Boasting over 500 places to eat, Greensboro offers something for everyone, from fine dining and award-winning experiences to casual cafés and laid-back brunch spots. For fantastic Asian cuisine with Chinese, Thai and Japanese dishes, head to the Imperial Koi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar; for traditional Italian fare and wines, Osteria Italian Restaurant and Salvino Cucina Italiana won’t disappoint; and Leblon Churrascaria serves traditional Brazilian rodizio-style meats served by Brazilian meat carvers known as gauchos. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
© Undercurrent Restaurant
Located opposite the Marriot Hotel in Downtown Greensboro, Undercurrent Restaurant has been voted one of the best elegant dining restaurants in the city and has been serving discerning diners for more than 16 years. Ideally located, the restaurant boasts a stylish bar area that is open all day for drinks and appetizers in the afternoon through to pre-dinner drinks in the evening. Undercurrent’s seasonal menus feature New American cuisine with a global influence, prepared with local, sustainable ingredients and served in a classic French way. The beautifully furnished dining room is spacious and stylish with semi-private banquettes, large tables, and an outdoor seating area for alfresco dining under the stars. A private dining room is available for special occasions and other events.
327 Battleground Avenue, Downtown Greensboro, NC 27401, Phone: 336-370-1266
© 1618 Midtown
1618 Midtown is a casual, contemporary wine bar and bistro with a relaxed ambiance serving creative small plates of classically inspired modern cuisine accompanied by hand-curated wines, artisan cocktails, and microbrews. Signature dishes include Beef Teres Major with lump crab shallot risotto and broccolini, Beef Ramen with noodles, enoki mushrooms and a sunny-side-up egg, and Duck Confit with bourbon sweet mashed potatoes, blueberry demi. Small plates include Truffled Pomme Frites, Market Fish Tacos, Hot Chicken Tacos, Lamb Lollipops, and Seared Scallops, and the full-service bar offers an extensive list of handcrafted cocktails and easy-drinking wines from around the world. 1618 Midtown is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
1724 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-285-9410
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© Boba House
Boba House is an elegant dining establishment that is renowned for serving creative Vietnamese and Thai-inspired cuisine with a 100% vegetarian and vegan menu. Using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant’s team of expert chefs prepare each dish from scratch with house specialties like the Hula Pot – an aromatic red curry made with lemongrass, bamboo shoots, and sweet potato; Hawaiian Stir-Fry with a selection of fresh vegetables; Woking Noodle with wok-seared uchoy and fresh cilantro; and Blackened Tuna simmered in a savory house sauce. Boba House is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
332 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27403, Phone: 336-379-7444
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4.Imperial Koi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
© Imperial Koi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
The Imperial Koi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is a trendy spot that serves a creative menu of Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine, along with fresh sushi and California rolls. Boasting an elegant contemporary atmosphere and impressive panoramic window-side views of the surrounding areas, the restaurant presents a menu of starters of Asian Style Calamari, Chicken and Pork Gyoza, Classic Dim Sum Platter, Crab Rangoon, and sushi plates of nigiri, sashimi, maki rolls, hand rolls, and imperial koi love boats. Signature dishes include Black Pepper Tuna, Yellowtail Jalapeno, and the Dragon's Nest featuring sesame-spiced tuna encased in a whole avocado and drizzled with ponzu sauce. The Imperial Koi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
1941 New Garden Rd #200, Greensboro, NC 27410, Phone: 336-286-3000
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5.1618 Seafood Grille
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Overseen by proprietors Nick Wyatt and George Neal, the award-winning 1618 Seafood Grille offers a creative, flavor-driven menu with Asian, Latin American and Southern influences. Ingredients are locally sourced and always fresh, with fish being delivered daily, and innovative dishes include creations such as honey-glazed chicken breast, deep fried mahi-mahi, and pan-seared scallops. An elegant wine lounge boasts contemporary décor and a tranquil atmosphere, with an impressive selection of boutique wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails to choose from. 1618 Seafood Grille is open for dinner Monday through Sunday and brunch on Sundays only.
1618 West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro, Phone: 336-235-0898
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© B. Christopher's
Located on the ground floor in Greensboro’s iconic Center Pointe Building, B. Christopher’s is an upscale restaurant with modern décor that serves prime steaks and fresh seafood in a refined ambiance. Boasting beautiful views of Center City Park through floor-to-ceiling windows along with interior woodwork, original artworks, and soft lighting, the restaurant serves an array of dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients, grass-fed meats, organic dairy, and ocean-fresh seafood. Signature dishes include Blackened Salmon in red wine sauce, Seared Scallop Risotto with demi glaze and Reggiano parmesan, Oven Roasted Free Range Chicken with Garlic mashed potatoes, Herbes de Provence and green beans, and Goat Cheese Stuffed Portabella Mushroom. B. Christopher is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
201 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401, Phone: 336-274-5900
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© Cafe Pasta
Established over 35 years ago and still calling its original location on State Street home, Cafe Pasta is a charming neighborhood restaurant that has been serving casual, homecooked fare ever since. Owned by Ray Essa, the café serves a menu of all-American fare including prime steaks and other meat dishes, ocean-fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, handmade pasta and sauces, farm-fresh vegetables and herbs, and decadent desserts. Signature dishes include Linguine Rustica, Chicken Parmigiana, Five Cheese Lasagna, and Italian Sausage, accompanied by easy-drinking wines from around the world, imported and local craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails. The café hosts monthly beer and wine tastings, and live music on the weekends, and is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday.
305 State St, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-272-1308
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8.Europa Bar & Cafe
© Europa Bar & Café
Exuding an Old-World charm and a relaxed ambiance, Europa Bar & Café is a stylish cafe with a European flair located across the way from Center City Park in Greensboro that serves classic European fare and casual wines. The café has an elegant rosewood and mahogany bar, Brazilian cherry floors, mahogany walls with Portuguese tiles, and a charming open-air terrace with a limestone Italian fountain, which create a tranquil atmosphere amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Guests can enjoy traditional European fare with dishes like French Bar Steak, Beef Bourguignon, Cote De Porc La Charcuterie, Spanakopita, and Choucroute Garnie. The cuisine is accompanied by wines from around the world by the bottle or glass, craft beers, and other libations. Europa Bar & Café is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
200 N Davie St #15, Greensboro, NC 27401, Phone: 336-389-1010
9.Fuji Sushi Hibachi Restaurant
© Fuji Sushi Hibachi Restaurant
Fuji Hibachi and Sushi Restaurant is an elegant restaurant that is renowned for its exceptional Japanese cuisine, fresh sushi, made-to-order hot and cold Japanese dishes, hibachi, and a selection of sake, beer, and casual wines. The menu features signature dishes such as Mix Vegetable Tempura, Chicken Katsu, Salmon or Steak or Shrimp Teriyaki, Japanese Red Snapper, Chicken Teriyaki, Asian Spiced Chilean Seabass, and Pan Seared Black Cod. Desserts range from Ice Cream Tempura and Mochi to Japanese Ice Cream and Fuji Fantasy of banana tempura with two flavors of mochi. Fuji Hibachi and Sushi Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
433 Pisgah Church Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455, Phone: 336-282-2281
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© DiValletta Restaurant
Set in the luxurious Grandover Resort & Conference Center, DiValletta Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant and culinary tour de force that offers an unrivaled exceptional dining experience. Boasting breathtaking views of Grandover’s gardens and golf course through floor-to-ceiling windows and an elegant dining room, the restaurant serves seasonally changing menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Comprehensive menus feature Mediterranean and American with European influences, showcasing signature dishes such as saffron seafood chowder, steamed black mussels in a garlic-and-wine sauce, ravioli stuffed with portobello and Shiitake mushrooms, and roasted cedar salmon with asparagus and spinach. The cuisine is accompanied by a world-class wine list featuring vintages from around the world. DiValletta Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1000 Club Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407, Phone: 336-834-4877
11.Green Valley Grill
© Green Valley Grill
Situated next to the O.Henry Hotel near the Friendly Center, the Green Valley Grill is an employee-owned restaurant that serves classic European fare, fine wines and traditional afternoon high tea in a sprawling, relaxed setting with an elegant lounge and charming courtyard. Guests can gather in the casual bar to enjoy a selection of artisanal cocktails, craft beers, and over 500 wines at the friendly bar, or relax the pretty courtyard garden while tucking into fresh seasonal Old World European and Mediterranean cuisine. The Green Valley Grill hosts events such as cooking classes, high afternoon tea, and cocktails and jazz afternoons through the year, and can be booked for private events and functions. Green Valley Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
622 Green Valley Rd, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-854-2015
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© Leblon Churrascaria
Leblon Churrascaria is a vibrant, traditional Brazilian rodizio-style steakhouse that is renowned for serving the finest cuts of meat where traditional Brazilian meat carvers known as gauchos roam throughout the restaurant serving endless meats on skewers. As an accompaniment to the meats, which are brought to the table and selected, there is an extensive buffet-style salad bar offering a variety of salads, cheeses, and Brazilian hot dishes, such as Salmon Moqueca and Feijoada. Guests can dine beneath the stars in the outdoor patio or enjoy a drink in the lounge from the restaurant’s extensive wine list and range of traditional Brazilian beverages. Leblon Churrascaria is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
106 S Holden Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407, Phone: 336-294-2605
13.Places to eat in Greensboro: Liberty Oak
Based in the historic Vernon Building, the oldest building remaining in the Old Greensborough historical District dating back to 1883, Liberty Oak is a high-end American dining establishment that serves contemporary American and European cuisine in an elegant setting. The seasonal menu features a selection of prime steaks and other meat dishes, ocean-fresh seafood and catch-of-the-day, fresh organic herbs and vegetables, handmade pasta and sauces, and mouthwatering desserts. Signature dishes include pan-seared Maryland-style lump crab cakes over warm Texas caviar and topped with a creole remoulade; Scallop Linguine with pancetta and parmesan in a lemon garlic cream sauce; and Danish Baby Back Ribs smothered in a house made barbecue sauce. Liberty Oak is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
100 W Washington St, Greensboro, NC 27401, Phone: 336-273-7057
14.Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
© Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen focuses on serving exceptional farm-to-table Southern cuisine, and fine wines served a relaxed setting with an outdoor veranda. Located on Westover Terrace, just off Wendover Avenue, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen has been serving the neighborhood for the past 20 years and delighting diners with their inventive menus of Southern fare. Prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients, signature dishes include Cornmeal Crusted Carolina Catfish, Jambalaya, Salt & Pepper Ribeye, Buttermilk-Fried Chicken Livers, and Local Pulled Pork on Johnny Cakes. The cuisine is paired with a hand-curated selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails. Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen offers both indoor and outdoor dining and is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1421 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-370-0707
15.MJ's Steak and Seafood
MJ's Steak & Seafood is a local family-owned and operated restaurant with a full-service bar and a casual dining room that serves a hearty surf 'n' turf menu in a bistro-style setting. Located on Dolley Madison Road in a charming rustic two-story home, the quaint little family-friendly restaurant has a charming dining room and a small bar area and has a lovely outdoor patio for alfresco dining beneath the stars. Guests can enjoy live acoustic guitar on some evenings as they tuck into delicious dishes of fresh seafood and fish, prime steaks and chops, fresh salads and vegetables, handmade pasta and sauces, and mouthwatering desserts. MJ's Steak & Seafood is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday.
620 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410, Phone: 336-852-4889
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16.Osteria Italian Restaurant
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Located in The Westover Gallery of Shops, Osteria Italian Restaurant is a contemporary dining establishment serving traditional Italian fare that focuses on the world-renowned flavors of the Emilia-Romagna (Bologna) region. The charming, family-friendly restaurant’s menu features handmade pasta such as ravioli, strozzapreti, tagliolini, gnocchi and fettucini with thick, creamy sauces; prime meat and fresh seafood entrées with an array of sides, and antipasti plates of Italian staples of prosciutto, mortadella, Parmigiano and balsamic-dipped figs. The delicious cuisine is accompanied by a wine list of casual Italian wines and other labels from around the world, as well as craft beers and signature cocktails. Osteria Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1310 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-275-2550
Named after one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and offering casual Italian fare in a warm setting, Positano brings a slice of Italy to the heart of Greensboro. Located in the Lawndale Crossing Shopping Center, Positano is a casual, warmly decorated family-owned eatery that serves traditional Italian fare and fine wines. The menu features inspired Italian cuisine, such as Alla Primavera, Penne Al Forno, Lobster Ravioli, wood-fired pizza, calzone, and zucchini fritters. Positano also has a small selection of casual wines, beers, and other drinks, and is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
2605 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-288-4900
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18.Places to eat in Greensboro: Print Works Bistro
© Print Works Bistro
Located next to the Proximity Hotel, Print Works Bistro is an employee-owned restaurant with a leafy patio that serves classic and modern French bistro-style fare, and an ample wine list. The family-friendly café is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves a menu of inventive dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood, and catch-of-the-day fish, organic salads, vegetables and fruits, and handmade pasta and sauces. An award-winning wine list with more than 75 wines by the glass is offered to pair with the fare, along with a seasonally changing craft cocktail list. The full-service bar hosts live music every Wednesday and local DJs on Friday nights. Print Works Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
702 Green Valley Rd, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-379-0699
19.Reel Seafood Grill
© Reel Seafood Grill
The Reel Seafood Grill brings a smack of the sea to Greensboro with a daily menu of fresh local seafood and a raw oyster bar offering freshly shucked oysters. Fresh fish, shellfish and seafood are locally sourced from Virginia and the Carolinas, while other dishes feature farm-raised meats, chicken, and dairy, salads, vegetables and herbs, and handmade pasta. Seasonal side dishes, house-made sauces, salad dressings, and desserts are all prepared from scratch daily and served fresh, and the cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the USA, craft beers and house martinis. Unique wine pairing dinners are offered throughout the year, as well as special event catering and private parties. The Reel Seafood Grill is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
2002 New Garden Rd #208, Greensboro, NC 27410, Phone: 336-617-4200
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20.Southern Lights Bistro
Southern Lights Bistro is a contemporary neighborhood bistro that has been serving the local community with fresh, innovative, seasonal cuisine for over three decades. The award-winning, four-star restaurant features a spacious dining room with comfortable seating and a charming patio where handcrafted cocktails can be enjoyed before or after dinner. The bistro serves a seasonally changing menu of new American cuisine including gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, meat, and seafood entrées, and pasta dishes along with casual wines and craft beers, and signature cocktails. Southern Lights Bistro welcomes custom orders, offers catering and special event accommodation and is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
2415 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-379-9414
21.Places to eat in Greensboro: Marisol
Conveniently located between Greensboro, High Point, and Jamestown, Marisol is an upscale eatery with an unwritten menu of seasonal, internationally inspired dishes and a casual piano bar. Serving since 1997, Marisol is well known in culinary circles for its unique approach to fine dining using local and seasonal produce and the highest quality ingredients. The restaurant provides an air of mystery for diners when they arrive with no set menu but merely an array of dishes that have been freshly prepared using beef, lamb, duck, pork and on occasion veal, rabbit, or ostrich, and seafood sourced from the local coast and the rivers of Alaska to the Mediterranean Sea. Marisol is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
5834 High Point Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407, Phone: 336-852-3303
22.Restaurants in Greensboro, NC: White and Wood
© White and Wood
Named for the white walls and wood tables, White and Wood are a contemporary restaurant that delivers an exceptional dining experience that highlights the rich diversity of the community. Featuring modern artworks, a large mirror and long bar overlooking an open kitchen, the restaurant has an intimate and tranquil ambiance which is ideal for romantic dinner dates. Signature dishes feature fresh seafood and shellfish, prime steaks, chops, and other meats, organic vegetables and herbs, and handmade pasta and sauces. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive wine list with both familiar and rarer labels, many of which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle. White and Wood is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
215 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401, Phone: 336-638-1216
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© Village Tavern
Located in Westridge Square, the Village Tavern is based on the original Village Tavern which opened in Winston Salem NC in 1984 and serves a seasonal menu of new American cuisine and a wide variety of libations. Boasting a sleek and spacious interior with stylish décor, the popular eatery serves a menu of American favorites such as Maryland crab cakes, flash-fried calamari, bacon-wrapped scallops, shrimp tacos, grilled meatloaf, and Bayou Shrimp. The food menu is paired with an extensive selection of fine wines, craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and imported spirits. The Village Tavern is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1903 Westridge Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410, Phone: 336-282-3063
24.Places to eat in Greensboro: Gia
Gia is a contemporary eatery with an open-plan kitchen that serves refined, Italian-style tapas and craft cocktails in a casual, laid-back setting. Boasting chic, modern interiors, a massive red wood-fired oven used for grilling bread and meats, and an open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work, Gia also has a charming balcony where guests can dine beneath the stars. The eatery serves a variety of small plates and tapas, including Schiaciate Sicilian Flathead with Aged Pepperoni, Shrimp Cake Sliders, Petite Filet Mignon, and charcuterie and cheese boards. Signature cocktails are made from scratch, and small plates are paired with craft beers from around the world, easy-drinking wines, and imported spirits. Gia is open for lunch Monday through Friday, brunch on Sunday, and dinner Monday through Sunday.
1941 New Garden Rd Suite 208, Greensboro, NC 27410, Phone: 336-907-7536
25.Salvino Cucina Italiana
© Salvino Cucina Italiana
Salvino Cucina Italiana is a classic family-friendly, white-tablecloth Italian eatery that serves traditional Italian fare and casual drinks. The vibrant restaurant boasts a spacious dining room with comfortable chairs and tables, an open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work, and a full-service bar that serves a selection of fine wines, beers, imported spirits and more. The menu offers an array of rustic and traditional fare such as heaving platters of antipasti, steaming plates of homemade pasta with thick sauces, fresh and crisp garden salads, and hearty entrées of meat, chicken and fresh fish. Salvino Cucina Italiana is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
2917 -D Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408, Phone: 336-540-8663
25 Best Restaurants in Greensboro, NC
- Undercurrent Restaurant, Photo: Undercurrent Restaurant
- 1618 Midtown, Photo: 1618 Midtown
- Boba House, Photo: Boba House
- Imperial Koi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, Photo: Imperial Koi Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
- 1618 Seafood Grille, Photo: Brent Hofacker/stock.adobe.com
- B. Christopher's, Photo: B. Christopher's
- Cafe Pasta, Photo: Cafe Pasta
- Europa Bar & Cafe, Photo: Europa Bar & Café
- Fuji Sushi Hibachi Restaurant, Photo: Fuji Sushi Hibachi Restaurant
- DiValletta Restaurant, Photo: DiValletta Restaurant
- Green Valley Grill, Photo: Green Valley Grill
- Leblon Churrascaria, Photo: Leblon Churrascaria
- Places to eat in Greensboro: Liberty Oak, Photo: pavlofox/stock.adobe.com
- Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Photo: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
- MJ's Steak and Seafood, Photo: zukamilov/stock.adobe.com
- Osteria Italian Restaurant, Photo: Mat Hayward/stock.adobe.com
- Positano, Photo: Positano
- Places to eat in Greensboro: Print Works Bistro, Photo: Print Works Bistro
- Reel Seafood Grill, Photo: Reel Seafood Grill
- Southern Lights Bistro, Photo: lilechka75/stock.adobe.com
- Places to eat in Greensboro: Marisol, Photo: Marisol
- Restaurants in Greensboro, NC: White and Wood, Photo: White and Wood
- Village Tavern, Photo: Village Tavern
- Places to eat in Greensboro: Gia, Photo: Gia
- Salvino Cucina Italiana, Photo: Salvino Cucina Italiana
- Cover Photo: Kevin/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas in NC: Greensboro Historical Museum
Situated in the heart of downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, the Greensboro Historical Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon in the city. Across the street from the Greensboro Children’s Museum and down the street from Center City Park, the Historical Museum is part of a complex of attractions. The Museum spans 17,000 square feet of permanent and short term exhibits, celebrating the history of the Piedmont area of North Carolina, focusing on Greensboro and Guilford County.
The main building of the Museum is one of Greensboro’s oldest, more than a century standing, and embodies history itself, having originally been a First Presbyterian church. Founded in 1924 by a group of volunteers, the vision of the Greensboro Historical Museum is to be a vibrant, visible, and valued community institution.
The collections of the museum highlight the city’s role in the history of America, telling the personal stories of prominent people from the area. Such individuals include noted author O. Henry, First Lady Dolly Madison, educator Charles Henry Moore, as well as the Native Americans, African Americans, Quakers and so many more who lived the story of the city. Visitors can also learn about the city and county’s role in the Colonial Era, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.
The Greensboro Historical Museum boasts many exhibits in its permanent collection aimed at peaking a wonder of imagination and sense of nostalgia. Retelling the history of the area in unusual and provocative ways, the Museum takes visitors on a journey of remembrance and education. The collections and archives document the history, the lives and the lessons of past residents of The Piedmont, North Carolina, the plateau region between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Coastal Plain.
Welcome to the Gate City
Explore the story behind the city’s nickname, in this permanent exhibit at the Museum. Taking visitors through life in the early 1900s, this interactive and immersive exhibit seemingly goes back in time. Highlighting the period when the railroad through Greensboro was the gateway to the rest of the country, Welcome to Gate City lets guests experience what life was like during that time.
Murphy Confederate Firearms
Focusing in on a specific aspect of the Civil War, the Murphy Confederate Firearms exhibit explores the distinctive and unique weaponry of that time. With over 150 examples of long arms, this robust exhibit showcases weapons from every major Confederate armory. The exhibit is supplemented by contemporary paintings and other Civil War antiques and artifacts, telling the story of the war through the instruments used to carry it out.
Zenke Miniatures Room
Decorator and designer Otto Zenke, born in 1904, developed a passion for 18th century English interiors. He turned this passion into more than just a hobby; he created miniature masterpieces. During his life, he built 14 miniature rooms, 12 of which were donated to the Greensboro Historical Museum. The museum rotates which of the rooms are on exhibit, but typically three can be seen at any time. Zenke moved to Greensboro in the 1930s, where he was chief decorator for a local furniture company through the 1940s. His miniature rooms, which are even smaller in scale than most, have been exhibited in New York and other American cities.
Voices of a City
Highlighting more than 300 years of local history, Voice of a City ponders what a city would say if it could tell its story. From ordinary objects such as a rifle from the battle for independence, to a flight attendant’s handbook from the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, this exhibit takes visitors through history in unusual ways. The exhibition is broken up through generations of local history, guiding visitors on a journey through time.
Stretching far back into the Revolutionary War era and before, these displays introduce the migration of Europeans to the Carolina backcountry, with its dense forests and plentiful land. The exhibit also educates guests on the Native American tribes of the area and their interaction with the influx of European migrants.
Early Greensboro: 1808-1890
The displays of this exhibit walk guests through the founding of Greensboro in 1808. The city was named for the Revolutionary War general, Nathanael Greene. At that time, the community was comprised of modest homes, with the feel of a village.
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Service & Sacrifice: 1812 and On
This exhibit takes guests on a journey through wars that have raged for the past two centuries, highlighting Greensboro’s residents and its place in wartime history. This includes the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the First Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
Debating Liberty: 1800-1890
The struggle and strife of the Civil War was embodied in the turmoil of Greensboro, brought to life in this exhibit. Once pro-union, the debate over slavery created a chasm in the city, with some residents supporting what they viewed as a Bible-ordained right to slavery, and many others supporting the freedom of slaves. When North Carolina seceded from the Union in 1861, it threw Greensboro squarely into the Confederacy and the long war ahead.
Denim Capital: 1891-1945
The history of textile production and abundance of cotton in the South made denim a natural fit for industry in Greensboro. The City built up this production, creating jobs and success in the region. During the Second World War, the mills were to put to service in the wartime effort.
Changing Times: 1946-1979
The post war era in Greensboro brought residents into an era of changing identity, what the city was, is, could and should be. This included growing strife and unrest regarding segregation, from the streets to college campuses. This exhibit takes a closer look of this time of change for the city during the Civil Rights Movement.
Today’s Gate City: 1980- present
This final stage of the Voices of a City exhibit looks at the nature of Greensboro from the last 30 years and into the future. From the small town atmosphere to the ever changing history that defines the city, Today’s Gate City Exhibit seeks to look to a bright future while acknowledging the challenges of the past.
In addition to the permanent exhibits at the Greensboro Historical Museum, there are many temporary exhibits for visitors. These vary greatly from Weaving Wonders with Historical Threads, to The Emancipation Proclamation, to Down Home – Jewish Life in Greensboro, just to give a few examples of past exhibits. These varied and provocative exhibits supplement and enrich the permanent exhibits of the Museum. In addition, the Museum hosts scores of events throughout the year. These include periodic productions of O. Henry plays, garden parties and holiday celebrations. These interactive events bring the history of the area to life.
The Museum Campus Complex
In addition to the Museum itself, its campus location includes several other historical centers. The fully restored Historic First Presbyterian Cemetery houses the final resting place for veterans from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, with the oldest graves dating from 1831. The stone lined paths and garden grounds provide a peaceful place for reflection on the past. The cemetery is accessible through the Museum gift shop.
Next to the museum is the Mary Lynn Richardson Park and Historic Buildings where visitors can stroll winding walkways and enjoy the museum experience outside among alfresco sculpture. Other attractions at the Museum campus include the Francis McNairy House, showcasing furniture and décor from the late 1700s and early 1820s. The Hockette Blacksmith and Woodworking shops are also open for tours with demonstrations and examples of historic crafts. Visitors may also want to visit the David & Rachel Caldwell historical center, just a few miles from the Museum, but still part of the historic Greensboro experience. The center, telling the story of a prominent founding couple, is also an archeological investigation of the town and 18th century life.
Situated in the middle of the downtown area, the Greensboro Historical Museum is conveniently accessible and offers free parking in two adjacent lots. Visitors are recommended to check the Museum’s website for more information on visiting hours, closures and city holidays. The Museum calendar of events is also listed on the website and includes such special events or exhibits as Goulash and Ghost Stories in the Graveyard, Women’s History Month or Holidays at the Museum. Family friendly activities such as scavenger hunts create an enriching experience for younger visitors, as well. During a visit to the Museum, guests may also enjoy visiting the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, the Greensboro Cultural Center or the Greensboro Public Library, all of which are located nearby. An abundance of shops and restaurants in the area round out a day in downtown Greensboro.
130 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27401, Phone: 336-373-2043
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