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Cape Fear Museum

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Address: 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910-798-4350
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The state's oldest history museum now houses the Michael Jordan Discovery...
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Informative Museum of the Area

The Cape Fear Museum provides a graphic presentation of the area's history and development. We found the exhibits to be relevant, educational, and well done. Depending upon how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The Cape Fear Museum provides a graphic presentation of the area's history and development. We found the exhibits to be relevant, educational, and well done. Depending upon how much time you have available, you could spend as much as two to three hours viewing the exhibits; unfortunately, our time was limited and we only spent a little more than an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

In the midst of construction, this museum managed to pull off a diverse group of displays. Clearly produced with a school-aged audience, the subjects also addressed an older visitors interest. Who knew that Wilmington held such a command of colonial history?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Great alternative if your kids are too old for the Children's Museum in Wilmington (which is great too). Interesting and well presented exhibits, plus some hands on stuff for the kids, especially about the history of the area. Just the right size to get through in 1-2 hours. Every time we're in Wilmington, the kids want to come back. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Easy to navigate, helpful staff, interesting exhibits. Looking forward to the new area being developed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This museum is geared for older kids in my opinion. There is so much real history and items of interest. Our little ones just were too young but the adults loved it !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This was our second time there (exhibits change regularly) and I enjoyed it so much I decided it was time to review it. This museum is the oldest history museum in NC. In 1898 it started out as a one room museum in the Wilmington Light Infantry's building. In the 1920s it was in two rooms of the county courthouse.... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This museum is housed in an old historic Armory Building. Pieces of local history are presented in a fascinating way for all ages.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

this is great for the history buff and alot for the kids to enjoy too. Upstairs is a "ship" that you can pretend to "work" in teaches kids what kinds of jobs are on board. 2 levels of war history along with local history and some science. we sat and listened to the story of fort fisher while looking at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I came here as a change of pace to being out in the sun, and spent an informative couple of hours here looking at many interesting artifacts and hands-on exhibits. I have to say, I really don't understand the previous review saying that exhibits were not engaging enough for kids. Most exhibits seemed aimed at the younger crowd, with discussion... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

I'm not a huge museum person but this one really kept my interest! It was an inexpensive attraction that took about 2 hours to go through. There's a tremendous amount of history in Wilmington and Cape Fear. Im more of a science person and really loved the "how it works exhibit." This tied in some of physics I and II... More 

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Additional Information about Cape Fear Museum

Address: 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910-798-4350
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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