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Museum of Cape Fear

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Address: 801 Arsenal Ave., Fayetteville, NC
Phone Number: 910-486-1330
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A history museum covering the southern region of North Carolina.

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Another Terrific Historical Stop in Fayetteville

Don't miss stopping here if you enjoy American history. The museum itself is a small two-story building with nicely done displays of the history of Fayetteville. Many exhibit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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356 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Great place to get an overview of history for all of North Carolina. The exhibit of photographs for the slave plantation was fascinating, and the arsenal park adjacent are quite interesting.

Thank Rachel C
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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73 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Travel back to the early history of the Cape Fear River area. This museum allows visitors to start from the era of early Native Americans and their hollowed out canoes to the time after the American Revolution. Private tours are available to the public with minimum notice or you can wander about the museum on your own. The staff there... More 

Thank Madeline103119148
Wade, North Carolina
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have been to this fine museum many times. I enjoy and recommend you stop in while you are in Fayetteville. And if you live in Fayetteville and have yet to visit...shame on you. ;P

Thank ohsnapanm
Austin, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This museum has a the history of the area with some very unique exhibits. Two floors with one exhibit a actual makeup of a riverboat. The tour of the Eger Allen Poe house (same name, but not the author) was very informative about how people lived in the Victorian time period. Well worth the visit and admission is free.

1 Thank emil334
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87 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The Special Ops museum is what people think of when they think of museums in Fayetteville, but I don't think a lot of people know about the other hidden gems! This is a great place to take the kids on a hot summer day and learn about some local history. It is a decent sized museum, and you will learn... More 

1 Thank Tripper12312
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195 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Don't miss stopping here if you enjoy American history. The museum itself is a small two-story building with nicely done displays of the history of Fayetteville. Many exhibit items are unique and there are several fun hands-on displays (including a mock Civil War tent) for kids. We had a 6 yr. old with us who learned a lot about his... More 

Thank MichiganCookies
Greenville, North Carolina
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127 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The museum is middle sized, but has some excellent displays of the Cape Fear River region history. It includes a full sized replica of a 19th century river boat. The museum is next to the historic Poe House and the old Confederate Armory remains. This is a nice park, frequently with Revolutionary and Civil War reenactments. Well worth a couple... More 

Thank Lawrence B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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99 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a two-story museum honoring the history of the area. It's evident that a great deal of time was put into the creation of the various exhibits - like the side of a boat to show the ship loading docks. The staff was cheerful and helpful. There's no charge to see the museum - but we put money into... More 

Thank Milwaukeetraveler-dj
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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686 reviews
290 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 585 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The museum of the Cape Fear is part of a complex that also includes the 1897 Poe House and Arsenal Park located in Fayetteville, NC. The museum and Poe House are open every day of the week except Mondays and certain Federal holidays. The museum is open from 1000-1700 Tuesday through Saturday and 1300-1700 Sundays. Tours of the Poe house... More 

3 Thank wbullseye
San Francisco, California
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Great little museum showing the history of Fayetteville from the Indian period through the arrival of the Scottish Highlanders and onward. The exhibits are very well done, and would be interesting for all ages. Good place to start one's journey; from here, it's just a short drive to historic downtown Fayetteville.

Thank Westcoast007

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