A car smashed against the North Carolina Museum of History on Friday morning, cracking the facade of the building at the corner of East Edenton and North Wilmington streets.
Police said there had been an accident just before 6 a.m. involving another vehicle, and the one car went over the curb and across the museum lawn and struck the building.
Airbags in the car deployed from the impact, but there was no immediate information about injuries.
State maintenance officials on the scene had not been into the building, but said they did not expect to find any structural damage behind the cracked facade.
Police said the cars collided at the intersection.
Preliminary information indicated the traffic light at the corner was malfunctioning, police said, but the accident was still under investigation Friday morning.