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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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Nice museum

I have been driving by this museum everyday for many years. I hadn't stopped in because I thought it might not be very kid friendly- I was wrong! On a rainy day we decided to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Topsail Island, North Carolina
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Topsail Island, North Carolina
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I have been driving by this museum everyday for many years. I hadn't stopped in because I thought it might not be very kid friendly- I was wrong! On a rainy day we decided to finally check out this wonderful local museum and we are so glad we did. The admission was very reasonable and if you have a local... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

What a wonderful museum--great exhibits! The historical model of the Cape Fear Riverfront is amazing! We arrived at 4:25 on a Friday and were not charged admission since it was so close to 5:00 (closing time). This worked for us as my 10-year-old would not have lasted through all the detailed historical exhibits. For those who want an interactive history... More 

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Mocksville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you like these local history museum them definitely go to this one. It isn't large but has quite a bit of information packed in there. I learned a lot about the Cape Fear area and Wilmington in the 2 hours it took us to go through the museum.

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Myrtle Beach, Sc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Stopped here while visiting Wilmington and was not disappointed. The admission cost is very reasonable. There is a diorama about Ft, Fisher which was very informative. There were also some hands on exhibits which would be great for the children. The exhibits include history of the ate , a photographic section, and a replica of a giant prehistoric sloth which... More 

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We more-or-less stumbled on to this museum when we found that the Bellamy Mansion was closed on Mondays, and we went in to beat the heat on the assumption that it was just a little local history display. To our delight, this museum was far more extensive and really well done than we ever imagined. There was a nice mixture... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great way to spend an afternoon with the family. Lots of interesting items and information. Very clean and tidy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We got there 20 minutes to closing and was able to see some parts of the display. It was very interesting. My middle school age son, my husband and I finally agreed on something. We all liked it. We will come early next time we are in town. I actually learned that the bird in my backyard was a mourning... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It was at least 95 outside and it was so hot walking around. We saw this museum and thought why not check it out. It was well worth it. very roomy with lots of history inside. The exibits were well thought out and very clean. The upstairs has an interactive area on board a ship the kids loved. Will go... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a Wilmington must for all ages. Rarely are museums set up to hold the attention of all ages but this gem gets the job done. What a joy, from the staff that greets you to the dinosaur fossil at he end. It tells the history of the Cape Fear Basin with interactive exhibits that you can actually touch.... More 

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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