“Secrets of the Cathedral” Exhibit Opens at the City of Raleigh Museum Jan. 6

“Secrets of the Cathedral” Exhibit Opens at the City of Raleigh Museum Jan. 6

Museum visitors can enter to win free airfare to Paris compliments of Delta Airlines

RALEIGH, N.C. (DECEMBER 19, 2016) – The City of Raleigh Museum announced today its “Secrets of the Cathedral” lobby exhibition will open to the public Friday, Jan. 6. “Secrets of the Cathedral,” created by A. Brothers Associates Exhibit Design, answers the question “What makes a church a cathedral?” It does this by showing how cathedrals have played a continuing influence on architecture, art, music, and culture through the years and have elevated man’s wisdom by their construction and presence in the communities they serve. Visitors can learn how early builders crafted these monuments to become the stunning societal focal points they continue to be today. The display touches on the “theology of architecture” and how inner engineering techniques evoke outer spiritual beauty. The exhibit is free and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

“We are proud to offer the community this wonderful opportunity to shed light on cathedral design and what it inspires,” said Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “The timing is perfect, with Raleigh’s own new cathedral being built to anchor the city’s skyline for generations to come.”

In celebration of Raleigh’s Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral construction milestones, the City of Raleigh Museum will also share behind-the-scenes images of the build process as well as offer related special events including an architect-led stained glass window discussion and a private hard hat tour of the new cathedral. Upon completion, Raleigh will rank among the top five largest cathedrals in the United States versus its current designation as the second smallest at the Hillsborough Street location.

Exhibit Details:

“Secrets of the Cathedral” at The City of Raleigh Museum

220 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC 27601

(located in the famous downtown Briggs Hardware Building built in 1874)

  • Museum Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m./Sundays 1-4 p.m.
  • Admission is free; donations accepted
  • Group tours available with advance notice
  • More information at cityofraleighmuseum.org or call 919-996-2220

Friends of the Museum Paris Flight Drawing:

In celebration of the exhibit and its new RDU to Paris nonstop service, Delta Airlines has partnered with the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum to offer one lucky museum visitor two free economy class tickets to Paris, home of some of the most renowned cathedrals in the world. This drawing is open to all legal U.S. residents 18 years of older visiting the museum from Jan. 6 through May 31, 2017. One winner will be randomly selected in early June.

  • Entries (name, email address, and contact phone number) must be filled out on-site during museum hours. Email, phone or other electronic entry methods will not be accepted.
  • Limit one entry per person during the drawing period.
  • The tickets are for two people traveling together and must be issued no later than Dec. 15, 2017.
  • Winner’s travel certificate is not transferable, sellable, refundable or exchangeable, and must be returned to the museum if it cannot be used. Other airline restrictions including date availability may apply.
  • All other transportation/trip costs are the responsibility of the contest winner.

Also currently on display at the City of Raleigh Museum, this spring is the popular “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibition detailing the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States over the past three centuries.

About The City of Raleigh Museum

Located in Downtown Raleigh in the historic Briggs Hardware building, the City of Raleigh Museum explores the rich history of North Carolina’s capital city. As part of the Historical Resources and Museums Program (HRMP) of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, the COR Museum is dedicated to interpreting the past, present, and future of Raleigh.  Since 1993, the has museum collected and cared for artifacts, curated exhibits, and provided educational programing that highlights Raleigh’s history and heritage. Our tagline, “Then. Now. Next.,” represents a new approach to understanding North Carolina’s capital.

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Raleigh Sister Cities fosters opportunities for business, cultural, educational and civic experiences through citizen exchanges and collaboration. As a nonprofit, volunteer organization, it is a cooperating member of Sister Cities International, which connects 545 U.S. cities with 2,121 partner cities around the world.

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