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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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  • 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 »
  • We spent a good bit of time here. It was really interesting and they had great exhibits. Lots of history and a very nice facility.  more »
  • Small, but very detailed exhibits of area history. The exhibits cover a well rounded interpretation of history from all contributors to the region. Great artifacts and interactive for children ages 7 ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very nice museum. Lists of exhibits relating to the history of Wilimington and slavery. Great place to visit.
  • Nice museum. Lot of local history. This city had been in many movies and TV. That display will be leaving soon.
  • It was very interesting the different displaces etc.. I would definitely come again.
  • Love this place. Would go back for another 4 hrs..

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