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Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington

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Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a museum located at 814 Market Street in downtown Wilmington in southeastern North Carolina. Founded in 1898, it is the oldest history museum in the state.Museum scopeThe Cape Fear Museum was founded in 1898 by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to preserve artifacts relating to the Civil War. Today, it is owned and operated by New Hanover County New Hanover, North Carolina. The Museum moved to its current location in 1970. The Museum's building is a combination of an historic structure—a 1930s Works Progress Administration armory—and a 1990s expansion.The museum has a collection of more than fifty two thousand artifacts, the vast majority of which are in storage. The Museum currently collects artifacts relating to the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear, defined as a 50 mile radius around the city of Wilmington. In addition to New Hanover, the adjacent counties are Brunswick and Pender. The extended region encompasses portions of Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, Duplin, and Onslow counties.
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  • It was a cold day in Wilmington, NC and we were looking for something to do inside. It was our good fortune to choose a visit to this museum. It is not a new attraction, but I suspect it has really co...  more »
  • This museum is good for all ages but has good interactive exhibits for children. Michael Jordan has sponsored an exhibit on the ecology of this area. Good exhibits on tube major trade products during ...  more »
  • I knew nothing about Wilmington before I came to visit. If you want to learn about this area and also some Civil War history, this is the place. They also had a special room showing movies and televis...  more »
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  • Went here on field trips as a kid. Took school groups there now that I'm older. Still awesome. Still educational. Still a great place to instill a love for science and history.
  • Awesome place! Very friendly staff. Interactive exhibits that present an accurate history in an interesting way. Cool exhibit selections!
  • I would highly suggest Cape Fear Museum to anyone looking for something fun to do in Wilmington. I am a freshman in college and I went to Wilmington for the day with a few friends and we really enjoyed our time here!! There is a great balance of history, science, and interactive aspects. Loved going here!
  • My daughter and I love the Museum. I have seen the huge diorama of the Wilmington Port about a dozen times but I still spend 30 minutes looking at all the little figures going about their daily lives as citizens of a vital Confederate portown.
  • Free day on the first Sunday of the month is nice.