Pop-up Museum

Pop-up Museum exhibits in the Chapel

Dix Park  Pop-up Museum Graphic with images from the exhibits

Dix Park's first-ever Pop-up Museum hosts two inspiring history exhibits: From Plantation to Park, presenting the layered history of Dix Hill and We Built This, a showcase of Black architects and builders in North Carolina. 

Location: Chapel Event Center

Dates: January 15 - February 27, 2022 *** Closed January 22***

Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 10am-2pm, Saturdays - 10am-4pm & Sundays- 12-5pm


We Built This exhibit in the Dix Park Chapel

We Built This: Profiles of Black Architects & Builders in North Carolina

This multi-faceted educational exhibit showcases the history and legacy of Black builders and craftspeople in North Carolina. Created by Preservation North Carolina, Dix Park is the first stop for this traveling exhibit that highlights African American's who designed and/or constructed many of North Carolina’s most treasured historic sites. Spanning more than three centuries, We Built This provides over two dozen personal profiles and historic context throughout eras of slavery and Reconstruction; founding of HBCUs and Black churches; Jim Crow and segregation; and the rise of Black civic leaders and professionals.

From Plantation to Park exhibit in the Dix Park Chapel

From Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill

This interactive exhibit traces the layered history of Dix Park from its earliest time as Native American hunting grounds, to plantation, to the founding of North Carolina’s first mental health hospital, and now as a public park. Presented by City of Raleigh Museum and Dix Park Conservancy, From Plantation to Park explores the legacy of the park site through the experiences of those who lived and worked on ‘Dix Hill’, encouraging us to honor it's memory and identity while shaping the future of this public space for generations to come. 


COVID-19 Safety

  • Face coverings are required inside all City of Raleigh facilities.
  • Please stay home if you are sick! 
  • A 6-foot distance is recommended between yourself and others not in your household.
  • Visit Raleigh Parks COVID-19 page for the latest information and guidance.

Know Before You Go:

  • Dix Park Chapel Event Center, 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
  • The best entrances into the park to use are Hunt Drive off of Western Boulevard or Umstead Drive off of Lake Wheeler Road
  • Parking is located in the large lot in front of the Chapel Event Center.


Dorothea Dix Park continues to strive to be accessible and welcoming for visitors, including those with disabilities. Currently, portions of Dorothea Dix Park, including some areas where programs and events occur, have uneven surfaces and are not fully accessible. Accessibility is a primary focus for early park improvements and all future planning and development.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available in all lots and next to the Chapel Event Lawn.

Restrooms: Indoor accessible restrooms are available in the Chapel.  Accessible port-a-johns are located at the Big Field and Flowers Field.

Programs and events: Raleigh Parks Inclusion Services works with community members to support participation. To request a program modification based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please complete and submit the Accommodation Request Form or contact Inclusion Services staff at 919-996-2147 or ParksInclusion@raleighnc.gov.