Exhibit draws thousands; on track to be most popular in 13 years

Raleigh, North Carolina (AP) 11-07

The North Carolina Museum of History is charging admission for its new exhibit, but that isn’t stopping visitors.

In fact, an average of more than 500 people visit the museum every day to see “Mysteries of the Lost Colony,” which is paired with another exhibit, “A New World: England’s First View of America.”

The exhibit is one month into its 12-week run. So far, attendance is approaching 15,000.

Director Ken Howard says the exhibit is on track to meet his prediction of 40,000 visitors, which could make the exhibit the most popular attraction since the museum opened at its current location in 1994.

Howard thought children wouldn’t find it interesting, so he created a companion exhibit with an American Indian village, costumes and props.

Admission is $10.