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Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington
(4.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This museum was so interesting, so much local history !! We enjoyed every exhibit. The civil war really came alive ! The giant sloth in the entry. was amazing. The only disappointment was a group of s...  more »
  • There were lots to learn here and it was entertaining for everyone! The staff was knowable and very accommodating to our needs. 
  • This is a fantastic museum, which treats all aspects of the history of the area and of Wilmington. The current Film Exhibit is great. We didn't know what to expect, but this a worthwhile afternoon. 
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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.