina Museum of Life & Science offers a number of interactive educational exhibits suitable for children and adults. Visitors can walk through a tornado, turn their movements into sound sculptures, and make contact with one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the American East Coast. The museum also features bear, red wolf, and lemur sanctuaries, and a forested tree house learning environment, which gives views of a landscaped forest from 20 feet (six meters) off the ground.
This chapel built in the center of Duke University in the Collegiate Gothic style was completed in 1932. Its tower soars 210 feet (65 meters) into the sky, and its founder, James B. Duke, felt that its inspirational presence would influence campus music, faith, and learning. Fine ornamentation, stained glass, and four beautifully crafted organs, including a Flentrop, or "Bach's Organ," draw thousands of admirers to the chapel every year. Free, guided tours of the chapel are offered every Sunday after an 11a worship service.
One of the leading art museums of the American South, the North Carolina Museum of Art opened in 1956 as the first in the nation established with public state funds. More than 40 galleries here are home to a permanent collection of paintings, artifacts, and sculptures spanning the history of art from antiquity to the present day. Visitors can see paintings of the European Renaissance, Egyptian funerary artifacts, and contemporary international works of art, among others. An amphitheater hosts outdoor performances, and a museum park features more than a dozen major site-specific works surrounded by forests and fields.
Pull up a bench and revel in nature's beauty in this eight-acre (three-hectare) garden wonderland. This outdoor laboratory for the Department of Horticulture at North Carolina State University is a delight for visitors and locals alike. Sit in the shade of trees from over 50 different countries, wander down the 450-foot (137-meter) long mosaic of the Perennial Garden, or bring a good book and relax in the Reading Garden. The Victorian gazebo in the Klein-Pringle White Garden is a popular choice for local brides and the Japanese and Paradise gardens are must-sees.
Marbles Kids Museum is a modern, vibrant center of play-based learning designed for children 10 years old and younger. The museum is one of Raleigh’s top family destinations, and has a program of dozens of interactive exhibits, IMAX educational and feature film screenings, and special events. Children can explore the ins and outs of gardening and solar power, learn about healthy money habits, build simple machines, and interact with science, technology, engineering, and math learning stations. Groups of ten or more visitors are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time.
John P. "Top" Greene Park and Community Center is named after Mr. John P. "Top", popular activist in the area. Located in Raleigh, NC houses a banquet hall and a fully functional kitchen. The venue is available for private events and weddings.
The Estey Hall popular as the oldest building surviving at Shaw, is a late Victorian style structure. Also known as the first building constructed for the higher education of the black women in the United States. The women attended the lectures at the Estey Hall in different fields such as music, art, religion and economic. The hall stood strong for almost 100 years to the Shaw university.
The Fletcher Opera Theater is located on the east side of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. With an ability to house 600 people, this theater is popular amongst the art loving section of the city's population and many throng to watch classic operas, dance and theatrical productions here. With an elite atmosphere and fine interiors, the ambiance here is very inviting and one must try to catch a show here during a trip to the city.
The Meymandi Concert Hall is a premier facility located on the west side of the Duke Energy Center. Usual home of the North Carolina Symphony, the Concert hall can accommodate up to 1700 people at a time. The classic shoe-box like design, narrow sides, and shallow balconies aids in the creation of acoustical masterpieces. For an experience of a complete concert performance, the Meymandi Concert Hall is not a bad option.
Spanning across 80,000 square feet (7432.24 square meters), the Memorial Auditorium located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts is an excellent facility to catch an event. The interior provides as much beauty as the performances that are held here. The Auditorium seats 2369 and provides high-end lighting and sound. The Memorial Auditorium is home to the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Theater. The Auditorium is available for rent and is able to accommodate any event.