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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...
The state's oldest history museum now houses the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery.
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Kid-friendly but nice for adults too

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Capers Bend
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Capers Bend
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Rose Hill, North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
44 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A nice museum. Good variety of exhibits. Well kept. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I did come away with Two gripes: 1) They are severely understaffed. The only employee we saw the whole time was the very nice lady at the front. She was spectacular. But no one really around to answer questions and the gift shop/bookstore was not even open.... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My wife and I visited the Cape fear Museum and spent about an hour learning about the history of the Historic Harbor Town of Wilmington. It was $8 per person to enter. The tour takes your through the rich history of the port. There's a huge display of what the waterfront would have looked like during colonial times. There are... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Really nice museum to learn about Cape Fear area and its development history, and also to learn how critical this area was during Civil War. And of course, it was really nice to see the small collection of Michael Jordan's connection to Wilmington NC!

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Frederick
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274 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We popped in here since it was open and close to where the hotel was. The admission was a scant $7 and we had about an hour that day to see it. Luckily we move fast through most places so this was a no brainer. This museum gives a comprehensive nautical and weather history for the area and was very... More 

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Our family LOVED the Cape Fear Museum. Perfect for any age. Wonderfully informative and interesting. Staff was friendly. Inexpensive must do!

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Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Cape Fear Museum has something for everyone from a display about Wilmington native and basketball legend, Michael Jordan to a model of the Battle for Fort Fisher in the Civil War. Other exhibits cover the history of childhood, education, labor, business, leisure, travel, military activity, household experiences, commerce, religion, and agricultural activities in the Lower Cape Fear area.

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Florence, South Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I expected a small local museum with limited displays, but was quite pleased to find it a mixed blend of local culture, items of scientific interest, and hands on displays for children. It is well worth a visit.

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Wilmington, NC USA
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122 reviews 122 reviews
15 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The Boat exhibit is fantastic , grandsons had fun trying all of the pulleys and other items in the exhibit.

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