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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  • August 29, 2017
    I enjoyed walking through this museum which tells the story of the area. There were a lot of displays and artifacts from the revolutionary and civil wars. There was also stories of the fishing industr...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is truly a local museum that focuses on local history and science that is relevant to the Cape Fear region. They also offer regular events and programs that are interesting. The price is also ver...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    We visited here last week and easily spent 2 1/2 hours and still didn't see everything. The different areas covered a wide variety of topics. One of the more "modern" exhibits covered the evolution of...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    We had a great time here, very informative. As former NC residents we learned a lot, it was worth the admission fee. Friendly staff.and.clean environment.Kid friendly.
  • June 27, 2017
    Very nice museum. Lists of exhibits relating to the history of Wilimington and slavery. Great place to visit.
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice museum. Lot of local history. This city had been in many movies and TV. That display will be leaving soon.
  • June 14, 2017
    It was very interesting the different displaces etc.. I would definitely come again.
  • June 23, 2017
    Love this place. Would go back for another 4 hrs..

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