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.
The 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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  • The museum took maybe a little over an hour. I think if we had children with us, we would have spent longer in the play areas. They have some interesting interactive ares for kids. It was nice to see ...  more »
  • We happened to see this on the downtown map and decided to give it a try. Varied and well laid out displays, some good historical info that we did not know about. My boys (10 and 13) loved the new din...  more »
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  • Great exhibits with well preserved artifacts from Civil War period. Cool science section with International Space Station exhibit. Also wildlife and environmental displays. My daughter enjoyed it alot.
  • Such a great hands on museum. The classes and drop in labs are entertaining and educational.

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