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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  • Cape Fear Museum covers the history and development of the Wilmington area. There are a lot of different types of displays and some of them allow you to interact with the information. The most interes...  more »
  • This place is so much better than their website!! There are a lot of exhibits and it is way bigger than I expected. The photography collection they currently have is absolutely beautiful. I am going t...  more »
  • The Cape Fear Museum has a lot of different exhibits for different interests and ages. We especially enjoyed walking through the history of the area from pre-settlement times to present day.  more »
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  • When looking at the pictures online I was a bit hesitant on this museum as it appeared a bit small, but wow was I pleasantly surprised at just how well packed this place was! Being near 30 and without kiddos, I was also a little hesitant in going as there appear to be many opportunities for young children on the weekend and let’s be real, when kids take over, it’s sometimes hard to get close enough to anything to really appreciate it, however, I found there was a nice balance for both kids and adults. I honestly had a lot of fun playing in some of the exhibits that offered hands on learning tools. A great place for both kids and adults! Also, rhe minature replications of Civil-War era Wilmington and Fort Fisher are top notch! There was so much to see and experience. Shout out to Susan who was behind the Native American replicas of tools. She was warm, receptive, and knowledgeable. The woman at the front desk today was also very friendly and helpful. The first Sunday of each month is complementary to locals and this was a great way to kick off my recent move to the area. I’ll be back!
  • I was there for the Civil Rights 1963 program. Incredible! Thank you for all you did to make this the moving experience it was Ann Foltrauer
  • Great museum. Something for everyone. Highly recommend a visit
  • 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.
  • Nice museum. Lot of local history. This city had been in many movies and TV. That display will be leaving soon.
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