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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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  • If, like us, one of your main joys of visiting other US cities is to learn about local history, this museum will delight you. From pre-colonial days to the late 20th century, the local history exhibit...  more »
  • I lived here 8 years before we finally decided to go the Cape Fear Museum. What a dummy I was. I could have saved so much time learning about the area if I'd just gone when I moved here. Great museum ...  more »
  • Surprised at the quality of exhibits for a local museum. Everything is first rate, modern and informative. Does a real good job of showing history of the area. Spent almost 2 hours there. Parking is b...  more »
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  • It was very interesting the different displaces etc.. I would definitely come again.
  • We went to visit during Thanksgiving week. Originally we were going just to see the exhibit on Wilmington on Film, but the rest of the museum was so interesting we stayed quite a bit longer than expected. The walk from the waterfront is not too bad.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • A true gem for Wilmington residents and visitors to our area.