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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  • Often these each time you visit downtown Museum will visit them quite interesting, and you can see Watch the port of fresh work. Not a lot of people quite comfortably. Often start whenever an event.
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  • I wanted to see a movie set, but the recording suggested we attend the Cape Fear Museum, as nothing was going on. I thought this was time well spent with my 12 and 10 year old grandsons. We brought a ...  more »
  • We were looking for something to do and need to expand our knowledge of the city. Both things were accomplished in our 2 hour visit. The young lady at the entrance was friendly and informative. They "...  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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