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Cape Fear Museum

Address: 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910-798-4350
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Ranked #11 of 33 Attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The state's oldest history museum now houses the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery.
Attraction details
Type: Children's Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The state's oldest history museum now houses the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery.

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Apex, North Carolina
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110 reviews 110 reviews
42 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I was not expecting to pay $8 per adult to enter the museum. The museum was "ok" however not worth $8 per adult. It did not hold my interest, as other museums have. The video should be on display as an artifact itself due to the picture quality and poor sound. If it had been a free museum maybe I... More 

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Dublin Ireland
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174 reviews 174 reviews
57 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a must visit on your trip to Wilmington. I never knew how tar was made until today or see how primitive society was in the 20th century in Southern States. I read about the Wilmington 10 which is sad that these injustices happened so recently. There are positives too and the city is now a totally different and... More 

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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162 reviews 162 reviews
80 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum is located on Market street a few blocks east of the historic district. I originally wasn't planning on this being one of my first stops in Wilmington, but I am glad I did. There is a lot of reading at this museum. So bring glasses if you need them. The museum does a really good job of describing... More 

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61 reviews 61 reviews
47 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Had time to kill on a Sunday afternoon after touring houses and stopped in museum. It was a great museum with a lot of history and exhibits. They were having a seashell show while we were there ,so it was interesting to see shells we have never seen before .

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Durham, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Learning about regional history, the origin of the "Cape Fear" name, and a bit of science made for a pleasant afternoon during our week in Wilmington. This downtown attraction has a reasonable admission fee and free parking in their lot. The Museum is accessible, with an elevator and a free wheelchair and stroller available for visitor use. Some exhibits have... More 

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King George, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Nice mix of history and science. Good location a few blocks from the river. There was a small travelling space exhibit when we went; the permanent exhibits are a life science exhibit on animals in the area, and a large section on the history of the region. My 8 and 10 year old boys enjoyed it.

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I got the information what were going on in the past. it's like we go to a century wat back. the museum has two floor and just enough space to explain what was going on in the past

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We strolled in to this museum during a rainy day of our vacation. There are hands on kids displays and a lot of historical info for the adults. Also, check their website, because the day we were there happened to be a 'free admission' day. A welcomed surprise.

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Cary, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a good museum to visit to obtain an overview of the local history. It chronicles the history starting with the indigenous Native American people and the European Immigration. It does not gloss over the painful eras of the civil war and segregation.

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place is amazing. 10,000 years of history of the Cape Fear region. There is so much to look at and read. The exhibits were engaging for me and my wife as well as our 2 small boys (4 and 2). There was puzzles, touching, guessing, even SMELLING exhibits.

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