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 majority of the Cape fear Museum is taken up with....well....Cape Fear and Wilmington area history and environs exhibits. The self-guided tour is very well laid out, nicely curated in tasteful...  more »
  • I had a free day on a rainy afternoon and decided to see the natural history museum. I also noticed several groups of parents having an opportunity to entertain and educate their kids at this great...  more »
  • Such a great museum! You get a little of everything here, and it's a wide range of things that they cover, from local history all the way to space exploration. As an adult I learned quite a bit, but this is a great place to take kids as there will be something there to fascinate almost any interest and make the museum cool again in an age where sitting in front of a tablet is a major part of their worldly knowledge.The staff is very friendly and helpful and the layout of the first floor is inventive with some new knowledge waiting around every twist and turn!
  • This museum is really great and interactive. It tells the difficult history of the region and also the science. We did not plan on going to this museum ans ended staying approximately 3 hours. I will be back to bring the rest of my children.

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